After my braised peanuts (click here for recipe), another way of cooking peanuts which I like is to make steamed peanuts. Vividly, I remember when I was young, I always liked to buy a pack of steamed peanuts from the stall in Pasar Malam (also known as night market). It was so addictive that I usually get two packs to satisfy my craving!
The last time I bought steamed peanuts from the Pasar Malam was couple of years back, but the price has escalated to $1.50 / $2 for a small pack. Probably there were only 10 or 15 peanuts? Having said that, now even if I wanna satisfy my steamed peanuts craving, the Pasar Malam is no longer so easily found around my vicinity (I am pretty sure you can find Pasar Malam in other places but they seem to be less frequently seen and I have no time to search for Pasar Malam just to buy the steamed peanuts).
Although this dish or rather titbits is called steamed peanuts, it is not cooked by steaming. Probably a decade ago, I stupidly tried to cook this by steaming but the shelled peanuts were never soft. I should called this, boiled peanuts. Usually, many just boil the peanuts with salt and water. I have added star anise and cinnamon for added fragrance. Do use raw peanuts.
I tried soaking the peanuts overnight but it doesn’t seem to produce softer peanuts in shorter time. It still took me close to 4 hours of boiling to achieve the soft texture I wanted. I used a mix of boiling on stove and slow cooker as I was rushing to run some errands.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 hours
- Measuring spoon
- 500g Raw peanuts, with shells
- 2.5 tablespoons salt
- 3 gloves of garlic
- 3 star anise
- 3 cinnamon
- Enough water to cover the peanuts
1. Wash the shells of the peanuts till clean and remove those spoilt ones.
2. Put the peanuts in a pot, add the star anise and cinnamon as well as salt followed by enough water to cover the peanuts. Peanuts tend to float on water, so push down the peanuts to measure the water.
3. Bring it to boil under high heat then simmer under low heat for 4 hours. Taste for preferred texture. If prefer softer texture, boil it longer. Look out for the amount of water. Serve.
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