Sweet and savoury peanut recipes

From kung pao chicken and betel leaves topped with prawns and peanuts to ice-cream sundaes and sweet tarts, here are 20 recipes that make the most of the versatile peanut.

What do pad thai, a sweet-salty caramel tart, and Vietnamese-style cabbage salad all have in common? Peanuts. The humble nut is equally at home in south-east Asian dishes and sticky desserts such as banana splits and hot fudge sundaes; its crunch and occasionally salty hit acting as a balancing force that can tie a dish together. Here are 20 recipes, both savoury and sweet, where peanuts do their best work.