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Boiled Chestnuts

Boiled Chestnuts

Due to my craving for something I have never tasted before, the chestnuts have leaped from roasting skillet into the steaming pot on New Year’s Day at my home.

The chestnuts that appear during winter season here have been a fascination for me for the last couple of years. I like roasted chestnuts. This year I ventured into boiling and cooking with chestnut territory. The boiling process is similar to how we do with fresh crop peanuts in India. But with chestnuts we have to score and then steam. Once the shell softens, drain the water. Peel the outer covering and enjoy the tender chestnut inside. Boiled chestnuts taste almost like boiled peanuts (and jackfruit seeds san the smell). Sweet, nutty and starchy, with aroma typical of boiled nuts.

For our New Year’s Day meal, I prepared a chestnut and date yogurt. Finely chopped few dates and boiled chestnuts and then added them to yogurt. A sprinkle of salt. There it is, a fine and exotic side dish welcoming the 08.

Boiled Chestnuts and Finely Chopped Dates with Yogurt
Boiled Chestnuts and Finely Chopped Dates with Yogurt

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Chestnuts (Marrons),Dates (kharjuram),Yogurt (Wednesday January 2, 2008 at 7:44 pm- permalink)
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  1. beautiful pics indira

    Comment by sagari — January 2, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

  2. what a pleasant way to start your new year, with simple n exotic combination of natural food… Happy New Year 08 and a great year of food blogging..

    Comment by Priya Dilip — January 2, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

  3. What a cooool way to start the New year with….. Looks delicious Indira! Wish u a happy and prosperous 2008!

    Comment by anusriram — January 3, 2008 @ 5:32 am

  4. Wonderful …..
    Where could I find chestnuts in US?

    Comment by Sita — January 3, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  5. Awesome… No bounds for Jihva….Great one Indira

    Comment by kalva — January 3, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

  6. Hi Indira, Happy New Year. Love the new look 🙂 clean and elegant! I have to try this new combination, bet it tasted great.

    Comment by mandira — January 3, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  7. Sagari, Priya, Anusiram, Kalva and Mandira:
    Thank you and I wish you a happy new year filled with good food and good times.

    Sita: try any US chain grocery shop during winter season.

    Comment by Indira — January 3, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

  8. Adding a little garam masala really makes it outstanding.

    Comment by fnaf — December 11, 2018 @ 8:57 pm

  9. To bubble, spread chestnuts with virus water, heat to the point of boiling and stew for three minutes. Expel from warmth. Scoop out a couple at any given moment and strip off the shell and skin with a sharp blade. As they cool, they turn out to be increasingly hard to strip, so keep them in heated water until you are prepared to strip.

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