Roasted Chestnuts

I was away from blogging for a week now, but it sure does feel like a long time. Friends visit and an unexpected jaunt are to be blamed at. I did miss participating in few events, but I hope to make up for it with regular posts hereafter.

I have never laid hands on chestnuts so far. But I have longingly looked at Indira devouring them year after year. This year I was lucky to find them at Whole Foods. They were $8 a pound. Ah, what the heck. All in the name of blogging.

Chestnuts Ready To Be Roasted

I roasted them like I did jackfruit seeds. But you will have to mark an ‘x’ at the top of the nut, helping steam to escape while roasting. Slowly roast ‘em on a cast iron pan, until the outer layer is dark brown in colour. The shell gently opens like a flower, as they heat through. Let it cool down a bit and enjoy ‘em while they are still warm. I was pleasantly surprised that they tasted more like jackfruit seeds, but moist and subtly sweet. The flesh was smooth and soft.

Roasted Chestnuts

I hope to find more of ‘em throughout this winter and I would be glad to find out any recipes using chestnuts. I should thank Indira for alluring me toward these humble, yet delicious nuts, which, otherwise, would not have drawn my attention with their unassuming looks. I hope you would pay a second look next time you find ‘em at your grocery store or when a roadside vendor is roasting ‘em on an open fire.

23 comments:

Roopa said...

roasted chestnuts love them :)

KayKat said...

This rocks! I was *just* going to post a pic of roasted chestnuts on my blog :)

Love chestnuts. Love those pictures :)

Srivalli said...

the pictures look lovely!

Nags said...

great way to come back to blogging with a simple and alluring post :) pics are lovely, as usual.

yeah, i changed my template a lil. now its more flowery :)

Rachna said...

awww pretty picture

Sia said...

this is one thing for which i look forward to winter :)

sunita said...

The first time I roasted them, I didn't mark it with the cross..needless to say...there were a lot of chestnut bullets popping inside the oven :-)

Happy cook said...

I am going to try them, here we get lots of chesnuts, but have never bought them as i don't know what to do with them.
Now that i know i should try them

Padmaja said...

Suganya!! I did taste once at my friend's place and but attempted to roast them at home though!! Those pictures looks so perfect and yummy!!!!

Asha said...

Christmas came way early huh? :D
"Chestnuts roasting" starts the holiday mood, enjoy!:)

Kribha said...

Looks beautiful. Got to taste it soon.

Meera Subbarao said...

I have never tried these nuts, I will now after seeing your wonderful pictures

Rajitha said...

never had chestnuts..tho i always felt kind of drawn to them..
enid-b ;)..they look adorable..

Suganya said...

Me too, Roopa. I fell in love with 'em.

Kaykat, Do post yr pic. I would learn what you did with your chestnuts.

Thank you Srivalli.

Its good to be back too, Nags. I did notice your blog template being a lil.... girly ;)

Awww Thanks Rachna :)

Even in a gray winter, there are a few things to look forward to, Sia.

Thank God that didn't happen to me, Sunita. Indira had written a detailed post.

Do try, HC. There are supposed to be few tasty recipes with 'em too.

They go well with tea, Padmaja. They are not difficult to prepare too.

Way early, Asha ;). How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

You will find 'em somewhere, Kribha. Gotta keep your eyes open.

Pardon my ignorance. What is enid-b, Rajitha?

Rajitha said...

sorry my bad :)..i meant
enid-blyton....

musical said...

Totally love chestnuts! Your pictures are making me crave some!

SteamyKitchen said...

I LOOOOVE roasted chestnuts. When we went to China, we saw so many street vendors roasting chestnuts on the street in a big wok over hot coal.

sagari said...

beautifull picssssss suganya

bee said...

they're delcious mixed with jaggery and stuffed in kozhukattai. you can even make poli with the paste.

Mansi Desai said...

I haven't laid hands on a chestnut too, so far:) so maybe your pics would inspire me enough:)

Siri said...

Love the second pic Suganya! Roasted Chestnuts... yummy!!

~ Siri

Megan said...

Well there are no road side venders where I live, but I will give them a second look next time I see them at the grocery store.
What a fun thing to try this time of year!

Suganya said...

Now I get you, Rajitha ;)

I just got some more, Musical. I was tempted myself.

Jaden, I inferred that is a common fare in Eastern Asia from Rasa Malaysia.

Thanks Sagari.

Bee, those are wonderful ideas. I will definitely try something in those lines. Thanks :).

I hope it does Mansi :)

Thanks Siri.

There are no road side vendors where I live too, Megan. But keep looking for 'em at yr grocery store.

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