Peanut Sundal | groundnut | Nilakadalai | Verkadalai is an easy evening snacks for kids with numerous health benefits. Groundnut is grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is classified as both grain and legume, and because of its high oil content, it is an oil crop which is widely grown in tropics. Peanuts are similar in taste and nutritional profile to tree nuts such as walnuts, cashew nuts and almonds and are often used in similar ways in western cuisines. You can get details in the link Peanuts – Nutritional value.
Boiled peanuts are popular snacks in India and sold in streets. Dry peanuts are roasted with salt and that is also a common street food. Both roasted and boiled peanuts are available with shells or without shells. Peanuts are rich in energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. This can be prepared during Navaratri as prasadham for goddess Durga and distributed to neighbours and children.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
To serve: 2 person
- peanuts – 1/4 kg
- salt – to taste
- Coconut oil – 1 tsp
- mustard seeds/ kadugu – 1/2 tsp
- urad dal/ ulundam paruppu – 1 tsp
- red chilly – 1 broken
- curry leaves/ karuvepilai – few
- grated coconut – 2 tblsp
1. Soak dry peanuts in water overnight or for 8 hours.
2. Cook it in a pressure cooker with half the amount of salt needed and water for two whistles. Once pressure is released, drain water through a sieve.
3. Heat one tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it splutters add urad dal and when it turns golden add broken red chilly and curry leaves.
4. Now add cooked peanuts with balance salt and sauté for few minutes.
5. Next add grated coconut and sauté. Switch off stove and transfer to the bowl.
6. Put it in paper cones and distribute.
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