Garlic peanuts

Garlic peanuts

Pritong mani

By
From
7000 Islands
Makes
3 cups
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

The Philippines is a haven for nut lovers, such as myself. On street corners, vendors peddle peanuts still warm from the oily wok or overflowing from large drums. Crisp garlic chips or whole cloves, dried or deep-fried chillies and salt in various sizes are also tossed into the mix and the colourful piles of nuts look like bounty from Treasure Island. The trick is to start them in a cold pan, so the centre cooks through before the outside burns. Keep a close eye on them, too; they shift from cooked to overcooked quickly. Same goes for the garlic.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
320g raw peanuts with skins
375ml vegetable oil
5 dried red chillies
1 tablespoon salt flakes
1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and thinly sliced

Method

  1. To fry the peanuts, put them and 250 ml of the vegetable oil in a cold saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook for 12–15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Transfer to a bowl. Add the chillies and salt, and toss to combine. Cool for 20 minutes or until the peanuts are dry and crunchy
  2. Meanwhile, to make the garlic chips, place the garlic and remaining vegetable oil in a separate cold saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes, turning the garlic slices occasionally with tongs, until golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Cool for 10 minutes or until dry.
  3. Add the garlic chips to the peanuts and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

What is it?

  • Peanuts, known as mani, grow like wildfire in the Philippines and are consumed with equal gusto. They are dirt-cheap, which puts them within reach of the entire population; small brown paper bags of peanuts sell for 1 peso (less than five cents). There are two camps on how fried mani should be eaten — with or without the skins. Boiled peanuts, peanut brittle and ground peanuts (in kare-kare) are other popular peanut applications.
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Filipino
Philippines
Asian
South
East
SBS
7000
Islands
Islander
Yasmin
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