A vendor went up the bus shouting, “Mani mani mani, sinangag, walang mantika, hindi pinirito!” (Please buy shelled peanuts, it was roasted, not deep-fried, no extra oil! I was too afraid to buy though. It was the time my friend got hepatitis. His doctor assumed it was due to eating street foods.
Sinangag or sangag – a Tagalog word which means roasted on pan or in rotating drum. No oil is used. Cacao beans and coffee beans are cooked by this process.
The term roasted peanuts means four different things according to various recipes around world wide web, cooking by a) oven heating b) microwave method c) drum roasting – like coffee and cacao and d) frying in little or generous amount of oil. Item “a” and “b “can be done with pods intact.
The last mentioned processing method doesn’t seem right. It does not fit the description of the word “sangag“.The right term for it is fried peanuts. Here is the modified version of item “d”, without cooking oil.
a) Put a frying pan on lpg stove. Set the flame to lowest setting to facilitate slow heat transfer and to prevent scorching. We are aiming for a light roast, not a dark coffee-like roast.
b) Place 250 grams shelled peanuts and one clove crushed garlic. Stir continuously for about 35 minutes or until the testa are brown. Take note that adding more peanuts than indicate will increase roasting time significantly.
I prefer smaller peanuts with intact testa. Bigger variety without skins, hubad, has inferior taste.
Enjoy crunchy peanuts without oil and salt!