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Masala Peanuts

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!


4 Responses to “Masala Peanuts”

  1. Savitha said

    Hi Sneha,

    I am a foodie too and have the girth to prove!! Was looking for this recipe as my mother is visiting me now from Bangalore and we were remembering my aunt who has recently passed on who used to make this very well. Well we tried it and it turned out well – although should have heated it for 1 min less in my microwave. We tried a variation too – microwave bowl with all the dry ingredients in yours + hing powder, dipped the peanuts in water and immediately drained and put them in the dry mix, rubbed it in evenly with 2 tbsp oil and then microwaved for 4 mins.

    thank you… going to try your benne biscuit next..

  2. Laxmi said

    Hi Sneha,

    I tried this recipe. It came out really well.Earlier I used to fry it in oil, but your recipe is very simple and requires less oil.A very good recipe. Keep posting such simple recipes.

  3. Hello,
    I’m very sorry to say that your masala peanuts is plagiarized. You can check out this site-http://tiffinroom.blogspot.com/2009/03/mw-masala-peanuts.html

  4. Sneha said

    Thanks Usha Nandini for letting me know about the plagiarism. But, looks like that blog has been taken out already.

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