August 20, 2007 | 52 Comments

“No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.” – Channing Pollock

Boiled Peanuts

Cover unshelled peanuts with water. They should be fully immersed. Add salt and turmeric, pressure cook or boil until the shell breaks easily when you press it and the flesh inside is juicy and soft.

There are a lot of bloggers whose recipes we’ve tried and loved, but haven’t posted about. Thank you for your wonderful blogs and ideas. We totally recommend these recipes. There are several more, but these are the ones we remember off the top of our heads. If we’ve tried your recipe, told you about it, and haven’t posted it on this list, whack us with a wet noodle, and let us know so that we can add it here.

Olive-Rye Bread (Foodie’s Hope)

Lemon Pickle (Indian Food Rocks)

Susan’s Lite Goddess Dressing (FatFree Vegan)

Apple Chutney (Tastes Like Home)

Purple Jam (VCuisine)

U.P. Potato Curry (A Mad Tea Party)

Goda Masala (A Mad Tea Party)

Wagocha (Musical’s Kitchen)

Vatana Bateta Tameta Nu Shaak (As Dear As Salt)

Puliyinji (My Workshop)

Carrot-Kothimira Pachadi (Sailu’s Food)

Thenga Chammanthi (My Treasure My Pleasure)

Avrekalu Chitranna (Aayi’s Recipes)

Kothimbir Vadi (One Hot Stove)

Kappa Puzhukku (Mashed Cassava) (Ginger and Mango)

Classic Brownies (What’s for lunch, Honey?)

Tuvar Daal (The Spice Who Loved Me)

Nimbu Saaru/Lemon Rasam (Spice Corner)

Crunchy Baked Methi Biscuits (Food, In the Main)

Payar (Mishmash !)

Thai Green Curry Paste (Krung Kaeng Khiew Wan) (Elaichi et Cetera)

Fenugreek Zunka (Food For Thought)

Batata Song (Food For Thought)

Egg Curry (Saffron Trail)

Mango Kulfi (Tasty Palettes)

Paper Dosa (Recipe Junction)

Red Bell Pepper Chutney (Mahanandi)

Pumpkin Hummus (Baking Sheet)

Kaju Katli (Saffron Hut)

Gujarati Kadhi (The Spice Cafe)

Tomato Chutney (Masala Magic)

Kottayam Fish Curry (Salt and Pepper) (Manisha made this for Bee and it was superb)

Now for a recipe we didn’t try, but highly recommend.

Jaden’s Negative Calorie Chocolate Cake. She’s convinced us that it is minus 32 calories per serving. :no: That gal can sell ice to an Eskimo.

We are grateful to ALL bloggers who share their ideas so generously and creatively. Thank you, and in appreciation, we offer you … peanuts. :devil:

We love getting your feedback on our recipes. Mamatha once wrote in to say how she tried Tia Maria Cake and the sponge turned out drier than she liked. J baked it again that evening, frosting and all, posted some extra tips with the recipe, and we got to enjoy the cake all over again. :yes:

Don’t feel shy to praise us to your hearts’ content. :angel:

And don’t hesitate to tell us if something didn’t work out, especially if it pertains to chocolate or icecream. :D :devil:

All complaints pertaining to radishes (and sambar, Bee adds) will be summarily dismissed. They are meant to taste yucky. :hammer:

- Jai and Bee

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  1. musical says:

    Cool selection, folks-and peanuts are always welcome (especially boiled or dry roasted!).

    Oh, and stop hating on sambar and moolis :-D

  2. I’ve also been known to serve negative calorie wine too.


    now if you can get me some negative calorie rum raisin icecream!!! – b.

  3. mandira says:

    the boiled peanuts look just fantastic! I could eat them right now.

  4. Suganya says:

    Looks like you have cleared a part of the bookmarked folder. Mine is overflowing!

  5. archana says:

    :hammer:’whack us with those wet noodles’ :rofl: :laugh: :laugh: liked that.
    Pass those peanuts here they are looking awesome ;;) ;) :tongue:

  6. pelicano says:

    Tsk tsk…radishes…sambar. I love sambar, and I just don’t get it! Radishes…well, I’ve been eating those spicy small ones since I was quite little off the crudite-platters so, when I finally tried the “foreign”, large, mild ones it was plus-plus all the way! Isn’t there a recipe for mooli-halva with chocolate-Tia Maria sauce out there somewhere? :-D

    You two always have great reads; keep it up- we all need it for our beverage-breaks! :cool:

    anyone who likes radishes has an olfactory problem. :devil: and sambar is just saaad. i have some sambar podi i can send you, but i won’t ‘cos it’s more than two years old. – b.

  7. Madhu says:

    O wow boiled peanuts…..I am drooling, I want some :cry:

  8. roopa says:

    boiled peanuts looks awesome:). what radish:nono: oh gosh its all radish sambhar on weekend for us haha H always buys atleast 2 big bunches of them and we love it :dance:

    :no: please tell me you have a biiiiiig exhaust fan in your kitchen – b.

