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Verkadalai/ Boiled Peanuts

Written By Srimathi Mani on Sunday, May 9, 2010 | 6:48 PM

It took me a long time before I realized that Ground nuts as we call them in India, Peanuts as we call it everywhere, kadalai or Molakottai in Tamil is not just some nut but my comfort nut. My Amma used to love peanuts especially the kinds we find in Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Erode areas.The peanut brittle or burfi, peanut balls or regular roasted peanuts were all extra crunchy and tasted very fresh in that regions. The oil content in the nuts are subttle and it was my Amma's  comfort food especially when she had a lot in her mind to ponder. 


As much as I loved peanuts roasted or boiled  as a kid, I did not think of it as a comfort food growing up. But as an adult especially after I came to the U.S I really started to enjoy peanuts especially, the Gem brand peanut ladoo's from the Indian store a lot. I think Gem brand is made in Coimbatore and every time I popped one into my mouth it reminded me of home and my Amma, hence a emotional and comforting attachment. Today, on Mother's Day I thought it would be appropriate for me to blog about something that is a comfort food for me and my Amma. Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's in the world.

Gadgets:

Pressure Pan
Colander

Ingredients:

Raw Peanuts with Shells- 4 cups ( or as much as you would like to cook)
Water - Enough to cover the peanuts
Salt - add as much to get the water taste  very salty


Preparation:

1. Add the peanuts, water in the pressure pan.

2. Add salt so that your water tastes very salty.

3. Pressure cook on medium high to 4 whistles.

4. When the pressure releases open the pressure cooker and enjoy some verkadali or boiled peanuts.

23 comments:

  1. they look so perfect n tempting...nice healthy to munch on...lovely pic!

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  2. Boiled peanuts are so perfect any time of the day, I enjoy them a lot, specially sitting with a bowl and the joy of peeling each n every shell n discovering the soft salty peanuts inside, just perfect !! ur pic is very tempting !!

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  3. we used to have like this a lot in childhood! Lovely click!

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  4. I love to have this any time. Of course, I dont get the ones with pod here, but do buy the raw ones and boil it. Ur click is too tempting :)

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  5. Love boiled peanuts.Nice clicks.

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  6. I prefer this to the roasted ones!

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  7. Molakottai :) thats a very new name even for me. Why people make me crave for all these delicasies? I never get raw nilakadalai here :( Your pics look awesome!!!

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  8. Its has been ages i had them, makes me nostalgic..

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  9. One simple and delicious snack, perfect during the rains...

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  10. All time favorite! Soft, salty and warm...yummmm!

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  11. Ohhhh I love this anytime and remains me the mottai maadi where we go and have this. The clicks are awesome, I badly want this now.

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  12. Wow srimathy!!! As priya said it makes me nostalgic too. wow am craving for it now. Plzzzzz pass me some. :-) Your pics rocks...

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  13. i love munching this anytime of the day...nice click..

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  14. You are reminding me of banglore, can you pass it over!!, every year during Kalekaayi parshe, we used to buy loads of these, MIL always pressure cooked them with salt and we used to just sit and eat them like mad!!, Hands and mouth would be constantly engaged!!, Mmm., the pictures are so drooling...

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  15. My mother used to make these too, and I love it ! Your pictures reminded me I haven't made these in a long while and I have no clue why :-) Belated Mothers day wishes to you ...

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  16. Srimathi beautiful click,and a tempting and healthy snack:)

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  17. nice post..loved reading it..healthy snack..

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  18. It's my fav, I remember my childhood, where we used to boil the fresh picked penuts from our farms !!

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  19. I love boiled peanuts, they are so better than their roasted counterpart:)

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  20. I am from Coimbatore and can exactly understand how you felt about Groundnuts.

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