Peanut, also known as groundnut, is actually the edible seed of a leguminous plant. The name ‘peanut’, thus, is probably a misnomer as it isn’t actually a nut but a legume. This means that peanuts are actually more protein-packed than other nuts. One serving of peanut can probably provide you enough protein to survive the day on. Moreover, its cholesterol-free, which makes it a great buddy to keep your heart healthy.
The Indian palette has made home other nuts such as cashewnuts and almonds- but why not peanuts? Peanuts are traditionally used more in Indonesian or Thai cooking. Americans swear by their peanut butter. Wait- are you still thinking what to make with this versatile nut? Read on as we bring some interesting recipes for you to try.
1. Peanut Salad
A simple Thai salad quickly put together with some bell peppers, cucumbers, green onions, cilantro, and peanuts, of course! Garnish it with some lemon juice and chilli flakes and you’re set for the day. It really can’t get simpler than this.
2. Peanut Butter Bars
This one combines the goodness of peanut butter and granola. Whip up some whole peanuts, granola, some peanut butter and brown sugar into a bowl. Lay it out to freeze and your wholesome, healthy snack is ready. You won’t be able to get enough of it!
3. Peanut Chaat
Because chaat is something we love anyway- why not add just add some peanuts to it? Just roast some with oil in a pan until it gets golden brown. Sprinkle on top some chopped onions and green chillies, chaat masala, et voila!
4. Peanut Corn Fritters
Cheesy, gooey potato and corn filled fritters with peanuts for that extra crunch. What’s not to like in this recipe? Mash some potatoes and put in some sweet corn and peanuts. Season with herbs and spices and fry till golden brown and enjoy with some Thai Sweet Chilli sauce.
5. Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich
This recipe will make you drool over its inherent peanut-ness and over-the-top sweetness! Quickly spread some vanilla ice-cream on two plain cookies, (or more, who’s stopping you?) Add some peanut butter AND crushed peanuts and eat till your heart’s content.
6. Peanut Sauce Noodles
Schwezuan and Hot Garlic are now passé as peanut sauce overtakes our chinese and Thai palette. Add some peanut butter to your soy sauce mix, and cook noodles the same way you usually do. Trust us- your feelings towards noodles will never be the same.
7. Peanut Soup
What’s more soul-warming and comforting than some freshly brewed peanut soup? This west-African recipe is really simple to master and very fulfilling too! Make it the traditional way by adding peanut butter, and garnish with crushed peanuts for that additional peanut-ty zing.