Boiled Peanut Salad

This is my favorite snack of all times. It’s really easy to make, it makes for a great party snack and it also uses items that are usually in your pantry. A no muss, no fuss yet absolutely delectable dish. Don’t let the word salad fool you into thinking it’s boring or bland!


2 cups raw peanuts ( You can find them at any Indian store or your local grocery store. I use the peeled ones, you can use the ones in the shells and then peel them yourself. But you want to make sure they are not roasted. They HAVE to be raw)

1 large onion, finely chopped
5 indian green chillies, finely chopped with seeds ( you can use one jalapeno or serrano pepper with or without seeds depending on how spicy you like it)
1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp lemon juice

Fill a large pot of cold water and salt it liberally((about 1tbsp). Add the 2 cups of raw peanuts to the cold water and place it on high heat. As soon as the water comes up to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-high.


Let is gently boil for another 30 minutes or until the peanuts and completely cooked(keep adding water if necessary). It should have a bite to it yet be soft to bite into. Drain and let it cool to room temperature.


The tough part is trying to keep your hands off these tasty salted boiled peanuts before you put the whole thing together!

In a large bowl add in the the chopped onion, green chilli, salt, lemon juice and cilantro. Add in the boiled peanuts, mix well and serve warm or cold.



  1. I just made this for a dinner party, very interesting salad. Do you know its origin?
    I was wondering if I had the right texture for the peanuts, they are softer than raw but not quite as soft as, say a cooked bean.
    Thanks for theblog you have nice recipes


  2. Thanks Chloe!

    Well, it is a common appetizer and snack in India. My source is my mom.

    You got the texture of peanuts right, it will be quite soft, just not as soft as beans. You can make it as soft as beans, you will just have to boil it 10-20 minutes longer but I personally prefer it with a little bite to it.

    It goes really well with cold beer. Infact many pubs and bars in India serve this as an accompaniment to their drinks.


  3. Had to chime in here… Jai has been craving these ever since he had them at your place. I came over to your blog to see if you had a recipe posted and yippee- you did!
    Planning to make some this weekend.


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