Benefits of Pistachio

Known as the smiling nut in Iran, you will be able to find many uses of pistachio nuts in various dishes and recipes. Aside from the powerful nutty aroma that they bring, they also give a buttery and smooth taste that adds a different layer of flavour to any food. In addition to this, it also has a vibrant green colour that can give life to any dish that you serve it with. Below are some of the delightful recipes where you can infuse the power of this green nut.

Chocolate and Pistachio Cake

A great way to end your meal is through a sweet ending. In this case, you can serve a slice of chocolate and pistachio cake that is made without the use of flour. Yes, all you need for this one are coarsely ground pistachio nuts, along with finely ground almonds. Add this to some eggs, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips and you are ready to bake. 

Lamb Shanks

Add a twist to your slow-cooked lamb shanks with the nutty flavour of pistachios. For this recipe, you need to first rub your thawed lamb with paprika, cumin, ground ginger, and coriander, as well as some cayenne pepper. Marinate the meat overnight and once you are ready to cook, saute some onions, put in the lamb shanks, and add some stock. Once it begins to boil, add some garlic, tomatoes, dates, and a sprinkle of ground pistachios. You can also garnish the dish with more pistachios before serving.

Pistachio and Sunflower Seed Pasta

Aside from a sweet dessert or a heartful stew, you can also infuse pistachios in your pasta dishes. For this recipe, you need to finely ground both your pistachio nuts and sunflower seeds. Over medium heat, add some oil on your pan and throw in your nuts. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes until the nuts release their fragrance. After this, stir in some cream and turn the heat off. From there, simply toss in your pasta and add a hefty amount of cheese for a creamier taste.

Easy Breakfast

Start your day right by eating a healthy breakfast. No, preparing an easy but healthy breakfast won’t take a significant amount of time so you should try this one out. All you need are five ingredients that are readily available from your pantry. In this case, take out some oats, coconut milk, and coconut sugar, as well as some ground pistachio and cinnamon. Boil the oat in coconut milk over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the coconut sugar as soon as you take it out of the heat. Garnish it with your pistachio nuts combined with cinnamon.

In conclusion, the recipes above are only some of the dishes that you can try to make with pistachio nuts. Aside from blending it into your dishes, you can also use these green nuts as a garnish on your parfaits and waffles or add it in your shakes and smoothies. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to what you can do with these smiling nuts.

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