Masala Peanuts (Spicy Roasted Peanuts)

Updated: May 19, 2024, By Swasthi

Masala Peanuts are spiced Indian style roasted peanuts that are coated with spices, herbs and flour. These are a popular snack made in the South Indian households, bakeries and are also sold on the street carts. Peanuts are called as groundnuts in India and so these are more commonly known as masala groundnuts.

Masala Peanuts - Spicy Roasted Peanuts

Recipe Comments

Like pakora, this crunchy Masala Peanuts is also made with gram flour which brings in a unique nutty aroma. Traditionally these are deep fried but I have shown the baked version here. You can also air fry them. Though there is a huge difference in the flavor, my family is alright with this healthier version.

I am sharing my Mom’s recipe in this post and she always made the fried version as it was the most common method. The traditional recipe does not use a lot of spices. Gram flour, ginger, garlic, red chili powder, curry leaves and ajwain (carom seeds) are the common ingredients used. I haven’t made any changes to that recipe as it is kids’ friendly.

But I have used chaat masala and a little garam masala because this is a baked version. I have felt without these they would rather taste bland. You can easily adjust the quantity of spices and herbs to your taste. If you are expecting traditional flavors, I highly recommend deep frying.

What you need

Rice Flour: Apart from gram flour, rice flour is used for a great crust. There is no tried and tested substitute but corn starch and all-purpose flour will yield similar results but the flavor won’t be the same. Yellow corn flour and wheat flour are other substitutes.

Garam masala: I use my homemade spice blend which is kind of fresh so I don’t use a lot. If using store bought garam masala you may use more for added flavor. But the traditional version does not use any garam masala and you really don’t need it for the fried version.

Curry leaves: Since I always have fresh curry leaves in my kitchen I use them but you may omit them.

Ginger garlic paste: You don’t want to bite in the ginger and garlic chunks or gratings so paste is best here. However very fine grated should work

Amchur or chaat masala is used for a tang. Feel free to omit that.

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How to make Masala Peanuts (Stepwise Photos)

1. Preheat the oven the 180 C or 360 F 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 on a medium flame.

2.Measure all the ingredients – gram flour flour, rice flour, garam masala, chaat masala, turmeric, chili powder, hing, curry leaves, ajwain and salt. Keep these aside.

Add chickpea flour, rice flour, garam masala

3. Clean and rinse peanuts briefly under running water. Drain off the water completely.

Clean and rinse peanuts under running water

4. Coat the peanuts with ginger garlic, red chilli powder, chaat masala, garam masala, ajwain, turmeric and salt. Mix all of these with the peanuts. Then mix the peanuts with the flour. The mixture will be dry, pour 1 tablespoon water to your hand and sprinkle it all over the peanuts.

Add ginger garlic paste or powder

5. Mix gently to coat the peanuts well. Do not add a lot of water and do not overmix as the dough becomes sticky, clump up together and comes off the peanuts. If you feel there is not enough dough over your peanuts you can add 1 tablespoon more of besan and half tablespoon more of rice flour and gently mix.

6. If baking add one tbsp. oil and smear all over the peanuts gently. Any edible oil can be used including Coconut oil. If deep frying skip oil here. Spread the masala coated peanuts on the baking tray and bake for 10 to 12 mins at 180 C or 360 F. After that, gently mix them and check. If needed bake them longer until crunchy.

fry them till golden

7. If deep frying, gently separate the clumped up peanuts and drop them gently to the hot oil. Fry them on a medium heat until golden and crunchy. Masala peanuts are ready. Cool them completely and store in an airtight glass jar.

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Masala Peanuts Recipe

Peanut Masala (Spicy Roasted Peanuts)

5 from 5 votes
A traditional snack where peanuts are coated with gram flour, spices and herbs and later deep fried until crisp. My recipe shows how to make them in a oven without deep frying.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup besan (gram flour, 1 tbsp more if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour or corn starch (½ tbsp more if needed)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala or amchur powder (optional)
  • teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste (or ¼ tsp each of ginger & garlic powder)
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or mint leaves chopped finely
  • teaspoon salt or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon oil



  • This step is optional and follow if baking the peanuts. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180 C for at least 10 minutes.
  • Measure all the ingredients and set them aside.
  • To a mixing bowl add peanuts and rinse them briefly under running water. Drain the water completely.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, chaat masala, turmeric, garam masala, curry leaves, ajwain and salt.
  • Coat the peanuts with all of these. Then add gram flour and rice flour.
  • Begin to coat the peanuts with the flour. The mixture will be very dry at this stage. Pour 1 tablespoon water to your hand and sprinkle it all over the peanuts evenly.
  • Mix gently sprinkling more water if needed until all of the flour becomes moist and coats the peanuts. I used 2 tbsps. Do not add a lot of water and do not over mix as the dough begins to clump up and come off from the peanuts.
  • If you feel the peanuts need more flour, sprinkle 1 tablespoon more besan and ½ tablespoon rice flour at this stage. Taste test and add more salt if needed. Mix gently again. Ensure all of the peanuts are coated well with the masala.

Baked peanut masala

  • Transfer these to a baking tray and spread them well. Spray oil all over lightly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until crunchy. If the peanuts are soft, then bake for a little longer.
  • To deep fry, on a medium flame heat ⅓ cup oil in a deep pan. When the oil turns medium hot, gently separate the peanuts & drop them gently to the oil. Do not add them in lumps.
  • Do not disturb for a minute or 2 until the masala firms up. Then stir and fry them until golden & crunchy on a medium heat. Remove them to a colander.
  • Cool the masala peanuts completely and store in a air tight jar.

Air fryer masala peanuts

  • If your air fryer requires, preheating you may preheat it for 10 mins at 360 F or 180 C. Spread the masala coated peanuts in your air fryer basket and air fry for 3 mins at 180 C or 360 F.
  • After 3 mins, gently separate the clumped up peanuts and continue to air fry for 5 to 6 mins at 200 C or 400 F. Keep checking after 5 mins (total 3+5mins). Adjust the air frying time as needed depending on your model.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Masala (Spicy Roasted Peanuts)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hello! Any chance this could be made with another type of flour? Besan flour is so hard to get here.
Thank you!

SWathi, You are annapoorna maa. Please can you send me your website where I can find all these yummy recipes.thank you maa.

Now am real chef i am self employed by Masala peanuts, congratulation madam,.

Hi madam,how do you coat the peanuts with only flour and how to roast them,thank you.

Dear Swasthi,

I am very keen to discuss with you about the procedure to make Potato Starch Coated Peanuts.
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Thank you so much , just read 20min ago and tried.

the taste was good but the peanuts were not crunchy enough, in fact soft. also they stuck to each other. how can that be avoided