Lohri is a popular Punjabi winter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Punjab region. The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. Lohri festival has a special significance for the agriculturists as it marks the beginning of a new financial year. On this day they clear up the division of the products of land between themselves and the tillers.
The festival of Lohri is celebrated in the evening. Peanuts, jaggery, sesame and gajak are eaten on this festival. In the evening, all the people of the house burn Lohri outside the house. They put peanuts, gajak, sesame and maize in the bonfire and revolve around it and pray for a happy future. Along with this, family members sing folk songs revolving around bonfire.
Til chikki or Sesame seeds Brittle is very popular treat made during Lohri and Makar Sankranti Festival. Chikki is a brittle made with unrefined sugar and nuts. The most common type is made with peanuts. I always use Jaggery instead of sugar to make chikki.
Happy Lohri | Healthy Seeds Chikki or Brittle Recipe
This Lohri I tried chikki with Healthy Seeds like Pumpkin Seeds,Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Melon Seeds and some chopped almonds , coconut. I also used Quinoa puffs. Quinoa is a highly balanced “grain.” The protein content in quinoa is higher than in most grains. Kind of a seed, king of a grain. Quinoa will “pop” or “puff” much like popcorn will, just with a little less show. They do not quadruple in size like a kernel of corn, but they do pop out of your pan and expand in size a little.
Grated jaggery – 2 cups
Roasted peanuts – 1/2 cup ( I used readymade )
Melon seeds – 1/4 cup
Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
Flax seeds – 1/8 cup
Quinoa puff – 1/4 cup
Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup
Oil or ghee – 1 tbsp
For Topping :
Sliced almonds – 1/2 cup
Slice dry coconut – 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds – 2 tbsp
Little crushed black pepper
Himalayan pink salt
- Lightly roast sesame seeds, flax seeds, melon seeds on low flame for 2- 4 minutes and keep them aside.
- Cook jaggery (heavy bottom non stick pan) till a thick syrup is formed. To test that the syrup is ready put a drop in cold water. If it forms a firm ball the syrup is ready.
- Now add peanuts , roasted seeds along with pumpkin seeds, quinoa puff and mix it well (Flame off).
- Grease butter paper with oil.
- Now sprinkle roasted sliced almonds and coconut, fennel seeds, crushed black pepper and himalayan pink salt.
- Immediately spread prepared chikki mixturer on the greased plate. Again repeat topping on it.
- Place another butter paper on it. Now level up mixture with rolling pin and gently spread mixture.
- Let it cool slightly before cutting into desired shapes.
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