Fired peanuts was our weakness, while growing up, and I have eaten varieties of fried peanuts such as ones with chili powder or with salt and pepper. There are fried peanuts with extra dough to cover the individual peanuts that we call Masala peanuts. This Thai style fried peanuts is new addition to my recipe collection.
This is from the Book Pok Pok The drinking food of Thailand by Andy Ricker with JJ Goode. I was curious to know about the drinking food of Thailand. In my home town always, drinks are accompanied by some spicy pickle, fried or roasted peanuts, or other munchies.
This book has pictures of real people in Thailand cooking and serving recipes, no extravagant background or lighting or food photo photography skills. The photos were taken as real food is served.
After introduction, recipes are divided into various chapters like, snacks, soup, Chile dips, fired foods, grilled foods, salads, stir-fries, late-night and morning food, sundry items and finally ingredients and equipment used in cooking.
All recipes come with Thai recipe name and English name and has introduction about recipe and how to serve and where you can find the ingredients.
I love Thai food and like to cook at home, but I won’t be able to try most of the recipes as I don’t eat frogs, cuttlefish, offal, and pig’s tails just to name a few. But if you are adventurous to try new food then you can make it at comfort of home.
This book has great information about the local drinks in Thailand, like Rice Whiskey, Herbal rice whisky, beer and Whisky soda.
I tried Thua Thawt smun phriai/ Fried peanuts with makrut lime leaves, garlic and chilies. I substituted Makrut lime leaves with lime leaves from my garden. I would also love to try fried cashews with salt, chilies and green onions, fried tiny fish.
Also, I want to try galangal Chile dip, green Chile dip etc. Som Tam Thawt/fried papaya salad sounds interesting. Grilled prawns/Kung Phao sounds delicious.
Among the salad, I will try Glass noodle salad, Instant noodle salad etc.
If you are thinking the drinking food of Thailand has easy recipes then you are wrong, all recipes require some prep, and some requires extensive step.
If you are really adventurous and patient to know Thai drinking food then by this book, also make sure to visit your local Asian market to find the ingredients.
Here is the Thua Thawt smun phriai/ Fried peanuts with makrut lime leaves, garlic and chilies recipe. I used my own lime leaves from my backyard garden. This is simple recipe first fry garlic, red chilies, lime leaves and peanuts then finally mix in with salt and enjoy.
This Thai style fried peanuts is excellent snack you can serve with or without any drink. I served with beer if you are not alcohol drinker even coke goes well.
Thai style fried peanuts /Thua Thawt smun phriai
- 2 cups peanut oil
- 3 lemon leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 2 red chilies
- 1 cup Spanish peanuts with skin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a thick bottom pan heat oil and fry the garlic, then red chilies, lemon leaves. Finally add peanuts make sure not burn it. Also place all fried items in kitchen tissue to remove extra oil.
- In a bowl crush fried garlic, red chilies and lemon leaves, to this add peanuts and salt and mix well.
- Enjoy with your favorite drink
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“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”5
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.