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Chestnut is an ultimate healthy gourmet food.  It is low in fat, high in fiber and also gluten free.  Its taste and texture is anywhere between sweet peanuts and Jackfruit seed.  We were very much used in eating these sweet little chestnuts in Singapore; we love this  a lot and use to munch at least once in week.  I miss Singapore for lots of reason and this is one of those :) In Singapore the street hawker use to roast the chestnut in a huge wok filled along with tiny pebbles (black stones) in a very huge flame in front of the MRT entrance. It will be warm and fresh, which tastes so good to eat as well.   If you go to food court in the malls, the chestnut vendor packs them in a beautiful brown bag and he gives a small tool (thumb size plastic tool with tiny teeth) which is used to open the chestnut very easily.  How cool :)  Even now we are not missing chestnuts, because I am roast ing them at home and enjoy munching them remembering those beautiful days.  I love desserts made of chestnuts and chestnut cream is so yummy :)



Fresh chestnuts


Method :

1. Wash and drain the chestnut.
2. Now slit chestnut horizontally using serrated knife as shown in the pictureIin the flat side of the chestnut)
3. Now steep the chestnut in hot water for 5 minutes. This helps in cooking the chestnut in the oven before it gets roasted.
4.  Add the wet chestnut in the baking tray.
5. Roast them in 400 F preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes(
Shake the tray few times to rotate chestnuts. So they will cook evenly).
6. Remove them from the oven and transfer to the bowl and closewith kitchen towel for 5 minutes to cool.  This helps to open the chestnut easily.


1. Try to buy fresh chestnuts.  Old one's are difficult to handle.
2. Peel roasted chestnuts as soon as they are cool enough to handle.

Enjoy eating warm chestnut !!!

Ambika  – (February 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM)  

I have never tried eating chestnuts, should try them now :)

hotpotcooking  – (February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM)  

I bought this and threw away. Have to try like this

Aarthi  – (February 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM)  

very helpful post


turmericnspice  – (February 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM)  

love the post...........lovely capture

Sowmya  – (February 3, 2012 at 10:20 PM)  

never tried this before dear..after reading your sounds very tempting..will try n let you know soon dear! thanks for this wonderful post...awesome pics!

HomeKreation  – (February 4, 2012 at 4:01 AM)  

Hello Pavithra. Nice to find this blog and reading about yourself. Lovely photos and useful info - I love chestnut.... Roz

Faseela  – (February 4, 2012 at 5:45 AM)  

pavi...........really a very informative post...

Archana  – (February 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM)  

Love this.Wish we could get them here.

Reva  – (February 5, 2012 at 9:36 AM)  

Chestnuts... i have seen them here in the supermarkets but never knew what to do with them. All the pics look lovely and you are tempting me way too much..:))

Pavi.. U Rock..


SChee  – (February 15, 2012 at 7:38 AM)  

I and my son love picking chestnuts on the way back from school but I didnt know what to do with them...thanks for sharing this:)

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