The arrival of winter brings with it a new variety of tasty dishes and vegetables that are enjoyed exclusively during the cold season. From slurping warm pumpkin soup to warming up our bodies and snacking on daulat ki chaat in the cool breeze, the season makes us crave all these delicious delicacies. Another seasonal delicacy is the chikki. Once the cold season kicks in, you can find this traditional snack in candy stores, local grocers, dairy stores, and even superstores! Chikki, a North Indian classic, is made by preparing gur, ghee and dry fruits in a special way to give a crunchy brittle texture. People assume that this three-ingredient snack would be easy to make, but a video on the internet stunned us! A food blogger caught the making of Gwalior’s til ki chikki on camera and the time and effort it takes to make this special chikki has left us in awe. Look:
In the video, we get to see Gwalior’s til ki chikki being prepared from scratch. First, they start by melting the cane sugar-based mixture and reducing it to string consistency. Then it cooled by spreading it on a plate and folding it. then the mixture is dangled from a hook on the wall to aerate the gour mixture. Once that is done, the clump is continuously folded into sesame seeds until the seeds are fully incorporated. Finally, they hammer the gur sesame mixture into thin sheets and quickly cut it into square strips. The methodical and time-consuming procedure of making this til ki chikki has left us in awe. The video was uploaded by Instagram-based food blogger @_tastetour and has over 320k likes and 5.7 million views.
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There’s a reason snacks like til ki chikki are enjoyed in the winter. Til or sesame seeds are known in Ayurveda for their ability to generate heat in our body. They are also packed with antioxidants that help repair the skin. That’s not all, these little seeds are also known to aid in digestion and are known for clearing up constipation. The dynamism of the lift makes it an excellent seed to add to your winter diet.