We are always on the lookout for trail snacks that tickle our taste buds and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Besides, these outdoor trail snacks need to be dense in calories as we will carry them on a bicycle or in a rucksack. Power Gels and Bars are available aplenty. Yet, even when bought in bulk they end up draining our not so considerable bank balance. So we decided to make our own Indian version of GORP (Good Old Raisins & Peanuts) for the trail. Inspired by the humble Moonphalli Chikki/Ghachak here’s our connotation that
Costs a third of what a branded gachak/chikki does
Is far more nutritious and
Is endlessly configurable to taste.
Ingredients/Here’s what you need
Moongphali/Peanuts – 2 cups (300 grams)
Gud/Jaggery – 2 cups (300 grams)
Ghee/Clarified Butter – 2 tablespoons
Seed Mix topping* (optional) – 1 tablespoon each of pumpkin, chia, sunflower & 2 tablespoons f sesame seed (dry-roasted for 3 minutes)
A greased tray with butter paper
*This is an optional extra. I love it as it gives extra crunch & more nutrients. You can add seeds of your choice & experiment with flavours. Make your own mix – you can look at brittle cashew, desiccated coconut, chocolate chunks…
Recipe in 10 Steps
1. Dry roast peanuts on low flame for 10 minutes or microwave for 10-12 minutes. Roast till the skin starts separating from the kernel.
2. Remove peanut skin & break into halves.
3. Take a pan, add 2 tbsps ghee. Add the dessicated/broken jaggery. Keep on low-medium flame & stir continuously.
4. Bring the molten jaggery mix to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, till you see that the consistency has darkened in color – has thickened & is glistening.
5. Add the roasted peanuts, stir & mix well into the jaggery. Switch off the flame.
6. Add in the mix to the ready greased tray with butter paper. You can lay the greased paper on your table-top too.
7. Use the back of a flat spatula or a spoon to even out the mix on the tray.
8. Sprinkle the roasted seeds-mix on top of the mix.
9. Let the mix set for a minute & then cut into blocks of your desired size whilst the mix is warm
10. Let the tray cool. Once cool, your bars can be removed easily from the set & are ready.