With seasons flying by, it’s time to reach for warmer flavors, things that give comfort. Through fall and winter reach out for the goodness of iron rich jaggery. This brittle is easy to make. Using a good quality heavy bottom pan is key to getting the jaggery cooked well. Use a simple ‘water test’ to make sure the jaggery is done. I missed it once, and happily scraped the ‘not quite done’ brittle back into this fabulous pan, did the water test, and success! Use whichever nuts you fancy. A mix of cashew nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and almonds are good too. Throw in dried cranberries or melon seeds too if you like. This is your brittle, make it with love!
Total time: 20 minutes Serves 3-4
– Jaggery granules: 1 cup
– Whole almonds: 1/2 cup
– Clarified butter/ghee: 1 tablespoon
– Water: 1 tablespoon
– Dry roast the almonds until crisp. I do them on a heatproof platter in the microwave, a minute at a time. This takes 3-4 minutes. Once roasted you will notice they are golden brown with a few cracks.
-Cool, and then chop. Reserve.
– Lightly grease a Kitchen Aid cookie tray with clarified butter. Keep aside.
– Place all ingredients except almonds in the KitchenAid Nonstick 10″ Skillet. Whisk continuously with the Utility Whisk, over low heat until the jaggery is melted and bubbles away. You will notice it becoming thicker. Stir constantly.
– After about 5-6 minutes, begin the water test. Drop a drop of melted jaggery in a bowl of cold water. In 1-15 seconds check if it is crisp. If not continue to cook over low heat.
– Once it passes the water test, stir in the almonds, then carefully turn the mixture onto the greased tray, spreading rapidly with an offset spatula/butter knife until uniformly spread. You can score it into squares or rectangles now if you like, else break randomly like I have done later.
– Leave to cool for about 30 minutes. Break into pieces gently, and store in an airtight container.
– For a festive feel, you can even sprinkle it with slivered dry fruits, and garnish with beaten silver leaf.
Note : be careful with kids around melted jaggery as it is very hot and can cause serious burns.