3 Chinese peanut soup recipes: a blood tonic, a hair tonic and a pig's trotters soup.
Peanuts or groundnuts have been used by the Chinese in dietary remedies for women's health issues for many years. Peanuts are considered a neutral and gentle chinese herb in traditional chinese medicine. It is good for the lungs and clears phlegm, it is good for the blood, and it helps with fluid retention and swelling.
I don't know how much of this is true but it is supposed to help develop the breasts in teenagers and increase breast milk production in nursing mothers.
1. Blood tonic
A suitable dietary supplement for people suffering from anaemia or low platelet count.
15g raw peanuts with skin still on
25g red dates
10g dried longan
1 litre water
Bring everything to a boil and lower heat to simmer for 1 hour
Drink it twice a day
2. Hair tonic
Peanuts is also paired with he shou wu in hair remedies. A female relative of mine swears by it and her husband's hair is indeed quite black and healthy for his age.
50g raw peanuts, skins removed
50g black sesame seeds
20g 何首乌 (he shou wu)
Bring everything to a boil
Simmer and stir to thick soup consistency
The recommended way of preparing peanuts is to slowly simmer in liquid. Simmered peanuts are soft and easy to digest. Suitable for both the elderly and children. If fried or roasted, the fats in peanuts changes the neutrality to yang and can produce heatiness. Using high heat also destroy vitamin E and other minerals.
My grandmother always have a small packet of raw peanuts in the refrigerator which she would add to pork soups and simmer them till they are soft and melt-in-the-mouth. Regardless its medicinal impact, I just thought they are yummy.
3. Pig trotter soup with peanuts
Pig trotter and peanuts soup is reputed as a breast development recipe. It is also commonly consumed by pregnant ladies to fortify their bodies and to encourage lactation.
1 kg pig trotters
1 cup peanuts
3 pieces ginger
2.6 litre water
1 tbsp cooking wine
Soak the peanuts for 2 hours
Clean the pork trotter, parboil for 10 minutes
Place the trotter, peanuts and ginger into a pot, add the water and bring to a boil
Lower heat to a simmer and simmer for 2 hours until the trotter fall off the bones
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