Roasted peanuts can also be a healthy snack even without adding anything. I’ve seen elders at home munch on little peanuts and jaggery just like we bite chocolates for a sugar rush these days. As a kid, my favorite was to dump a handful of roasted chenna dal and a tsp of sugar into my mouth whenever I used to pass them in my dad’s provisions store.
On those days (I sound really old when I write this) all the provisions came in jute bags or sacks and the packing was done in covers which my dad’s helpers used to make on their own from the newspapers. Or even they used to pack them on the go. Since I said this, like to mention that rice was carried by people with their own yellow bags which was looked low on those days as ‘Manja Pai’.
Now we spend money to buy them when we decide to reduce plastic. People used to bring their own glass bottles to carry the oil. Now all these are not practiced in my dad’s shop either but I would really like to go back to those days.
Roasted peanut balls is a very simple recipe which is extremely healthy and requires just two ingredients (am not going to cheat you saying No Maida, No Sugar, No Butter and make the recipe with the biscuits, I swear). This can be made in a jiffy if you have de skinned roasted peanuts.
Peanut balls are packed with protein and Iron. As it has naturally occurring fat from the peanuts so we are not going to add any ghee or oil. This can also be had on Ekadasi fast (if you strictly follow the recipe)
Roasted Peanuts: 1 cup
Powdered Jaggery: 1 cup
This recipe doesn’t require any great preparation but still if you just have raw peanuts then dry roast them and de skin and keep this ready.
You can powder jaggery balls or break them to few big pieces. I am saying this so that it will be easy on the mixer blades.
In a mixie first grind the peanuts to a coarse powder and keep it separately.
Then grind the jaggery pieces to a powder.
Now add both coarsely ground roasted peanuts and the powdered jaggery and pulse for few seconds. Just enough to blend with each other.
Transfer the blended mixture to a plate. The natural oil from the peanuts and the stickiness in the jaggery is enough to make into balls.
Make small sized balls and transfer into an air tight container. It stays fresh for a week when well maintained.
Yep, your healthy snack is ready!
- You can add little elaichi powder and fine desiccated coconut aka Kopparai and just pulse for few seconds with the above ingredients and make small balls. This could be little challenging but definitely tasty.
- Add ½ tsp of dry ginger powder to the mixture for more flavors. (Not recommended for fasting).
- This can be packed as a healthy snack for kids snack boxes.