  9. Anita says:

    :nono: But mooli is soooo good – the winter ones in Delhi are almost sweet! And what’s not to like in sambar?

    But then we are talking about who had never made pooris till now! They have a very ‘foreign’ palate, I tell you. More ‘running afte them with belans’ is needed…that’s plenty of calorie burning for me!

    Glad you agree on them peanuts!

    moolis are sweet? i no believe. i’ve been away from india for a while, but you can’t make up such tall tales. :nono: – b.

  10. Manisha says:

    :o hno: you’re giving away peanuts? need to go lock up my monkeys…be right back

    don’t forget the gin and tonic. – b.

  11. sra says:

    The peanut pix are lovely. And what are you going to do with the two-year-old sambar podi, Bee? Do tell, I can learn from you. :idea:

    play ‘jaws’ music. hold breath. take sambar podi out of freezer. walk gingerly to the bin. open it. chuck it in. better yet, flush it down the loo. do a little jig. – b

  12. TC says:

    Anita, another reason for the ‘belan’ treatment ‘Sallu is cute’.

    john abraham is cuter. – b.

  13. arundati says:

    am convinced you guys are on something…as in a controlled substance or something illegal!! as for me, you’re providing the kicks!! am high as a kite….look forward to logging in and checking out your posts for the day and thats becoming part of my daily fix!! cheers!! you guys rock!!

    immoral, fattening and illegal. what’s not to like? – b.

  14. Nirmala says:

    Boiled peanuts ? Thats our family favorite! Once we took a bag of it to the theatre for snacks and when peeling it the salty water inside was sprinkled all over our neighbours in the row. They couldn’t figure out why they are weeping even for comedy scenes. And my father warned as we were laughing to our heart (not for the comedy in the movie but our weeping neighbours;) !

  15. Nirmala says:

    And regarding the samabr podi try out my version! I bet your noses will invite the smell when its freshly ground!

  16. TC says:

    JA: that I agree.

  17. Ours is a peanut family. Just love them!

  18. Rachna says:

    bee – radishes are sweet, sachiii…. we used to get them outside our school in delhi when i was a kid (more like a baby), they used to sell them plain…or slit with lemon salt and masala…yum :)

    what are you going to tell me next? that i am queen of scotland? – b.

  19. Raaga says:

    My dad still has a handful of peanuts when he reads himself to sleep :-) every night :-)

  20. nandita says:

    Love the boiled peanuts and trying to suck out the last morsel of saltiness before biting into it….and glad to see my humble egg curry make it into your hall of fame :)

  21. Nirmala says:

    :horn: my comments have started appearing again! Thanks a lot Bee!

  22. sra says:

    Bit comforting to know even you throw out stuff from the pantry, B! You don’t come across as a pantry pack rat :hmm:

    i didn’t buy/make that sambar powder. someone gave it to me ‘cos of course everyone is supposed to looooove sambar. :rolleyes: – b.

  23. lakshmi says:

    Radish and Sambar are meant to taste yucky? Isnt that a bit too drastic? Perhaps you should taste some good Radish Sambar

    ok so a. we’ll discard the sambar podi and use only coconut and chillies – and subtitute tamarind with a tomato

    b. we’ll use the delicious radish we get in Chennai that lends a sweetish flavour to the sambar (Radishes here come with zero odour – so i have no clue what the smelly business is all about)

    what say?

    PS: lovely peanuts

    nope. radish sambar is double yucky. even if it’s chennai radish. – b.

  24. lakshmi says:

    and so i did some quick research – these are the nice ones i guess – no smell, very very mild taste – to be bought only in winter. i guess the 150 you so bravely used up are notoriously pungent small ones. either ways if i ever made soooooooooo many dishes of one vegetable i’d stay away from it for a really really long time.


  25. Srivalli says:

    Very funny….and a new award your way…check out my post..


  26. indosungod says:

    Bee! you don’t like sambhar and summarily dismiss sambhar powder. My My how would I ever cook without those?

  27. Nupur says:

    Boiled peanuts…this is just about the best reward one could hope for!
    Thanks for this list…I need to go and try many of these myself.

  28. Linda says:

    What a lovely array of recipes to read! Not to mention the big catching-up I need to do with your own creations. Those boiled peanuts look so tempting. Around here the only place I have ever seen fresh peanuts for boiling is in the Indian grocery. Got me craving some now :)

  29. Asha says:

    Y’all have been vewwy vewwy busy!!;D
    I am planning to buy boiled Peanuts on the way back home to NC. There are farmers selling Peaches,Videlia onions, sack of sweet potatoes and boiled peanuts all thru’ SC roads every summer in little shacks.Driving back home in few hrs, see you tomorrow:)

  30. Laavanya says:

    I just had boiled peanuts last week! Nice picture.
    That’s a lot of recipes you’ve tried from other bloggers… great going! :)
    Bee, I’m sorry to say this but I like radish-sambar – 2 of your worst nightmares combined!!

