Peanut Chikki (Burfi)

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About Peanut Chikki

Peanut chikki is a popular munching item which is available all over India. It is also called Badavara badami, meaning poor man’s almonds because it is sold in the smallest of shops in poorest of region simply because it is cheap and sells. As a child I remember my mom made it by mixing roasted peanuts with jaggery syrup. I also remember seeing them at the small make-shift shops alongside the streets of malleshwaram in Bangalore where I grew up. At school we used to wait until lunch intervals to run to a nearby shops to buy Chikki at 5 paisa per piece.

What you need to have:

Peanuts – 100 grams/1 cup

Sugar – 100 grams/little less than 1 cup

Pure ghee – 1 teaspoon

cardamom – 3-4

Roasted peanut powder and sugar powder

What you do with what you have:

1. Roast peanuts for about 15 minutes on a medium flame until you get a pleasant aroma. At this point the peanuts must be very easy to peal.

2. Powder sugar fine in the mixer/blender.

3. Peal the roasted peanuts, add (pealed) cardamom and crush them fine in a mixer/blender.

4. In a shallow bowl on the flame, take 1 teaspoon of pure ghee. Add powdered sugar from Step 2 and keep stirring on a medium flame.

5. When sugar powder melts completely switch off the flame and add powdered peanuts from Step 3.

6. Stir this mixture and when well mixed, spread this mixture on a wooden board.

7. Roll this with chapathi roller & cut into pieces immediately as shown below.

chikki being rolled out

Chikkies rolled and being cut

What they look like:


Ready for serving/packaging

Store in air tight containers and they remain crispy for about 2-3 weeks.

What to remember:

1. Do not melt sugar powder on high flame since it might turn black and bitter.

2. The mixture from Step 6 should be rolled and cut before it is allowed to cool. In fact, even the process of cutting itself should be quick because one end of the rolled mixture might cool off while you are cutting another end.

3.If sugar and peanut is added in equal quantity , the burfi turns out sticky, hence i add little less sugar powder to avoid it from the burfies turning out sticky.

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of Servings: 25-30

22 thoughts on “Peanut Chikki (Burfi)

    Anjali said:
    November 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Tried this today.Though a tedious procedure, it turned out well.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 8, 2009 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      Since u r preparing it 4 da first time u feel like that. Once u get the grip over the recipe, then it will be very easy.

    Thanu said:
    November 19, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Pratibha,

    I failed the first time when i used the coarse domino sugar(which is not coarse really) that we get here in US.The sugar refused to melt and eventually turned into stones 😦 . I dont want to give up, will try again with fine sugar and let u know the results. Loved our blog. And bookmark it.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 20, 2009 at 7:30 am

      Hi Thanu

      You are not wrong. The sugar turns into stones on melting and if you continue to melt it on low flame , stiring continuously it will melt on its own. Even with the normal sugar it is the same story. As soon as it melts add peanut powder and stir it vigorously switching off the flame, and immediately pour it on wooden plank, roll it with a rolling pin and cut it. Else u will not be able to cut it at all. Many people have failed to prepare chikki though it is easy and very very tasty. Do try and give me the feed back. Try & try never say die.Bye for now.



    Thanu said:
    November 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Thank you so much for that bit of info Pratibha. Now I feel more confident. Will definitely try the first thing tomorrow and let you know the result.
    Take Care,

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Thanu,

      Thanx 4 ur instant response and i really appreciate ur interest to prepare and provide me the feed back.

    Thanu said:
    November 22, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Hi Pratibha,

    I just tried it again today and it was a sucess ..phew !!! 🙂 . Thank you so much for the recipe. Its one of my hubby’s favorite sweets from the little shop at the street corner in Bangalore. He loved it today.

    (^ v ^)

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 22, 2009 at 7:13 am

      Hi Thanu,

      I hope the tips i gave u served da purpose. Thanx a lot. Do pass on the link to ur friends.


    Shubha said:
    December 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Prathibha,
    Tried this recipe on weekend and came out really very well. Me n my hubby relished the chikki.


      prathibalrao responded:
      December 23, 2009 at 7:39 am

      Hi Shubha,

      Thanx a lot for ur feedback.

    Sulakshana said:
    February 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Hi Prathiba,

    Thanks for the recipe. We live in Sweden.
    Every friday there is a get together in my hubby’s office.

    They take some cakes for the party.. it is called as PHIKA.
    coffe and cake. This friday is my hubby’s turn. So, i will prepare this recipe. Thanks a lot once again.

    prathibalrao responded:
    February 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Sulakshana,

    You are welcome to prepare this but don’t leave it for the last minute. Since you are preparing for the first time I suggest you prepare it a couple of days in advance.

    And do let me know how it goes !

    The Indian Food Court said:
    February 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    […] now here it is on the blog. What else do I prepare with peanuts – well, Masala Peanuts and Peanut Chikki is something you should check […]

    Peanut Usli « The Indian Food Court said:
    February 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    […] now here it is on the blog. What else do I prepare with peanuts – well, Masala Peanuts and Peanut Chikki is something you should check […]

    jiah said:
    March 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I am dying to make this recipe……..was having chikki today..I thought why not try it at home..just google searched and I am very impressed with the response this recipe has got…….

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Jiah,

      I f you try out the recipe as per instructions, it will be superb!!!!!

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    RH said:
    July 8, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Absolutely perfect and easy recipe. Tried it today, and the chikkis were so perfect. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


      prathibalrao responded:
      July 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Hi Roopa,
      Thanx a lot for ur feed back. Do try out other recipes of your choice please and do pas on the link among your friends community.

    sakshi sikka said:
    June 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    can we use Gud instead of pwd sugar?
    if yes than what should be the quantity and how to use it?

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