Friday, April 18, 2014

Roast your own chilli nuts!

I am sure many of you love to chomp away on roasted chilli nuts. Yum! When you buy them in those small packets at the local liquor store--you know when you feel like an aperitif before dinner---a glass of your favourite wine with some nuts on the side. Do that often and you will notice that the costs add up. Why not do your own nuts and save some money!
OK---off you go to the local supermarket bulk food section and purchase about half a kilo of raw peanuts--shelled of course unless you are areal glutton for punishment!
While you are their, buy some chilli flakes or look at my previous blog re drying your own red chillies and blasting them in your food processor. Man----I'm on a roll!
Right--here goes. Heat your wok up with about two tablespoons of canola or other oil. Chuck in the nuts, add some salt (garlic if you dare!) and add about a tablespoon of the chilli flakes---more if you are a 'hottie' or less if not!
Just heat them through for a few minutes and then spread them on an oven tray, lined with baking paper. Cook them in your fan oven at about 80-100C for as long as it takes to get them golden brown. Taste them---it won't kill you unless you have been overly generous re the chilli. Let them cool and pack them in jars or plastic snap bags. They make a great gift---if they last that long!