Peanuts are highly nutritious, if you are not allergic to them, cheap, easily available and so versatile. They are also delicious raw, toasted and salted. You can do any of this yourself if you can buy raw peanuts (and/or cashews)
I buy them for eating when on the road, and when I need a snack as I do not buy delicious cookies to pig out on.
You can use them in stirfry, add them to fried rice, use them in cookies and slices, and fry them with chillies and salt in oil for a hot nibble.
My favorite is satay..the easiest way to make satay is to simply fry a few onions and heaps of garlic until golden, add crushed chillies or chilli powder and seasonings, a spoon of sugar and half a cup peanut butter and thin with vinegar. You can also make it without chilli and you can also make it using green chillies or other seasonings. The base is peanut butter, vinegar, oil and garlic.
Season to taste and you have a basic satay sauce that is delicious. Serve over cubed meat or vegetables cooked on the grill or on a barbecue.
- Homemade Satay Sauce
- 15 shallots or 2 medium spanish onions, chopped
- 20 dried red chillies, stalks discarded, deseeded, soaked in boiling water until soft and drained
- 8 cloves garlic
- 2 cm galangal, chopped
- 2 stalks lemongrass (pale part only and remove any dry outer layers)
- 1 – 2 tbs tamarind paste (from jar or you can **extract from pulp)
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 200ml vegetable oil
- 1 litre water
- 2 tbs lime juice
- 500g salted, roasted, crushed peanuts
Make your own peanut butter
- 2 cups roasted shelled peanuts
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if salted peanuts are used)
For crunchy peanut butter, stir in an additional 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts after the processing is completed.
Yields 1 cup creamy or 1-1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter.