Friday, November 6, 2009

Masala Peanuts

Peanuts gently coated in spicy gram flour batter coupled with a hot cup of tea is a perfect way to spend pleasant winter evenings. Usha's recipe ended my search for a M/W masala peanut recipe. These addictive pop-ins are tremendously tasty, yet fabulously fast to make. My version takes about six-and-a-half to seven minutes in my M/W. This recipe serves three.


  • Peanuts: (1 cup)
  • Besan/Gram flour: 1/2 of 1/4 cup i.e., 1/8 of a cup
  • Rice flour: 1/8 of a cup
  • Jeera: 1 tsp
  • Oil: 11/2tbsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp + one pinch (or to taste)
  • Hing: 2 pinches
  • Water: 1/8 of a cup - to sprinkle
  • Chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder: 2 pinches
  • Saunf (optional): 1/2 tsp


  • Mix all dry ingredients in a large M/W bowl
  • Add oil and mix well
  • Now sprinkle water little by little. This would mean some parts would turn into a lump. It is ok
  • Mix well
  • M/W for one minute
  • Now using a spoon, remove the lumps
  • Mix again and M/W for another minute
  • Keep M/W ing (30-40 seconds at a time) and mixing till the nuts turn dark brown
  • Let it stand for about ten minutes
  • M/W Masala peanuts are ready!

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