  31. lakshmi says:

    conceded, you dislike radish and sambar like i hate any rice-dal based sweets (sakkarai pongal, payasams and pradhaman included).

    inspite of this you actually ventured to make radishes (loads of em) and sambar!!!! :bow: :bow:

    perhaps someday i shall also make rice pudding!!! or will I?

    join the club. i don’t like payasam either. i especially don’t like the slimy vermicelli payasam. but i love pradhaman. – b.

  32. coffee says:

    Dear queen of scotland,

    Radish is sweet, yes! Want me to send you some Singapore produce? ;)

    if you accept some prickly green kerala produce in exchange. – b.

  33. Padma says:

    Boiled peanuts looks awesome, I remember during rainy season in bombay you will find in bulk, we used to boil with salt and haldi and enjoy with our evening soaps…thats Mind blogging snaps of peanuts, I love the salted, boiled ones! :love:

  34. Mishmash! says:

    Bee, saw ur comment y’day but I have been a bit tied up ….u were jet-fast in trying that…..neverreceived such a ‘tried-out’ comment so fast! :)


  35. Kay says:

    Peanuts – how i love them… fresh out of the soil, boiled and eaten! don’t know why, I hate the same peanuts – roasted… gives me headaches.

  36. richa says:

    ok, i accept the peanuts, boiled that is :laugh:
    something awaits u over at mine

  37. neroli says:

    Peanuts *are* yummy!
    Now…can anyone point me to the negative-calorie peanut butter? :)

  38. Anonymous says:

    Hi Bee!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Love reading your posts…one of my faves was the description of how to pronounce ‘moon’ with a thick Indian accent (from the Paneer butter mattar splutter post)….still makes me laugh! :laugh:

    **head meet desk** ouch. who are you, my friend? or were you named ‘anonymous’? ;) – b.

  39. Gorgeous pictures of da peanut king. Love them boiled. They taste better paired with raddish :laugh: :devil: ;)

  40. Santhi says:

    Oh lord..forgive them for they know not what they are doing :nono:….first you drive us nuts with all that puris and cluris and then offer us peanuts… :devil:…..

  41. Jyothi says:

    photos are just beautiful. Love the boiled peanuts any time. :love: ;;) :yes: :cool:

  42. sra says:

    Oh yes, everyone is supposed to lou sambar! And dunk any and every “tiffinitem” in a huge, spreading pond of yellow-brown slop with watery coconut chutney squished into the mix – don’t you just love the thought? Mwah! (And if it’s radish sambar, it just may transport you straight to seventh heaven!)

  43. Latha says:

    :rofl: to the wet noodle!
    Love your candid post! Tells us so much about how fair u guys are! Love that :-)
    And the peanuts look yumm! Beautiful photo!
    I have something waiting for u guys in my blog ;-) I’m sure u already got it! but just wanted to give it to u guys all over again!

  44. seema says:

    Boiled salted peanuts are so much missed by us here. Where did you find the whole peanuts with shell Bee? Nice choice of blogger friends dishes tried out there. I want to try red pepper chutney among the rest from that list :embarrass

    we get them in the bin at the local co-op. – b.

  45. Cynthia says:

    This is a seriously nutty post! The posters have gone nuts! okay, okay, corny, I know :o hno:

  46. pelicano says:

    Ahhh…vintage sambar podi. A fine year it was I’m sure; but no, I couldn’t possibly deprive you of such luxurious stock, but I do thank you for the offering just the same! :secret:

  47. ramya says:

    i want those boiled peanuts. :huh: i too can make them u know.

  48. Dee says:

    Cool selection! I have come to fancy peanuts after coming to the US and checking recipes from Mahanandi! I use them liberally now. the only thing i cant eat is peanut butter!

  49. viji says:

    A touching post Bee. Could see a person through their words. You are so apt for this adage. Your photos are awesome. When you tell me – nice pictures Viji, i used to see my pictures again, how did I it took it to get this compliment from you. One need a big heart to appreciate others. I enjoy all your posts, not only the photos, but also your write up. They are so lively. Wonderful job Bee and Jai. Congrats. Viji

    thank you for your kind words, viji. they mean a lot. i do love your pics. they bring out the essence of the dish. – b.

  50. Savithri says:

    Oops! Didn’t realize my comment came up as anonymous!
    Well, it’s from me:)

    So here is is again!

    Hi Bee!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Love reading your posts…one of my faves was the description of how to pronounce ‘moon’ with a thick Indian accent (from the Paneer butter mattar splutter post)….still makes me laugh!


    oh, it’s you!!! nice to see you again, savithri. – b.

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