Easy cooking Ideas for Singles #30- Roasted Peanuts Healthy and Crunchy
Kids and grownups alike, love roasted peanuts and if they are healthy and crunchy, it would be an added boon. Peanuts are available easily and are not very expensive either. In addition to being everyone’s favorite snack, peanuts pack an awesome nutritional punch and provide a variety of health benefits. I am nutty about peanuts. I go nuts when I see a vendor selling boiled peanuts. I have to buy them and I eat them even while driving. Peanuts are very addictive and the hand keeps moving towards them on their own, but too much of anything is bad, so moderation is the key.
Peanut diets have shown that this little legume is a big ally for a healthy heart. Peanuts feature an array of other nutrients that have been shown to promote heart health. Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. Surprisingly, research shows these tasty legumes (yes peanuts are not nuts) are also as rich in antioxidants as many fruits. Roasted peanuts challenge the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are richer in antioxidants than apples or carrots. Roasting can boosting their overall antioxidant content
To lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, eat a handful of peanuts. Enjoy a handful of lightly roasted nuts as a healthy snack. During the winter months in North India, you will find roasted peanuts in most homes and they are eaten with a bite of Jaggery or Gur. Roasted peanuts give warmth in the cold winter days. In south India, we get boiled peanuts as they are said to be cooling in the hot season here. Last year when I went to Guadalajara, Mexico, I found a vendor selling boiled peanuts and I was so thrilled something similar to home in that alien country. I remember years ago, in a movie theater in my husband’s hometown, I could hear the vendors selling something in baskets. They were crying out “Timepass” instead of peanuts! I burst out laughing but when you think about it, it is a healthy time pass snack instead of popcorn. When the movie got over I saw small mounds of peanut shells beside every seat.
Peanuts grow in a very interesting manner. They start out as an above ground flower that, due to its heavy weight, bends towards the ground. The flower ultimately burrows underground, which is where the peanut really develops. If you do not like eating peanuts as a snack then sprinkle peanuts onto tossed salads, add them upma, poha or to healthy sautéed chicken and vegetables.
Usually, the snacks bought off the shelf is very tasty and in the supermarket here we get fried peanuts coated with gram flour and they are loaded with calories but is very tasty. I cannot afford to pack more calories on my already large frame, but I wanted to snack on those crunchy peanuts.
I came up with the idea of roasting them in the oven and they turned out just awesome. Now whenever I want to snack, I have a handful of guilt free peanuts.
½ kg Shelled Peanuts
4 tbsp of Gram flour or besan sieved
Salt to taste
1 tsp Chilli Powder
Garam Masala (optional)
Wash the peanuts and drain in a colander. Sprinkle the salt, chilli powder, garam masala and the sieved gram flour. Coat the peanuts nicely with this and keep aside for half an hour. Set the oven on 250 degrees and roast the peanuts until they are red and crispy. Stir the peanuts a couple of times so that they are roasted well from all sides. Cool and store in an air tight container.
Easy cooking Ideas for Singles #30- Roasted Peanuts Healthy and Crunchy is very easy and tasty so do try it out.