Njugu Karanga or groundnuts (peanuts to the rest of the folks)

People selling groundnuts on the side of the road is a very common sight in Kenya. Wrapped in newspapers, they are a relatively cheap source of food for people who just want to make it through the day without being too hungry.

Groundnuts (Photo: CRKenya)

They are also a wonderful, healthy snack for people on the go. Here is a recipe, from Pika Chakula that will help you make them at home.


2 c. shelled raw peanuts
1/2 c. water
2 tsp. salt


Mix peanuts, salt and water together in a heavy saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook until water is evaporated. Stir constantly to be sure all peanuts are covered with salt and do not burn. When water is evaporated, spread nuts in one layer on baking pan and toast in 300 degrees F. oven for about 30 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir about every 10 minutes for even browning. Do not overcook. NOTE: Either shelled blanched or redskin peanuts may be used.

To 1 cup roasted peanuts add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Stir well to blend.
To 1 cup roasted peanuts add 1/4 teaspoon onion powder.
To 1 cup roasted peanuts add 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and 1/8 teaspoon garlic.

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