Story/History of recipe
Verusenaga are consumed all over the world in many different ways. Apart from the most common ways like peanut butter, Verusenaga oil and simply roasted Verusenaga they are also included in various supplemental bars because of it’s nutrient content. Verusenaga Chikki can be a much simpler version of such bars. These crunchy and sweet candies are originally from Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu (South India) and are commercially available since the 1940s. Though they were part of many festival special sweets, it has now become a favourite and common household treat.
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- Dry roast the Verusenaga in a pan at a low flame. Do not over roast. Transfer the roasted peanuts to a bowl after peeling the skin off and keep it aside.
- Add jaggery to a pan and a little water and melt it completely.
- Clean the melted jaggery using a filter and add it to a fresh pan.
- Cook the jaggery in a low to medium flame until it thickens.
- You need to get a consistency where it is thick enough for a candy. Be very cautious and don't let it turn dark as it can spoil the taste.
- To test the consistency, take some water in a small bowl and drop a few drops of jaggery in it.
- If it turns into a glass like structure which is breakable then it is perfect.
- At this stage add the roasted Verusenaga and cardamom powder. Give it a mix. You can switch off the flame in one or two minutes after adding Verusenaga.
- Once it has mixed well transfer the contents to a square shaped container that is greased with ghee.
- Use a greased spoon too while filling and pressing it inside.
- Soon the contents get the shape of the container. You can flip it on a plate and remove the big bar of Verusenaga and jaggery.
- Using a greased knife cut it into small pieces. This can be stored in an airtight container and enjoyed for over a month.
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- Energy -158 cal
- Protein - 4.2 g - 8%
- Carbohydrates - 19 g - 6%
- Fiber - 1.4 g - 5%
- Fat - 8 g - 10%
- Cholesterol - 0 mg - 0%
- Vitamin A - 6 mcg - 0%
- Vitamin B3 - 2 mg - 13%
- Vitamin B9 - 38 mcg - 10%
- Vitamin E - 1.4 mg - 9%
- Calcium - 29 mg - 2%
- Iron - 1.2 mg - 7%
- Potassium - 113 mg - 2%
- Sodium - 2.8 mg - 0%
- Magnesium - 27 mg - 6%
- Phosphorus - 67 mg - 6%
- Zinc - 0.6 mg - 5%
- Verusenaga are loaded with proteins and fibre that helps in increasing the energy levels, reduces the risk of heart disease and manages blood sugar.
- It contains healthy fats and low carbohydrates hence can be included to your daily diet.
- Verusenaga are rich in vitamins and minerals that can be helpful for muscle and heart health. These nutrients are also essential during pregnancy.
- Vitamins that improve brain health and boost memory are also present in Verusenaga.
- Jaggery is rich with iron and helps prevent anemia.
- It also supports immune health.
- Compared to all other nuts, Verusenaga has the highest level of protein.
- Roasting the Verusenaga can increase its overall antioxidant content.
- Research shows that regular intake of Verusenaga in a significant amount can lower the risk of gallstones.
- Verusenaga Chikki earned the geographical indication (GI) tag in April 2020. It is said that Kovilpatti kadalai mittai is famous because of the Thamirabarani river which has enriched the organic main ingredients of this candy.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A significant amount of 1- 2 pieces of Verusenaga Chikki can be consumed by all age groups.
- It is a healthy snack option especially for kid.
Good times to eat:
- Any time is good for this tasty candy.
- Consuming at noon can keep you away from cravings and also keeps you energetic.
- Having a piece after a meal helps with good digestion.
Eat along with:
- This can be eaten alone as it is or along with savories/snacks.
When not to eat or eat more often:
- Avoid if you are allergic to peanuts.
- Diabetic patients are also advised not to eat.
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