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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Masala Peanuts (spice crusted crunchy munchy peanuts)

This is a recipe where hot and spicy peanuts are fried with delicious mix of spices,which is totally impossible to resist. This makes a great snack or munch when you sit, relax, chat with your family or watch TV or playing games with family or friends. If you are bored of eating regular peanuts, try this zesty recipe. It is also made during Indian festivals like Holi, Diwali etc. Serve this snack with some sweets to your friends when they visit you next Diwali or Holi and make them happy.
It is a great party food, too. Goes well with cocktail or any kind of drinks, or with a cup of hot tea. The most important part of this snack, you can make this ahead of time and store in an airtight jar for 3-4 weeks. You guests will wonder where did you get them from. You can get this snack also from Indian Grocery stores, but most of them are with a stinky smell of oil. Spend 15 minutes in your kitchen and get a freshly made, healthy snack which will be loved by everyone, even good for kids. Store and munch whenever you feel like.
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Most of us avoid Nuts for fear of weight gain. But friends, do you know, A prospective study published in the journal Obesity shows such fears are groundless. In fact, people who eat nuts at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat nuts. So munch your peanuts without any fear at least twice a week. Hurray!! Now I'll munch even more than before..I love peanuts!!!!!
Ingredients : ( I combined two recipes I knew and it came out real good)
Raw peanuts/groundnuts : 1 and 1/2 cup
Besan/chick pea flour : about 1/2 cup
Rice flour : 1/4 cup
Turmeric  powder : 1/2 tsp.
Red chilli powder : 1-2 tsp.(adjust to taste)
Coriander Powder : 1 tsp.
Amchur/mango powder/Chaat masala : 2 tsp. (it will give a tangy taste)
Cumin seeds & Fennel/Ani seed : 1 tsp. each (crush a little with a rolling pin)
Baking Soda : a pinch
Salt to taste (about 1 tsp.)
Water : about 3/4 cup or as needed
Oil to deep fry

Method :
  • In a pan, dry roast peanuts for 3-4 minutes in medium heat, remove and let them cool for few minutes.
  • Prepare the spice mix. After peanuts cool a little, take them in a big bowl along with all the ingredients except oil and water. 
  • This step is very crucial, do not hurry, do it with a steady hand. Mix them together, them drop water water little by little and mix. You should add that much water, so that spices and flour just coat peanuts evenly. It should not be very dry either. Just a smooth spice paste coated evenly with peanuts. ( See the image below)
  • Heat oil in a pan, the oil should be at least 1 inch high. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should raise to the top but not change color right away. Put the heat in medium-low.
  • Take a handful of peanuts mix, try to seperate each peanut while dropping, by moving your finger through the mix. Wait for a minute. Try to seperate further if there are some lumps. Stir occasionally until they turn brown in colour. Fry for at least 5-6 minutes in medium flame for crispier peanuts.
  • When done, take them out with a slotted spoon and place on a kitchen tissue to absorb extra oil. After cooling to room temperature, peanuts will be more crispy.
  • Fry rest of the peanut mix same way as above.
  • Finally, store to an airtight jar for further use, can store for at least 2-3 weeks.
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Enjoy this crunchy delights this festive season with your family and friends............
Sending this crunchy munchy peanuts to Radhika's "Diwali SPecial event - Sweets & Savories"

Thursday, October 20, 2011 / by / 9 Comments


  1. Cant stop munching this... I too have a microwaved version of this one in my space...
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It - Festival Potluck

  2. Crunchy munchy peanuts looks fabulous and quite addictive..

  3. looks so delicious. can almost taste all the masalas that went into making them :)

  4. You are right dear, store bought ones have a peculiar smell of oil in it. So this is a very good option for light munching in between movies..Looks delicious

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Cannot stop munching this that's the whole problem:)Absolutely delicious and crunchy

  6. I just had maiyaa's masala peanut this AN. loved ur post. bookmarked !!


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