By birth, I am a Bengali; by heart, I am a die-hard fan of Punjabis. I adore their attitude to laugh at themselves or their ways to celebrate with an open heart or their food. Having spent the golden period of my life in Delhi, I got to spend a lot of time with Punjabis, and been part of their celebrations. On the day of Lohri today, I am thousands of miles away, but I’ve found my own way to celebrate Lohri. Wish a very Happy Lohri to my friends!
- Almonds: ½ cup (cut in halves)
- Cashew nuts: ½ cup (cut in halves)
- Pistachio flakes: 1 tbsp
- Cardamom powder: ¼ tsp
- Sugar: 3/4 cup
- Honey: 1/4 cup
- At first dry roast cashew nuts in a hot non-stick pan. Then dry roast almonds.
- Now, put sugar into the non-stick pan and let it melt on a low to medium flame. Stir it to prevent from burning. When sugar melts completely, add honey, almonds, cashew nuts, cardamom powder and mix well.
- Now pour the mixture on parchment paper and spread it evenly. Sprinkle pistachio flakes.
- Gently roll it with greased rolling pin.
- After 3 to 4 minutes, make square (or diamond-shaped) marks with a sharp knife and allow it to cool.
Separate the chikki into square or diamond shaped pieces and store in an air-tight container.