Being from north India, I had never had boiled peanuts until I went to Chennai. Had them for the first time at a Chennai beach from a thelewala and they instantly became my new favorite! they were in shells which were even tastier.  Since then I boil these raw peanuts (without shells) you get in Indian grocery store  every now and then and make a salad. I have also heard that  boiled peanuts are the healthiest way to eat peanuts. Mmm ...tasty, healthy and so addictive!

I recently came to know that boiled peanuts (the original green ones boiled in shells) are a very popular snack in Southern US too...and they are even sold on stands by the exciting is that?! Will try to find some when I visit next!

Though peanuts have nuts in their name, they are in fact legumes and hence this goes as an entry to  the popular My Legume Love Affair, a brainchild of Susan of  'The Well Seasoned Cook'  hosted this month by Siri of Siri's corner.

Here goes the recipe for boiled peanut salad...


Raw Peanuts - I cup
Onion - 2 tablespoons (chopped finely)
Tomato- 2 tablespoons (chopped finely)
Green chili - 1 or 2 (chopped finely)
Fresh lemon juice- 1 teaspoon or to taste
Salt- to taste


Soak the peanuts for at least 2- 3 hours
Boil the soaked peanuts till done- (I  pressure cook till 3 whistles)
Drain and let them cool
Now add onion, tomato, green chili,lemon and salt

Sending this recipe to Eat Well Live Well event by Ayeesh.
Posted by sneh On Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3 comments


  1. this is so perfect as a snack anytime of the day. Thanks for sending it along to MLLA. :)


  2. I'm from Philippines and we boil peanuts over there as well. :-) I like this salad recipe, thanks for sharing. I might give this a try soon, I feel like peanuts now. :D

    If you don't mind I want to share this salad recipe to other Foodista readers. This can be done by just adding the foodista widget at the end of this post and that should do it. This will make our readers who are fund of peanuts, just like me, find your recipe easily. Cheers! and keep them coming!

  3. Very delicious salad, thank you so much for sending it to the event :)


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