If you’re crazy about groundnuts and can munch on it all day, chances are you’d so much love the peanut burger snack. This is a common Nigerian snack made by coating groundnuts otherwise known as peanuts with flour. Oh my! Does deliciousness come any better than this? You bet!
Friendly warning: these tiny balls of food ecstasy won’t last long after you make them. They’re so delicious that you won’t even know that you’ve consumed lots of them.
So, consider this a fair warning when I tell you that you might start making them every week! It’s so addictive! I’m not complaining, though.
How to Make Nigerian Peanuts (Groundnut Snacks)
Now, follow everything from this point down to understand how to make Nigerian peanut burger snacks using groundnuts.
Nigerian Peanuts: Ingredients
If you want to make Coated Nigerian Peanuts (Peanut Burger) that tastes delicious and as close to your favourite brands on the streets, you will need the following ingredients to make the perfect Nigerian Peanuts of your dream!
- 1 cup roasted peanuts/groundnuts
- ⅓ cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)
- ⅓ cup corn flour
- ⅓ cup rice flour
- ¼ cup icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground dry cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Frying pan
Important Things to Note about The Ingredients
- Use roasted peanuts or groundnuts that are still stuck together. Do not use broken/split ones.
- To make your coated Nigerian peanuts spicy, add dry cayenne pepper. However, if you are not a spice or pepper fan, or you just do not want yours spicy; leave the dry cayenne pepper out.
- You can get cinnamon (cinnamon powder) from big supermarkets or bakery shops in your locality. If you cannot find it, use nutmeg or vanilla instead; but cinnamon is tastier.
- You can also make coconut flavour of this snack. Interesting and very creative, isn’t it?
- The groundnuts selected for your Nigerian peanuts should only the best; throw away spoiled nuts, as they could be poisonous.
Making Nigerian Peanuts: Directions
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Sift with a sieve.
Whisk the egg very well until foamy.
Add 1 heaped tablespoon of the mixed dry ingredients to the egg and whisk again till you have a smooth light batter.
Put the roasted peanuts/groundnuts in another bowl; scoop a small quantity of the egg batter into the peanuts. Shake the contents in a circular motion.
Add the dry ingredients mixture; shake in a circular motion till the peanuts are coated with the dry ingredients.
Keep adding these two ingredients alternately till all ingredients have been used up.
If the peanuts have stuck to each other, separate them using your fingers.
Take a pan, pour some vegetable oil and heat it, put groundnuts and fry them until they are brown.
Let them cool, then serve and eat.
Enjoy your Nigerian peanuts (groundnuts snack) with a chilled drink.
Health Benefits of Peanut Burger Snacks
Here are some health benefits of taking Nigerian peanut snacks:
Groundnuts are very nutritious. 100g of a product with groundnuts contain a huge amount of necessary nutrients such as:
- Vitamin E: 45% of daily requirement
- B3: 67% of daily requirement
- B6: 27% of daily requirement
- Magnesium: 39% of daily requirement
- Copper: 24% of daily requirement
- Manganese: 73% of daily requirement
- A small amount of B5 vitamin, iron, potassium, zinc, and selenium contains in the product.
Groundnuts contain a large volume of antioxidants, which reduce the risk of development of cancer of the stomach. Also, the component, which possesses potential protective action for the cardiovascular system, was found in groundnut oil.
Due to its groundnut content Nigerian peanuts help body cells to fight against free radicals that accelerate the aging process and cause cancer.
Iron content of groundnut plays a vital role in the formation of blood cells. The composition of blood improves; anemia is prevented. The peanut (thanks to magnesium) helps at the increased nervous excitability. It calms and restores a sleeping.
For pregnant women, the folic acid in groundnuts promotes the formation of cell renewal. It is the known element, which warns pathologies of the development of a baby.
Do you know what can be found in groundnuts that make them popularly referred to as the “brain food”? This is because the vitamin B3 or niacin component helps with normal brain functioning and boosting memory power, amongst other health functions.
Therefore, eating several Nigerian peanuts (groundnuts snack) a day will improve memory and concentration of attention. This is necessary for school students, accountants, economists and similar categories of people.
Groundnuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation.
When depression occurs, a decreased amount of serotonin may be released from the nerve cells in the brain. Tryptophan may raise serotonin’s antidepressant effects when there is an increased amount of serotonin in the blood.
It is worth mentioning that you should be careful because groundnuts can cause allergy. Severity can range from mild to deadly, so it’s important to be careful.
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include hives, rashes, coughing, swelling, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and breathing difficulty. A combination of these symptoms can occur at once.
If you experience these effects of a groundnut allergy, take an antihistamine immediately. Drinking cold water may help relieve mouth swelling. The symptoms should eventually subside.
However, don’t feel down… groundnuts can easily be substituted with other kinds of nuts, for example, cashew and a few others.
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