How to make Crispy Chestnuts-Cook Smart -

Chestnuts mixed with spices, deep fried and further cooked in a spicy spring onion mixture

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Tinned chestnuts, Oil (ऑइल)

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Crispy Chestnuts-Cook Smart

Crispy Chestnuts-Cook Smart Recipe Card


Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Crispy Chestnuts-Cook Smart Recipe

  • Tinned chestnuts 1 cup

  • Oil 1 tablespo to deep fry

  • Cornflour 2 teaspoons

  • Refined flour (maida) 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Soy sauce 1 teaspoon

  • Sweet red chilli sauce 4 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Ginger finely chopped 2 teaspoons

  • Garlic finely chopped 2 teaspoons

  • Spring onions with greens 4


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 2

Take chestnuts in a bowl. Add cornflour , refined flour, salt, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon red chilli sauce and ½ teaspoon red chilli powder and mix well.

Step 3

Deep-fry chestnuts in hot oil till golden and crisp.

Step 4

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick wok.

Step 5

Cut spring onion bulbs into roundels. Reserve the greens.

Step 6

Add the spring onion bulb roundels, ginger and garlic to the wok and saute till golden.

Step 7

Add remaining red chilli sauce and remaining red chilli powder, mix well and saute for 2 minutes.

Step 8

Cut reserved spring onion greens into roundels.

Step 9

Drain the chestnuts and add to the wok, mix and cook for a minute.

Step 10

Serve hot garnished with spring onion green roundels.

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