Peanuts are the best bar food, don’t you think? Every bar/restaurant either gives you some for free with your beer or has some options for nibbles that you can order with your drinks. They are easy to snack on, packed with flavour and balance out all the drinking you’re doing (kinda :)). Salted, fried, spiced – they all taste great! My favourite are the ones that are boiled and then made into a chaat – best texture and flavour combo for peanuts!
Growing up, I had never really tried boiled peanuts. Even the ones in chaat were raw and then tossed into a chaat. Tasted good that way, but nothing is better for chaat than boiled peanuts. K gets full credit for introducing this concept to me. He loves peanuts a lot! So much so that he can just eat handfuls of peanuts any time of the day. Even if he has just eaten a meal or is just about to eat a meal. Sometimes, boiled peanuts are the meal! He has been known to just make a batch, with a little salt some lemon, and that’s it. Lunch. For me, that is a bit much and there is no way I can just eat that for a meal, but the boiled peanuts serve as a great base for this chaat.
While boiling takes around 30-40 minutes, the assembly of the chaat takes less than 10 minutes. This is a great dish to serve when you have people over, when you are feeling a little snacky during the day and even when you are feeling lazy, aren’t very hungry but still want something light for a main meal.
It is healthy, crunchy, tangy, spicy and fresh. What more does one need? 🙂
Make a big batch and watch it disappear in no time 🙂
3 cups of water
1 onion – finely diced
1 tomato – finely diced
3 tsp lemon juice
1 green chilli – finely diced
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp cumin (jeera) powder
5 tbsp fresh coriander (dhania) – chopped
salt to taste
- Add the peanuts, water and 1/2 tsp salt to a pressure cooker. Cover and cook on medium heat for 30-40 minutes. Release the pressure and drain the peanuts. They should be soft but still have some bite to them (not mushy)
- In a large bowl, add all the ingredients, except salt and coriander, and mix well.
- Adjust for chilli, add salt as needed. Add fresh coriander, mix well. Serve 🙂