Peanut masala recipe – Crunchy roasted peanuts coated with chickpea flour and spice mix. This peanut masala is made time & again at home as they make an awesome delicious & protein rich snack for the entire family. My boys love them in their snack box & are never bored with these.
Peanut masala goes great as a evening snack with some masala chai and some times I end up making a chaat.
These peanuts can be deep fried, baked or microwaved, using the same recipe.
If baked, they make a guilt free healthy snack and can even be consumed regularly.
You can add some raw chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves and make an instant chaat too.
The amount of flours mentioned in the recipe, gives a good coating to the peanut without making them very floury.
If you like the taste of the crusty flour, then add more flours along with the spice mix.
Peanut masala recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 1 cup peanuts heaped
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp chat masala or amchur powder / dry mango powder (optional)
- 3 tbsps besan / chick pea flour
- 1.5 tbsps Rice flour
- 1 pinch turmeric and Hing (optional)
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste or grated ginger garlic or powder
- ½ tsp ajwain / vaamu / carom seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves or mint leaves chopped finely
- Salt as needed
- 1 tbsp oil
How to make the recipe
How to make masala peanuts
- This step is optional and follow if baking the peanuts. Prepare a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 180 C for at least 10 minutes.
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl, except oil, peanuts, and ginger garlic paste. Mix them together and check the salt. If needed adjust.
- Rinse peanuts under running water. Drain them in a colander completely.
- Add the peanuts to the bowl along with ginger garlic paste.
- Smear the ginger garlic paste to the peanuts first and then toss them in the flour mix well.
- Add oil and mix them if baking. If deep frying, you don't need to oil them.
- Transfer these to a baking tray and spread them well. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until crunchy.
- To deep fry. Heat oil in a deep pan.
- When the oil turns hot, gently drop the peanuts. Do not add them in lumps.
- Do not disturb for a minute, then stir and fry them until golden.
- Remove them to a colander.
- Cool them completely and store in a air tight jar.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
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How to make masala peanuts
1. Preheat the oven the 180 C for about 10 minutes. Prepare a tray with parchment paper or foil. Grease the tray first and then place the parchment paper. If deep frying, add oil to a pan and heat it.
2. Add chickpea flour, rice flour, garam masala, chat masala, turmeric, chili powder, hing, curry leaves, ajwain and salt to a bowl or tray. Mix everything well and check the salt. if needed adjust.
3. Clean and rinse peanuts under running water. Drain off the water completely.
4. Add ginger garlic paste or powder to the peanuts and coat them well. Then roll them in the mix. The flour coats well on the moist peanuts.
If you are using more quantity of flours than mentioned, you will have to use few drops of water to bind the flour well. If baking Add one tbsp. oil and smear all over the peanuts.
Any edible oil can be used including Coconut oil. If deep frying skip oiling the peanuts.
5. If deep frying, make 2 to 3 batches and fry them till golden. Drain to a tissue. If baking add them to the prepared tray and spread them evenly. Bake for about 10 minutes . If still undone, you can leave for another 2 to 3 minutes. They bake even after out of the oven in the hot tray.
Masala peanuts are ready. Cool them completely and store in an airtight glass jar