Gachak (a peanut and jaggery dish) may be known by many appellations throughout India but the taste that it effuses is definitely uniform. It is called chikki in North India with its origin being in Gujarat. It has a burst of different textures ranging from sticky to chewy to crunchy. The long shelf life of this dish is another icing on the cake. You needn't think twice before offering a couple of pieces of this protein-rich snack to your children!
Another variation of Gachak is one which is made with sesame instead of peanuts, called Sesame chikki or Til Gachak. Also called kadala muttai or Kadalai Mittai.
What’s so special about Peanut Gachak?
The caramelized crispy and nutty peanut bar, commonly called Gur Peanut Chikki, is a favorite delicacy with most Indian people. The yummy peanut chikki blends peanut and jaggery to dish out a nutrient-dense treat. The combination of these 2 ingredients is so perfect that every time you take a bite, you get a burst of heavenly flavors in your mouth.
Peanut Gachak is speckled with peanuts all over and makes for an ideal gluten-free and egg free snack. Also, the sweet has a long shelf life and you can store it in an airtight container for almost 3-4 months.
What is the actual flavor of Peanut Gachak?
Peanut Gachak or Peanut Chikki is made of just 2 main ingredients and has a sticky and chewy flavor with a hint of crunchiness in it.
Why is Peanut Gachak so popular?
This Indian peanut candy is super popular and extremely addictive. And, why not, it is-
- Instant energy booster
- An easy and fun snack
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Makes for an ideal kid snack as well as a favorite serving for family and friends.
Let’s take a quick peek into some health benefits of this bite sized candy:
- Rich in protein, fiber and good fat- Peanuts are healthy legumes with a high content of good fat, protein, and fiber. The plant-based protein source (peanuts) are rich in protein but low in carbohydrates. And, can you imagine, peanuts have 30 types of minerals and vitamins. This makes peanut gachak the perfect snack to gorge on.
- Purifies blood and cleanses detoxifies the body- Jaggery is the unrefined cane sugar that has amazing properties of removing the toxins from the body and cleaning the blood. It also aids in digestion. Since peanut gachak has a good amount of jaggery, you can avail the best benefits of this healthy sugar by munching on peanut gachak.
So, next time don't think twice before serving Peanut Gachak in your kids lunch box or as a sweet dessert for guests.