Yeah so, i decided that i ve to put my microwave to more use. Plus i was on the lookout for some easy snack recipes that involved no frying. That s when these masala peanuts came to mind. I remember reading the microwave version somewhere some time back. I just used whatever i had on hand and made them the first time. To my surprise, they were super crunchy, yummy and way better than the deep fried ones that we get in stores. It was a perfect treat to enjoy on a rainy Sunday evening along with Mr.P and some hot steaming spiced chai. The H loved it so much that he even asked me to make it the next day. So if you have a microwave and if you are like me, then these masala peanuts is a very good place to begin with.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 to 6 mins
Makes 1 c
Allergy Info: Vegan, Soy Free
Raw peanuts 1 c
Gram flour ( Besan/ Chickpea Flour/ Kadala maavu) 2 tbsp
Rice Flour 2 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Red chili powder 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Hing a small pinch
Curry leaves a sprig
Water 1 to 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
1. Please dont add more water than mentioned.
2. Microwave settings and temperature may vary.
3. You may make this recipe without any oil too.
4. For a gluten free version, skip the hing
In a large mixing bowl, place spice powders, gram flour, salt and curry leaves and give it a good toss with your hands.
Add peanuts to this and mix again.
Now, add 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp water and combine the mixture thoroughly making sure that the peanuts are well coated with the spices.
You will have a slightly shaggy mixture now.
To this, add the rice flour and combine well again using your hands.
The mixture will be dry at this stage.
Grease a microwave safe plate with a tsp of oil.
Spread half of the peanuts evenly on the plate breaking down any clusters.
Microwave on high for a minute.
After a minute, take out the plate, toss the nuts around a little and microwave again for a minute on high.
Repeat this process once more.
Now, let the peanuts cool completely.
They will be a little soggy when you take them out but they turn crunchy once they cool down completely.
Repeat the process for the remaining peanuts too.
Store in an air tight container.
Enjoy with hot chai.