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My Home-Cooked Roasted, Peeled Peanuts

Updated on July 17, 2017
Roasted peanuts sold in the streets
Roasted peanuts sold in the streets | Source

I'm in Love With This Snack

My family went to church a lot, and you would see different kinds of vendors in front it. My father used to buy roasted peanuts after every mass. The smell of the freshly-roasted peanuts was really inviting. My father would even ask the vendor to add some more roasted garlic to them.

These are one of the best street foods here in the Philippines. They come in all sorts of varieties: salty or sweet, peeled or unpeeled, and spicy or not. They're sold everywhere.

Eating street foods can be fun, but we have to be careful. We need to use our best judgement and ensure that the foods are properly prepared. The best way to enjoy street food without worrying is to learn how to cook it yourself.

I'll share to you how we cook roasted peanuts here in the Philippines. We will not be using an oven for this recipe.

Main ingredients
Main ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Raw Peanuts, Peeled
  • 1 cup Cooking Oil
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic, Thinly sliced
  • Salt

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 6 min
Yields: Serves up to 3 people
  1. Thinly slice the garlic to make it crispy when you fry it.

2. Heat oil in a pan.

3. Put the garlic in and wait until it's lightly brown.

4. Put the peanuts in. Over medium heat, stir continuously to cook them through. Throw in chopped chilli pepper if you prefer it spicy.

5. When both the garlic and peanuts are golden brown, strain peanuts then season with salt.

Best paired with beer!
Best paired with beer!
Before and After
Before and After
My number one fan!
My number one fan!

Health Benefits of Peanuts

  • Peanuts are rich in energy (567 calories per 100 g) and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

  • They compose sufficient levels of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), especially oleic acid. MUFA helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good cholesterol” level in the blood. Research studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids help prevent coronary artery disease and stroke risk by favoring healthy serum lipid profile.

  • Peanut kernels are a good source of dietary protein; compose fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth and development.

  • Research studies have shown that peanuts contain high concentrations of polyphenolic antioxidants, primarily p-coumaric acid. This compound has been thought to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by limiting the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach.

  • Peanuts are an excellent source of resveratrol, another polyphenolic antioxidant. Resveratrol has been found to have a protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease, and viral/fungal infections.

  • Furthermore, studies suggest that resveratrol may reduce stroke risk through altering molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels (reducing susceptibility to vascular damage through decreased activity of angiotensin, a systemic hormone responsible for blood vessel constriction that would elevate blood pressure), and by increasing production of vasodilator hormone, nitric oxide.

  • Recent research studies suggest that roasting/boiling enhances antioxidant bioavailability in the peanuts. It has been found that boiled peanuts have two and four-fold increase in isoflavone antioxidants biochanin-A and genistein content, respectively. (Journal of agricultural and food chemistry).

  • The kernels are an excellent source of vitamin-E(α -tocopherol); containing about 8 g per100 g. vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant which helps maintain the integrity of mucosa and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen free radicals.

  • The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. 100 g of peanuts provide about 85% of RDI of niacin, which contributes to health and blood flow to the brain.

  • The nuts are a rich source of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Just a handful of peanuts per day provide enough recommended levels of phenolic antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.

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5 stars from 1 rating of Roasted Peanut

© 2017 Arleen Roja

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