Somewhere in the middle of shaping the candies, I looked down at my fingers. I Just looked. I hear you say, so what? doesn't everyone look at their fingers...or actually hands? Yes. Well, okay. But, not everyone have memories attached to it, well..maybe or maybe not, as I do.
There we [my sister, brother & me] were, standing near the kitchen door wanting,..no waiting...no watching. Wait,..yes definitely its 'watching' this time - watching our mom's tender fingers wandering in the coarse, stickier, nuttier peanuts, well you get the point. She tries to shape them into perfect round candies. For some reason, our cravings for these soft, sticky candies becomes harder, ignoring her little efforts.
Do you think we waited for our mom to shape them? Yes, No..I mean No. Cravings overcoming patience! And you know what happens. Grab a handful. Indulge in happily. Ignore mom's little angry face. Such a fragrant and delectable fellas you see. Couldn't stop eating them - then and even now. But, I do have the patience now, to shape them - just to complete my mom's work. Sweet isn't it?
PEANUT CANDY/KADALAI URUNDAI
- 1 cup Peanuts
- 1 tbsp packed jaggery[Use a mortar pestle to powder the jaggery]
Dry roast the peanuts over medium-heat till lightly browned. Cool and remove the skin.
Grind the peanuts and the jaggery together in a mixi, till they form a slightly coarse mixture. Transfer and shape them into round-shaped candies.
To be noted: Do not grind it to very fine or a more coarse texture, somewhere in between coarse and fine should do. I dusted my candies with little grounded peanuts-just for photograph.