Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Picnic at the park with hot boiled peanuts


Drive through any southern US state and you are bound to see road side boiled peanuts stands with home made signboards announcing their ware in creative spelling: hot Bolld P-nuts. An all time favorite southern snack, these hot spicy peanuts bring people together in a close circle around the big burbling pot. I had always wanted to get a taste of this southern tradition, and luckily one evening last winter we saw a man selling “haat baald Peanuts” from his pickup van in Wal-Mart parking lot. ‘ya’ll want more’ he had said as he handed me a bag, and he was right. Later that evening hubby and I had such fun eating them, biting on their tough skin first to open them, popping in the plumb nuts and slurping the salty juice in the shells. Last weekend we got a bag of raw shelled peanuts from the local farmer’s market, and decided to make our own.

We combed through sites to get a recipe, and finally built one taking tips from here and there. Almost all the recipes suggested boiling the peanuts for two to three hours, some even said eight hours of boiling. What’s a pressure cooker for? We asked and decided to go ahead with our pressure cooked peanuts. The nuts were soft and filled up their shells, and the juice spicy enough to satisfy our Indian taste buds; it was another evening of slurp, slurp, slurp. A cold sweet drink, and your favorite comics will be perfect companions to these salty nuts.

Peanuts, raw: 2 lb
Salt : 1 cup
Crushed dry red chili: 1 tablespoon

Wash the peanuts thoroughly, and soak them in warm water for an hour or two. Put them in the pressure cooker with the salt and chilies, cover with enough water, close the lid, and cook on high heat for three to four whistles. Reduce the heat to low, and let it cook for an hour. Have them while they are hot.

This is what I am taking to Meena’s picnic in the park, so rollup your sleeves , set aside your table manners and get ready to slurp:)

30 comments:

shilpa said...

This is something I grew up eating. Very very yummy :).

Manisha said...

My daughter was being 'helpful' in the kitchen yesterday and spilled raw peanuts (shelled) all over the kitchen floor. We scooped them up and I am planning to do exactly what you describe, except that our peanuts will be unshelled from the start. Reminds me of my youth, too. Except that I don't think there was any chilli powder. Just salt.

Menu Today said...

Hi,
Excellent recipe for timepass and Picnic While boiling I add little jaggery.

Kitchenmate said...

"...rollup your sleeves , set aside your table manners and get ready to slurp.. ".. aha.. i love this! My makes makes it in the pressure cooker in the steamer basket.. very apt dish for the picnic!

Vaishali said...

Hi Reshma,
My association with these peanuts is of my numerous train journeys as a child between Pune and Mumbai. They sell these boiled peanuts at the station 'Karjat'. They add the salt to the soaking water and some turmeric goes in too. Yummmmmy.
And you know what my mother used to do? She used to boil the peanuts and after draining them, she used to roast them in their shell in a kadhai. What you get after that is food fit for Gods. Mmmmmmm...

Inji Pennu said...

this is good!! really really good!

Vineela said...

Hi Resma,
Nice and easy snack for this event.
I love to eat boile dpeanuts.
They are really tasty.
Nice entry.
Vineela

spicehut said...

Sounds interesting. Usually I roast the peanuts. Next time I will try this out.

Bindu Vijayakumar said...

hi Reshma,

Yeh thats how we exactly make them,but with lesser qty of salt. Yeh you are right..by setting aside table manners we can really enjoy eating this tasty nuts...:)

Krithika said...

My neighbor makes this very often. Haven't tried this. Will try your recipe.
And thanks for visiting my blog.

Lakshmi said...

yummy recipe, like this so much

Reshma said...

Shilpa, lucky you, must have been so much fun eating them as a child.

Manisha,that's a lovely story!

Menu today, yeah isn't this the perfect 'time pass' snack? adding jaggery sounds intriguing to me. Thanks for sharing.

Kitchen mate, you made me smile today:)

Vaishali, glad to have warmed up your memories:) boiled and roasted peanuts, I'll give it a try soon. and that's a cool picture!

LGji, come over for a bowl of peanuts, you may also bring in all your potted plants;)

Vineela, Thank you!

Spice hut, it has a very different texture and taste from roasted peanuts, and half the fun I would say, is in slurping the juice;)

Bindu, that's the key in enjoying these-setting aside one's table manners, he he .

Krithika, most welcome. let me know if you liked it.

Lakshmi, same pinch!

tony said...

simple and nice... not to mention i love it...

tony said...

Do cook something for the next week's curry mela....

Reshma said...

Thanks Tony. I will :)

Ashwini said...

Mah oh mah...didnt know t'was a Southern thang and ahwl :-)
I love this snack!

Shankari said...

I love them especially on a rainy day. I have never added chilli powder, should try that.

Aparna said...

Reshma,

this is exactly we used to eat in Bangalore durin our p - nut season.... we used to boil with just salt and that itself would taste great!

obachan said...

This is what I miss so much now! Very glad to find someone posting about it. Ah... the summer in the South...

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Anonymous said...

Hi
My memories with Peanuts are during my childhood visits to the beach. Thengai, manga pattani sundal and the masala vearkadalai. Chk out this interesting MWed peanuts:
http://www.indusladies.com/forums/14009-post9.html

ABC said...

I was reluctant to trust you on the 1-cup salt, so I just went with 3 teaspoon. Unfortunately the peanuts came out very bland. I guess I should be less experimentive (does that word exist!!) with recipes. Thanks anyways!!

PS: BTW, I added a pinch of haldi to go with your recipe and it was good.

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