Adobong Mani is simply fried peanuts with garlic.
The garlic gives it the distinct adobo flavor, fried to a crisp just like the peanuts.
Peanuts are not nuts, they're legumes or in the same family as peas and beans.
Back home, it is often referred to as a brain food or pampatalino, but I cannot find a definitive study to prove so.
Well, not to undermine the nutrition value of peanuts, you can check out www.peanut-institute.org its nutrition and health benefits - ranging from prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's, Weight management including weight loss and maintenance and hunger maintenance.
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1 Using a small but deep pan, heat the oil on medium low or medium stove top setting.
2 Put in the garlic.
3 Add the peanuts and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the peanuts are medium brown. Residual heat will continue to cook the nuts so don't wait until they are golden brown before taking it out of the hot oil.
4 Pass the peanuts and garlic in a strainer and drain on paper towels.
5 Add the Salt and pinch of sugar, shake and serve.