Make your own soy nuts
Soy nuts are difficult to find in supermarkets or even in health shops. But no problem, soy nuts are easily made at home. At least if you can find soybeans. Soy nuts are traditionally made by soaking dry soybeans and baking them in one layer on a well-oiled cookie sheet at around 350°F (190°C) during 30 to 50 min until well browned. Our favourite method is to roast them in the microwave.
Making soy nuts in a microwave
If you have a microwave, making soy nuts is very easy and quick. First soak 100 grams soybeans overnight and spread them on a cloth or paper to soak up any excess water. Place the soaked soybeans on a large microwaveable dish and microwave on high during 10 to 15 minutes, until the soy beans are crispy and golden brown.
The total time will depend on the moisture content of the soybeans and the wattage of the microwave. It is important to inspect and mix the soy nuts regularly to avoid burning, especially at the end of the process. You will need some trial and error to determine the exact end point.
Flavouring your soy nuts
While still warm, season your soy nuts with salt, black pepper, curry, barbeque powder, garlic powder or any herbs you like. You can also experiment by soaking the soy beans in a marinade consisting of water, soy sauce and your favourite herbs. To make Italian herb soy nuts mix to the soybeans, when they are almost done, with garlic powder, Italian herbs and 1 teaspoon diluted (1+2) soy sauce. Stir quickly to coat all the soybeans and continue roasting until crispy. Home made soy nuts should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container to conserve crispiness and flavour.