Nilagang Mani, Boiled Peanuts

Nilagan Mani, Boiled Peanuts
Nilagang Mani is cheap snack that perhaps every Pinoy loves. Boiled peanuts are popular street food in Metro Manila. It’s a common to see peanut peddlers pushing their cart with big can of peanut still being steamed by portable kerosene stove on a busy intersection. I was craving for boiled peanut then I realized that I have some unpublished photos of them. This one is over due I forgot about it. I cooked them during my last stay in Manila, I have bough two kilos of fresh raw peanuts from a wet market near our home. They were still covered with the dirt which I tough was intentionally sold that way to add more weight. Cooking boiled peanuts seams simple and easy but mind you it’s a bit tricky. Boiling seems forever and add generous amount of salt, enough to penetrate the peanut shell. Here’s how to boil peanuts.


Fresh Peanuts

2 kilos peanuts in shells
3-4 tbsp. salt

Cooking procedure:

Wash thoroughly the peanuts until all the clinging dirt are removed. In a big pot place the peanuts. Pour enough water to cover the peanuts up to 2” with water and add the salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the peanuts are cooked and tender. Add more water as necessary, open a piece of nut to check if the peanuts are cooked in between.

See other related recipes:

Kamote-que, Camote-que
Nilagang Saging na Saba
Palitaw, Dila-Dila
Pichi Pichi
Puto Pao
Pirurutong na Biko with Coco Jam
Puto Bumbong
Puto Special
Siopao Asado
Suman na Pirurutong
Biko na Pirurutong
Turon Fried Banana Roll


  1. Perhaps the peanuts have just been freshly dug. I love peanuts! Non-stop chewing!

  2. care for adobong mani then deep fried? hmmm...

  3. Yes I always get a P10 serving from peanut vendors whenever I travel on a bus at EDSA :) and munch all the way to my destination. lol, I get jaw ache in the end.


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