Cooking Tree-Chestnuts

I can speak non-stop about the veggies, fruits, nuts and all that I grew up eating! A few of them I still enjoy the same way, a few I don’t try anymore… But certain things that I so much miss eating. One such thing was water chestnuts… I remember my mum getting it in bulk, wrapped in a glossy magazine paper from a stall near by railway station. And how I used to gobble up all in an hour only ;) Well, those were the days!!!


Recently during easter holidays, we got some hand-picked tree chestnuts… around 2 kg of it ;) Hubby n a friend helped me picking them from tree branches and of course, in taking out of those terrible shells! Planned making a few things during that week only but couldn’t! So freezed half the quantity… Oven-roasted 1/4 of it and other quarter part I used in pressure-cooking. Blisssssss… I couldn’t stop at a few! Pretty much finished the bowl… reserved some for making a salad is the other thing though ;) So yes… known as nuts but not the same! It has a nutty, sweet taste but more like a sweet potato. Absolutely loved loved loved eating these pressure-cooked chestnuts with a sprinkle of salt ;)



Salt, to taste



  1. Wash and clean chestnuts with fresh water.
  2. Cut them horizontally so that they don’t explode while pressure-cooking.
  3. Cook them for 4-5 whistles and let them cool down a bit.
  4. Carefully peel the shells using knife or fork.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and enjoy <3