Lohri is a popular Punjabi winter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Punjab region. The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. Lohri festival has a special significance for the agriculturists as it marks the beginning of a new financial year. On this day they clear up the division of the products of land between themselves and the tillers.
The festival of Lohri is celebrated in the evening. Peanuts, jaggery, sesame and gajak are eaten on this festival. In the evening, all the people of the house burn Lohri outside the house. They put peanuts, gajak, sesame and maize in the bonfire and revolve around it and pray for a happy future. Along with this, family members sing folk songs revolving around bonfire.
Til chikki or Sesame seeds Brittle is very popular treat made during Lohri and Makar Sankranti Festival. Chikki is a brittle made with unrefined sugar and nuts. The most common type is made with peanuts. I always use Jaggery instead of sugar to make chikki.
Happy Lohri | Healthy Seeds Chikki or Brittle Recipe
This Lohri I tried chikki with Healthy Seeds like Pumpkin Seeds,Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Melon Seeds and some chopped almonds , coconut. I also used Quinoa puffs. Quinoa is a highly balanced “grain.” The protein content in quinoa is higher than in most grains. Kind of a seed, king of a grain. Quinoa will “pop” or “puff” much like popcorn will, just with a little less show. They do not quadruple in size like a kernel of corn, but they do pop out of your pan and expand in size a little.
Grated jaggery – 2 cups Roasted peanuts – 1/2 cup ( I used readymade ) Melon seeds – 1/4 cup Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup Flax seeds – 1/8 cup Quinoa puff – 1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup Oil or ghee – 1 tbsp
For Topping :
Sliced almonds – 1/2 cup Slice dry coconut – 1/4 cup Fennel seeds – 2 tbsp Little crushed black pepper Himalayan pink salt
Lightly roast sesame seeds, flax seeds, melon seeds on low flame for 2- 4 minutes and keep them aside.
Cook jaggery (heavy bottom non stick pan) till a thick syrup is formed. To test that the syrup is ready put a drop in cold water. If it forms a firm ball the syrup is ready.
Now add peanuts , roasted seeds along with pumpkin seeds, quinoa puff and mix it well (Flame off).
Grease butter paper with oil.
Now sprinkle roasted sliced almonds and coconut, fennel seeds, crushed black pepper and himalayan pink salt.
Immediately spread prepared chikki mixturer on the greased plate. Again repeat topping on it.
Place another butter paper on it. Now level up mixture with rolling pin and gently spread mixture.
Let it cool slightly before cutting into desired shapes.
Quinoa is very popular these days. More people are consuming quinoa because its a very healthy seed. Yes, a seed and not a grain. I love quinoa and cook it often.
Quinoa Laddu is a healthy and sweet treat that is not only delicious but also nutritious to consume.
Quinoa is highly consumed by people especially those who are health conscious or are trying to get fit.
These laddus are made from Quinoa and dates, are extremely soft and chewy.
They do not contain added sugar or jaggery. The sweetness is derived from dates and raisins.
Despite being small in size, seeds are known to be super-nutritious. They are known to be a powerhouse of nutrients and can be consumed daily for a myriad list of health benefits. With an ample amount of fibre, fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants present in them, seeds are known to be extremely versatile and can be incorporated any way in any dish. With growing awareness, several people are opting to consume these seeds for better health. They can help you lose weight while providing you with enough energy for the whole day.
Seeds contain all the starting materials necessary to develop into complex plants. Because of this, they are extremely nutritious. Seeds are great sources of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
I often make and stock these kinds of healthy ladoos at home to snack in between meals. What I loved is the addition of fennel seeds. Fennel seeds are a storehouse of various nutrients, with low calories and high in different micro and macronutrients.
Quinoa puffs – 1 cup Coconut flakes – 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds – 1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup Dried red cranberries – 1/4 cup Pecans – 1/4 cup Chopped figs – 3 Chopped dates – 16 Golden raisins – 1/4 cup Dried apricot – 6 pieces Fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
Dry roast pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Roast them on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Keep it aside.
Heat a pan and add coconut flakes. Roast till crispy on low heat. Transfer them into separate bowl.
Add chopped dates, figs, pecans with raisins and cook for 3-4 minutes till they starts caramelised. Keep it aside.
Combine roasted seeds, coconut flakes, dates, figs, pecans with raisins in a bowl. Add fennel seeds with dried apricot, red cranberries and quinoa puffs.
Then transfer all mixture into a food processor. Grind them into a coarse mixture.
Transfer coarse mixture into a bowl. Make small/medium laddus.
Store them in an airtight container. Serve as needed.