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India 2021 - Recipes

Pista nu chikki: Pistachio nut brittle with ginger & jaggery

This is a very simple brittle, which is incredibly delicious and impossible to leave alone. You can either serve it in a slab so that your guests can break off as much as they want, or if you fear they might be too conservative (or greedy) you could always make rounds.

Serves 4-6

Canola oil
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
9 ounces jaggery, broken into small pieces*
1¼ teaspoons ground ginger
a pinch of sea salt
¼ cup sliced or crushed pistachios.

*available from Amazon if unable to find in a local store

1. Prepare a pan by lining it with some parchment paper or foil and very lightly brushing it with some oil.
2. Put the butter in a separate pan on a medium to low heat. When it has melted, add the jaggery. Stir until melted, then add the ginger and salt. Stir again and cook until the jaggery caramelizes, becoming darker and thicker; this should take around 6 to 8 minutes.
3. You will need to work quickly now. Spread the jaggery onto the parchment paper in a 1/8-inch thick layer, then scatter over the pistachios.
4. Let cool for around 30 minutes before eating. Serve alongside scoops of ice cream or as a small treat with coffee.

Recipe from Made in India Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha

India 2021 - Recipes

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