So, it is made from groundnuts and jaggery. I had no idea what jaggery was, so I decided to dig deeper. According to Wikipedia, jaggery is defined as follows:
Jaggery (also transliterated as jaggeree) is a traditional unrefined non-centrifugal whole cane sugar consumed in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It is a concentrated product of cane juice/date juice without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color. It contains up to 50% sucrose, up to 20% invert sugars, moisture content of up to 20%, and the remainder made up of other insoluble matter such as wood ash, proteins and bagasse fibers. It was originally created as an easier way to transport sugar. In Venezuela, it is an essential ingredient for many typical recipes, and in some parts of the country, it is used in place of refined sugar as a more accessible, cheaper and healthier sweetener. Jaggery is mixed with other ingredients, such as peanuts, condensed milk, coconut, and white sugar, to produce several locally marketed and consumed delicacies.
I have found that jaggery is wholesome, pure and filled with minerals and vitamins. It has even been referred to as "medicinal sugar" and was used as an energy supplement in ancient times. Jaggery is a natural alternative to white sugar. Pretty neat, stuff!
So, now I'm curious. How many of you have heard of jaggery or Chikki, before?