Saturday, August 17, 2013

Burmese Fried Peanuts - Myay Bae Kyaw

Myay Bae Kyaw
(Pronunciation: MmmYay Bare Jaw)
Here is a vegan/vegetarian snack that is very quick & easy to prepare and is always a hit with guests. We’re fortunate that deep fried onions & garlic are available at the local Oriental grocery store. I also used already roasted, unsalted peanuts, white sesame seeds & chili flakes so it took me just a couple of minutes to toss everything together in a bowl and serve.

1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
1 tsp. dried red chili flakes
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced in thin crescents
   or 3 Tbsp. deep fried onions & skip step #3
6 cloves garlic, diced finely
   or 1 Tbsp. deep fried garlic & skip step #4
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. dark sesame oil

1. Heat skillet over medium heat and toast peanuts, sesame seeds & chili flakes.
2. Remove peanuts from skillet and transfer to a glass bowl.
3. Heat vegetable oil & fry onions until golden brown, drain on paper towels & add to bowl.
4. In same skillet, fry garlic until golden brown, drain on paper towels & add to bowl.
5. Drizzle peanut mixture with sesame oil & salt, toss to coat well & serve.


  1. Peanuts, sesame seeds and onions make a great combo! No coriander or cilantro?

  2. Thanks, Shruti. I didn't use cilantro. If you do, make sure to add it just before serving or it will be soggy. You can also add thinly sliced onions just before serving.


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