Tuesday, February 2, 2010
No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock
Our recent visit to India, found us rediscovering some of our childhood favorites like “The Humble Peanut“ . Around the time that we were in Bangalore, the annual peanut fair or Kadalekai parishe in kannada, was held in Basavanagudi near the Bull Temple.This annual two day fair brought back memories and sent us on a nostalgic trip . Every year the farmers from the nearby villages come with their harvest of peanuts and offer it to Lord Basava/ Nandi the bull as thanksgiving . The streets are strewn with the peanut shells,and there is an atmosphere of fun and festivity.
Over the years peanut for us had become one more ingredient to be bought at the grocers and we had forgotten what it meant to just sit down and enjoy it by itself. Luckily we found these yellow spicy peanuts which reminded us of our blog name, we tasted them and instantly fell in love with them,and decided to jazz it up further with onions and cilantro and a sprinkling of lime over it to freshen it up.
These spicy peanuts are very easy to make, Dry roast peanuts (couple of handfuls) and remove the seedcoat. Heat pan, add 1 tsp of oil, a little more than a pinch of turmeric, same amount of rasam powder, 1/4th tsp of curry leaf powder (curry leaf powder can be made by dry roasting curry leaves and grinding it), hing(aesofoteda), 1/4th tsp sugar, some freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. Toss the roasted peanuts into the pan and enjoy!!