Posted by Sneha on February 28, 2007
Peanuts! A protein powerhouse! Back home, peanuts are eaten boiled, roasted, salted, in a variety of dishes, both sweet and savory! My favorite way of eating peanuts is with Jaggery like in “Kallekkai Unde”…my mom makes the best crucnhy peanut undes or balls! Will get the recipe from her and post it later. My oldest memories of peanuts goes back to when we were kids, one of my aunt had a farm in Chennai and they grew peanuts. Every year, when she came visiting us for the summer she would bring with her bags full of peanuts and cashewnuts and other goodies. The entire family would sit and try to open the peanut shells and we would either boil them with salt or roast them and eat. Those were farm fresh delicious peanuts, Thanks Atthe! for that! .
But, here, I am always looking for easy to make recipes. One such recipe, I came across on this wonderful website, Masala Peanuts. Absolutely effortless and yet delicious and crunchy. Its now a family favorite. Here’s the recipe:
Raw groundnuts – 1 cup
Besan – 2tbsp
Rice flour – 2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Oil – 4-5 tsp
Wet the groundnuts completely, by smearing water on them, very lightly but thoroughly.
Mix all dry ingredients well.
Sprinkle over the wet groundnuts & shake the vessel well for them to get a uniform coating.
Heat the oil in a shallow microvessel for 4 mts Hi. (pls. note microwave timings vary)
Carefully transfer the coated groundnuts to the vessel.
Microwave on Hi for 4 mts.
With the help of a fork, try to separate the peanuts(while still hot), if they are sticking to each other
Allow to stand for 5 mts.
Remove to 2,3 absorbent tissues for the oil to be absorbed completely.
Enjoy the crunchy masala peanuts!