Varo

Its no secret that I LOVE to bake; but did u know that I can barely make a decent cuppa tea. I usually throw my hands up at the mere mention of regular cooking- NOT because I dont enjoy it but because It almost never turns out the way its supposed to be:(

Which is why I was mighty thrilled to make the desi praline- VARO.

Many of us South Indians have had a version called Chikki. My love for these nutty sweets were stroked after my father in law started bringing home some everyday for my sis-in-law and me , almost everyday after his morning walks. Crunchy, sweet and nutty…this is without doubt a lovely sweet!

Thank you Alka for a great recipe..you can find the original recipe here.and thank you Srivalli for the Indian Cooking Challange that lets me learn new things.

Varo – Sindhi Sweet Treat (Diwali Special)
Ingredients:

Assorted Nuts (I used Almonds, Pistachios and Cashew nuts) – 1 Cup
Poppy Seeds / Khus Khus – 2 tbsp
Cardamoms – 4 -5
Sugar – 1 Cup
Ghee Clarified Butter – 1 tbsp

Method:

Slice all mixed nuts into medium sized pieces. Powder the Cardamom seeds.

Grease a flat plate or the back of a plate.

In a heavy bottomed pan, add ghee and sugar. On low heat melt the sugar without stirring too much until it turns light and then a deep brown shade. Working fast add in the nuts, poppy seeds and the cardamoms. Mix until the nuts are well coated(just a couple of seconds) and transfer the mixture to the prepared plate. Flatten using a rolling pin.
Let cool and harden.

Cut into pieces using a knife..it might be a bit hard to break but u can use the rolling pin to hammer in the knife..

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14 Comments

  1. Totally lipsmacking and a great picture!!

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  2. Thanks for joining..that looks so good..

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  3. Yummy and sure would have tasted good

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  4. Yummy and creamy

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  5. Pavani

     /  November 16, 2010

    That looks yummy. I used only pistachios, have to try with other nuts next time.

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  6. HAVE YOU SHIFTED? YOU BETTER PICK UP THAT AWARD FROM MY BLOG.

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  7. Nice presentation.As u said Lil angel loves chikkis but missed them here.She was delighted to have this :)

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  8. Now that looks super!!

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  9. Smitha

     /  November 15, 2010

    looks yums…yummy treat!

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  10. usha

     /  November 15, 2010

    Looks perfect and looks like cooking is also becoming your cup of tea now!

    http://myspicykitchen.wordpress.com/

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  11. wow!! this looks excellent

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  12. Irresistible varo..

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  13. aah… chikki… I like them a lot. Varo, never have them before but looks good.

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