Reap some health benefits from Chinese peanut soup recipes. Most people see peanuts as a snack, but do you know that it has medicinal properties?
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My grandmother always has a small packet of raw peanuts in the refrigerator. She adds them to soups and simmer them till they are soft and melt-in-the-mouth. Regardless its medicinal impact, I just thought they are yummy.
Peanuts are considered a neutral and gentle Chinese herb with general applications. However, the neutrality of peanuts turned into heatiness when they are fried or roasted in high heat. This also destroy Vitamin E and other minerals found in peanuts.
The recommended way of preparing peanuts to enjoy its medicinal benefits is to slowly simmer in liquid. Simmered peanuts are soft and easy to digest. Suitable for both the elderly and children.
Recipe: Sweet Peanut Soup
This sweet peanut soup recipe has only 2 ingredients: peanuts and rock sugar.
- 300g raw peanuts with skin removed
- 120g rock sugar 红冰糖
Chef Vivien wanted to produce peanuts that are soft enough to eat yet still hold their shape well. Her method is to soak, freeze, and simmer the peanuts thoroughly. If we are not so fussy, we can use the instant pot or pressure cooker.
Recipe: Pig trotter soup with peanuts 花生猪脚汤
Peanuts or groundnuts have been used by the Chinese in dietary remedies for women’s health issues for many years. Many believe that aids in the development of breasts in teenagers and increase breast milk production in nursing mothers.
Pig trotter and peanuts is a classic combination for a confinement soup.
- 1 kg pig trotters
- 1 cup peanuts
- 3 pieces ginger
- 2.6 litre water
- 1 tbsp cooking wine
- Soak the peanuts for 2 hours
- Clean the pork trotter, parboil for 10 minutes
- Place the trotter, peanuts and ginger into a pot, add the water and bring to a boil
- Lower heat to a simmer and simmer for 2 hours until the trotter fall off the bones
- Add salt and cooking wine
- Cook for another 2 minutes
Recipe: Blood tonic
Peanuts are good for the blood and helps with fluid retention and swelling. It is also good for the lungs and clears phlegm. A suitable dietary supplement for people suffering from anaemia or low platelet count.
- 250g raw peanuts with skin still on
- 5 red dates, seeds removed
- 18g dried longan
- Brown sugar
- 1 litre water
- Rinse the peanuts, red dates and dried longan to remove any dirt
- Bring the water in a pot to a boil
- Add the ingredients except the brown sugar
- Bring it back to a boil before lowering to a simmer
- Simmer for 40 minutes before adding the brown sugar to taste
If you are using an instant pot or pressure cooker, shorten the cooking time to 20 minutes.
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