Til Chikki ( Baby and Toddler)
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तिल की चिक्की
- हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Til Chikki ( Baby and Toddler) in Hindi)
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Leave alone children, even adults love the traditional, evergreen Til Chikki! This simple recipe gives a high dose of calcium and iron, which are wonder nutrients for your growing baby.
We have made the recipe child-friendly by using a small amount of jaggery to sweeten it. While this gives a pleasant sweetness, it is not as sweet as what you get in the market.
Let them nibble on this delightful snack between meal times, but be around to ensure they are chewing properly as such dry and crisp foods could cause choking if the children stuff themselves with it.
- Heat a deep non-stick kadhai, add the sesame seeds and dry roast on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and keep aside.
- Heat the ghee in the same deep non-stick kadhai, add the jaggery, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
- Remove from the flame, add the roasted sesame seeds and mix very well.
- When the mixture is ready, transfer the entire mixture over the back of a greased thali or a smooth stone surface and roll out thinly into a 200 mm. (8”) diameter circle using a greased rolling pin.
- Cut them into 38 mm. X 38 mm. (1. 5’’×1. 5’’) 16 equal square pieces using a sharp knife and keep aside to cool completely.
- Once cooled, serve immediately or store in an air-tight container.
- This chikki stays fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for atleast a week.
Til Chikki ( Baby and Toddler) recipe with step by step photos
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Til Chikki is a finger food for babies who have started teething.
Make small pieces of this chikki and let the baby lick on his / her own. Practice self-feeding in them.
Be careful when serving this chikki to your little one. Be around and keep a close check that they don’t bite a big piece and swallow it without chewing. This might lead to choking.
It’s packed with iron because of the use of sesame seeds along with jaggery.
For til chikki recipe for kids | til gur ki chikki for toddlers| til ki chikki, finger food for kids | how to make til chikki for kids at home, first grease the back of a 250 mm. (10”) thali and a thick rolling pin using little ghee. Keeping this greased thali and rolling pin ready is important as once the mixture has been cooked, it has poured on the greased thali immediately. Instead of a thali you can also grease a smooth platform. Use of a thick rolling pin is necessary for giving uniform pressure while rolling. Keep this aside.
Then select good quality of sesame seeds. Choose seeds which are tiny, flat oval seeds with a nutty taste and a delicate crunch. Also, the seeds should be free from dust, stones or debris.
Place around ¾ cup of sesame seeds in a deep non-stick pan. Using a deep non-stick pan is necessary for ease of mixing of all the ingredients one by one.
Dry roast the sesame seeds on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes. After 3 minutes you will notice that the sesame seeds starts crackling and browning. After 5 minutes check if the seeds have browned well. You will have to make your own judgement to cook for 5 minutes or 6 minutes, depending on how well they have browned.
Switch off the flame and transfer the roasted sesame seeds onto a flat plate for cooling, This is to avoid the sesame seeds from cooking further.
Continue making the til gur ki chikki for toddlers, by heating ghee in the same deep non-stick pan.
Once the ghee melts, add ¼ cup of jaggery. These are the final 2 ingredients of til ki chikki.
Mix well using a flat ladle and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously. The jaggery should melt completely but not blacken and burn.
Switch off the flame at this stage. This is necessary to avoid the jaggery from being over-cooked. Add the roasted sesame seeds to it.
Mix it very well using the same flat ladle. The jaggery and sesame seeds should blend very well to make til ki chikki, finger food for kids.
Immediately pour the entire mixture over the back of a greased thali or a smooth stone surface.
Roll it out thinly into a 200 mm. (8”) diameter circle using a greased rolling pin.
Cut them into 38 mm. (1. 5’’×1. 5’’) square pieces using a sharp knife. You can even out the edges first so you get all uniform square shaped pieces. This cutting into pieces has to be done before the mixture cools down.
Allow til chikki recipe for kids to cool completely.
Finally scrape with a flat ladle to get til gur ki chikki for toddlers pieces.
If you like til chikki, also try other recipes for Makarsankranti like Mixed Til Chikki and Til and Dry Fruit Chikki.
If your tiny tots like Til Chikki, also try other finger food recipes like Roti Ladoo for Babies and Toddlers. See detailaed recipe of Roti Ladoo for Babies and Toddlers
3 whole wheat chapati (6” each)
1 tbsp melted ghee
2 tbsp finely chopped jaggery (gur)
Tear the chapatis into very small pieces.
Add the jaggery and ghee and mix very well till the mixture binds well.
Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
Serve chapati ladoo recipe for babies and toddlers immediately or store in an air-tight container.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per piece
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