How To Make Maharashtrian Lonavala Chikki
Lonavala is named from the word 'Lenya' which means caves in Marathi since it has many rock cut caves. Its Shri Maganlal Agarwal who brought chikki to Lonavala more than 125years ago. Actually Shri Maganlal began selling Gurdana, a mixture of jaggery and groundnuts in a huge sack to the laborers, since gurdana is rich in protein and iron, the laborers used to consume it for the instant energy, later this simple gurdana turned to groundnut chikki. Chikki is made from simple ingredients like jaggery,sugar, nuts.
- Prep Time15mins
- Cook Time30mins
Key ingredients for Maharashtrian Lonavala Chikki
How to make Ghee
Ingredients to make Maharashtrian Lonavala Chikki
- 1+1/2cups Mixed nuts (broken coarsely)
- 1cup sugar
- 1pinch Baking soda
- 2tbsp Ghee
Steps to make Maharashtrian Lonavala Chikki
- Drop and spread a tablespoon of ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, sprinkle the sugar over it (this helps for caramelizing evenly). Meanwhile prepare a wooden board and rolling pin, grease them generously with the remaining ghee.
- Place the pan in slow flame, allow the sugar to melt and caramelize. Add the baking soda, once the sugar turns a deep brown colour, remove immediately from the fire.
- Drop the broken nuts, give a stir. Transfer immediately to the greased board, press the mixture with rolling pin.
- Allow to cool, while its still warm cut as squares. Once cooled completely, break the chikkis as squares.
- Store them in air tightened box.