Indian Style Boiled Peanuts


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Our dear friends M and V are expecting a little baby boy soon. We drove up to Redlands for their baby shower yesterday and had a great time playing baby shower games and catching up with friends from college that we don’t see often enough. Steve won a round of baby memory and I won a different game by guessing the exact width of V’s stomach! After we helped clean up a little, a couple of our friends invited us to check out Hanger 24, a local brewery that they are really fond of.

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On our way to the brewery we made a quick pit stop at a little produce market for some fresh fruits and veggies. We picked up a bunch of everyday produce that looked really good, like tomatoes, grapefruit and broccoli, and we browsed around for a while. I was excited to find bags of raw peanuts. The peanuts took me straight back to my childhood in India.

I had flashbacks of long train journeys from the city to our farm house. Mom would often buy salty and delicious boiled peanuts for my brother and me to snack on for the ride. We loved peeling the peanut shells off and eating the soft and salty nut inside. That little snack always made the train journey so much more fun.

I bought the peanuts and couldn’t wait to boil them! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Boiled peanuts, a delicious Indian snack

Indian Style Boiled Peanuts

Indian style simple boiled peanuts are super easy to make
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: peanuts
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 861kcal


  • 1 lb raw peanuts in their shells
  • 1/4 cup sea salt


  • Rinse the peanuts several times in cold water
  • Combine the peanuts, salt and 8 cups of water in a pressure cooker.
  • Seal the pressure cooker and turn on the heat on high.
  • When the pressure cooker comes up to pressure, lower the heat to low. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat an let the pressure release naturally (this will take about 20 minutes).
  • If the peanuts have any crunch to them, return them to the pressure cooker and let it come back up to pressure. Cook for 5 more minutes.


Cooking time can vary depending on how old the peanuts are. So if the peanuts aren’t cooked through in the time indicated, don’t worry, just cook them a little longer. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can just boil them in a large pot. It will about 2 to 3 hours. My grandma likes her food spicy and drizzles her peanuts with chili oil. Add 1/2 tsp of chili powder to 2 tbsp oil and let sit for a couple of hours. Then drizzle over the peanuts. It adds a delicious spicy kick. In India, it is common to add turmeric to the water before boiling the peanuts. I don’t like to add turmeric though because it will turn your fingers yellow as you eat the peanuts.


Serving: 120g | Calories: 861kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 9464mg | Potassium: 1124mg | Fiber: 14g | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 6mg

Comments on "Indian Style Boiled Peanuts"

  1. February 18, 2014

    Your pics make something as simple as boiled peanuts look so fancy! I love snacking on boiled peanuts.

  2. February 18, 2014
    The Seaside Baker:

    I love boiled peanuts and your version is mouth watering!! Have you ever found raw peanuts in San Diego?

    1. February 18, 2014
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      Hi Jackie. No haven't seen them. But I haven't really looked. I did tell Darlene that I was going to get them from Five Guys. Lol!

  3. February 18, 2014

    I have yet to try boiled peanuts but your post reminds me I should try it sooner rather than later. I'll make sure to head to Five Guys to pick up supplies.

    1. February 18, 2014
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      Haha! Yes, definitely let me know what you think of them. :)

  4. February 18, 2014
    Puja Thomas-Patel:

    Thanks so much Snehal! All the credit for the photos looking good goes to Steve. :)

    1. February 19, 2014

      Great work :). Btw - I saw raw peanuts at the Indian grocery store the other day. And if I remember correctly, they were at Sprouts some time back too.

      1. February 25, 2014
        Puja Thomas-Patel:

        Thanks for the tip, Snehal! :)

  5. July 6, 2018

    WE found boiled peanuts and Cajun spiced peanuts at Racetrac the gas gas station here in Texas , try if u have one near by

    1. September 23, 2019
      Avril Samuels:

      what is the indian name for boiled peanuts?

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