November 16, 2010

Varo - Dry Fruit Chikki ~ Indian Cooking Challenge

It is good to back with the ICC challenge after a gap. After the diwali treats, I was a bit hesitant to try another sweet. But did not want to miss ICC. So decided to do it on the last day. Take care while caramelizing the sugar to get crisp chikkis. I followed Avisha's recipe

You need

Almonds + cashews - 1/2 cup

Dry coconut - 1 tbspn

Poppy seeds - 1 tbspn

Sugar - 1/3 cup

Ghee - 2 tspn


Chop the nuts. In a heavy bottomed pan, add ghee and sugar. When sugar melts and caramelize to a light brown color, add the sliced nuts, coconut and poppy seeds. Switch off the stove. Mix all ingredients so that the sugar is coated well.

Transfer the mixture to a greased board and roll it even with a greased rolling pin or with the base of  a katori. You should be quick in spreading else it will be hardened quickly. Mark slices and break them into pieces when cool. Enjoy crisp dry fruit chikkis. It hardly took 5 minutes to make this



  1. Looks so yummmy!!! But heavy on the waistline!!!


  2. Nice recipe,what would be the tast if we were to omit the dry coconut powder?

  3. this is so yummy.. i had a thing for this in college and used to make a lot of chikkis..mostly peanut...never tried adding poppy seeds..


  4. @Rajani Akka, coconut is optional. it won't affect the taste.

  5. The chikki has come out really well. I missed this month's challenge....but am planning to make it soon.

  6. Am drooling here, irresistible varo..

  7. Love the healthy chikki version, Jayasree.

  8. Varo looks healthy and makes a great snack to munch on!

  9. Jayasree super the colour and neat shapes
    This makes me try for karthigai
    I have a heavy non-stick pan so am giving it a try!

  10. Love chikki and yours looks irresistible. Love that pendant with the blue stones. :)

    Slowly trying to catch up with all my fave blogs after a gap. :D

  11. It's good to have you back Jayasree..your varo looks great..


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