Black pepper peanut refers to the dish prepared by roasting peanuts and pepper to create a special dish. This unique combination has immense benefits and positive effects on our body. Both pepper and peanuts are highly nutritious foods that can be used to treat multiple infections. A blend of both these ingredients will be a great combo as a snack. The following are the nutrient content, individual health benefits, preparatory methods, uses, and the ingredients required for Black pepper peanuts.
Health Benefits of Pepper:
Pepper is a powder obtained by crushing peppercorns. Peppercorns are berries collected from the plant called Piper nigrum. Pepper is referred to as the “king of spices” due to its high popularity. The flavor of peppercorns and peppers is sharp and spicy that adds a sharp kick to the food. In the ancient scripture of Ayurveda, pepper is a very common ingredient in many medications for health conditions like the common cold, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Peppercorns are also consumed rawly in many regions.
Crushed peppercorns are used as seasoning agents in the preparation of many dishes. Peppers are filled with a bioactive compound called piperine, an excellent antioxidant that fights against the free radical forming compounds. Black pepper has the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol which is very harmful to our body. It helps in the absorption of other important bioactive compounds, helps in pain relief, helps in the promotion of gut health, and so on. Peppers also maintain blood glucose levels. In households, black pepper is a common spice that is generally used to season homemade foods. Pepper is commercially available in the forms of peppercorns, finely ground pepper, and partially ground pepper. Whole peppercorns are generally crushed with a mechanical crusher. The finely ground peppers are used as a condiment in the kitchen.
Health Benefits of peanuts:
Peanuts have a savoury flavor and are a common ingredient in many snacks. Peanuts or Groundnuts are legumes that have high nutritious benefits like lowering LDL cholesterols. The unsaturated fat contents of the peanuts make it a healthy choice for consumption. Peanut oil and peanut butter are two derivatives that are dense in nutrients. The protein-rich peanut is a healthy supplement to artificial whey proteins.
Peanuts are also filled with various vitamins like niacin (vitamin B3), biotin (vitamin B7), thiamine (vitamin B1), and folate (vitamin B9). Peanuts also contain other compounds like copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Peanuts are also rich in bioactive compounds and antioxidants. These bioactive compounds help in the formation of secondary metabolites. p-Coumaric acid is a polyphenol compound present in peanuts that is an excellent antioxidant. Phytosterols are plant compounds that help in the reduction of cholesterols in the human body. Also, the bioactive compounds present in the peanuts help in the reduction of gall stones. Peanut allergy is also a common allergic reaction among various people.
Black Pepper Peanuts:
Peanuts are roasted in an oil medium. The roasted or shallow fried peanuts are coated with a layer of pepper and salt as a flavour enhancer. Black Pepper and salt are great flavor enhancers used in all kinds of snacks and savoury food products. Black Pepper Peanuts is a very famous and commonly found snack that comes in small individual packages. The whole package is filled with an inert gas like nitrogen to avoid sogginess. Together Black pepper and peanuts are great superfoods that are very beneficial food for all age groups. The following are the preparation procedures and nutritional benefits of the black pepper peanuts.
Preparation of Black Pepper Peanuts:
The Black Pepper Peanuts can be prepared as an easy homemade recipe with simple kitchen-based ingredients. The preparation time is around ten to twenty minutes. The final Black Pepper Peanuts snack can very well be stored in a clean jar for more than a month. The jar has to be airtight to prevent the loss of crispiness. The following ingredients are the requirements to prepare six servings of Black Pepper Peanuts.
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Other spices
- A shallow frying pan
- The shallow frying pan is slowly heated. 1 tablespoon of peanut oil is placed on the shallow frying pan and is slowly simmered.
- Add the peanuts to the shallow frying pan to roast the peanuts in medium heat. The peanuts are slowly roasted in medium heat till the shells turn to a nice golden brown colour. The aroma also changes to a nice savory smell.
- The peanuts are transferred to another bowl. A seasoning mixture of pepper and salt is added in adequate quantities to enhance the flavor and taste of the slow-roasted peanuts.
- The cooked Black Pepper Peanuts are well stored in a glass jar or a plastic container devoid of moisture and humidity.
On a large scale, the preparation process of Black Pepper Peanuts is very similar except for the fact that the processes are carried out on a larger scale. These processes also involve the usage of other more extensive equipment for dry-roasting, mixing, seasoning, and packaging. The efficiency of the whole process is increased by optimizing the input to output ratio. The large-scale production also involves optimizations to improve the overall shelf life of the products.
These Black Pepper Peanuts are free from cholesterols and transfats. They are a great source of proteins, and they are also rich in antioxidants. Black Pepper Peanuts are considered one of the best low carbohydrates snack food suitable for everyone. According to the nutrient analysis, around 100 grams of Black Pepper Peanuts contain around 20 grams of proteins. The low saturated fat content and zero trans fat content make Black Pepper Peanut a very suitable and healthy snack.
Black Pepper Peanuts are highly recommended as a protein source for people who indulge in vigorous physical fitness activities. These Black Pepper Peanuts are generally devoid of sugars and other carbohydrates. So these Black Pepper Peanuts are very well suitable for diabetic patients too. Some of the brands that provide completely oil-free Black Pepper Peanuts. Some brands use oil in their Black Pepper Peanut, but they have mechanisms to remove the residual oil contents. Some brands use skinned peanuts, while other brands completely remove the outer red skin of the peanuts before dry roasting.
The outer red coloured skin of the peanuts is a great source of many nutrients and beneficial compounds. The packaging materials are usually small units. These Black Pepper Peanuts are also served in bigger plastic containers. Apart from pepper and salt, other spices and condiments like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried mango powder, and so on are also added to the mixture to improve the taste. Black Pepper Peanuts are generally associated as a luxury food with many health benefits at a very lower price. Agronomically, peanuts (Arachis hypogea) and Pepper (Piper nigrum) are very important crops with great commercial importance. These crops are cultivated on a large scale with the ultimate aim of higher productivity. Cooked Black Pepper Peanut are generally served as an evening snack, and it is eaten along with hot beverages. It is a worldwide famous and preferred savory snack.
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