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How to Boil Shelled Peanuts

17 Jun

Boiled Peanuts, Strained

Raw unsalted shelled peanuts, when boiled, acquire a rich softness, quite a departure from the taste and texture of roasted peanuts. While the crunch of roasted peanuts sits well with chutneys and in jhalmuri, boiled peanuts are great in salads.

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Banana Peanut Smoothie

21 Aug

Peanut butter in smoothies is all the rage and I have been thinking that some of us might not want to invest in a full jar of peanut butter just for the occasional smoothie. At least in India, peanut butter isn’t a regular in most households – it is expensive and not available in smaller grocery stores.

Is there an alternative? You are in luck – I have a happy solution for you.

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Homemade Peanut Butter, Indian Style

30 Jun

Homemade Peanut Butter

Among the many advantages of making peanut butter at home is the advantage of adaptability. Texture, fluidity, add-on ingredients – all in your hands.

In this Indian-style homemade peanut butter, we make the most of this advantage. With spices and tamarind, and the flavor of sesame, the classic peanut butter gets an unusual styling.

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Peanut Flaxseed Chutney

15 Feb

I’ve been looking for interesting ways to incorporate flaxseed into my meals – this peanut flaxseed chutney is a surefire winner. You can actually try it on those who turn their noses up at flaxseed: the peanutty, sweet-sour flavors of this chutney mask the taste of flaxseed. If anything can get your flaxseed-hater to convert, this is it.

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Bharwan Bhindi: Okra Stuffed with Peanut Spice

18 Nov

Bharwan bhindi (okra stuffed with peanut spice) is a beautiful dish to make on leisurely days when you have tender, small-sized fresh okras on hand. The stuffing that goes into the okra can vary – this peanut spice is among my best-loved okra fillings.

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Papaya Peanut Salad

16 Sep

I make this papaya peanut salad when the fruit is somewhere between green and yellow, having a hint of sweet but still crunchy. A light dressing works well when the papaya is at this stage. No garlic or strong sauces, more fruity goodness.

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