Monday, April 09, 2007

Peanut Masala

Snack on some crunchy masala peanuts and enjoy this savoury snack. A friend of mine told me, how to make this snack in the microwave. This is like a instant snack you can make, when you feel like it or you have a guest come by.


1 cup - Besan / Bengal gram dal flour
1 cup - Peanuts
1/2 to 3/4 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1 big pinch - Asafoetida / Hing
2 to 3 big flakes - Garlic, grated
3 tbsp - Oil
1/2 cup - Water
Few curry leaves
Salt to taste


1 ) In a microwave safe plate, put all the ingredients together, except the oil and water. See in picture.

2 ) Then add oil, mix and rub together all the ingredients well. Little by Little add water as needed and mix all the ingredients and coat the peanuts well, as in picture.

3 ) Place the plate in the microwave. Microwave for 2 minutes. Take the plate out from microwave and with a fork crumble and break the peanuts apart. Add little more oil, if you feel the mixture needs it. Mix oil well into the mixture.

4 ) Place the plate back into the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Take the plate out and with a fork stir the peanuts. Again place the plate back into the microwave and cook for 1 minute.

5 ) Repeat for 2 - 3 times. Each time cooking for 1 minute, then take the plate out and stir the peanuts. Repeat till peanuts are crunchy and cooked.

Note: Watch when cooking in microwave, as the peanuts can burn up very fast and also the plate might crack. So take the plate out and cool for a minute, check if peanut is crunchy enough. Toward the end if you need just little more cooking , then just microwave for 50 seconds and see if it is crunchy.

Serve with a cup of hot tea or coffee.


Sig said...

Peanut Masala in Microwave? That is very innovative and will come in very handy.. looks yummy!

Asha said...

Looks so good and what an easy way to do these crunchies!Thanks Pravs:)

Mishmash ! said...

U said it dear, serve with a hot cuppa coffee/tea..yummmmm :)


Anonymous said...

sounds good and yummy. Will sure try this out very soon and let you know. Thanks for this microwavable recipe.


dhanya said...

Ohh thats an easy way to make...just mix it & make while u prepare tea/ coffee...

Priya Bhaskaran said...

I have never tried making peanut masala, thinking of deep frying them in oil reduces the craving for the snack....bookmarked it-

Kribha said...

Hey Pravs,
This is my favorite snack during school days. I almost forgot about it until now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have had only the deep-fry ones. Your recipe sounds much healthy. will try it for sure.

RP said...

I love this. I tried to fry a couple of times. They came out in big chunks. You made it in microwave! Wow!! This is one snack I used to adore when I was a kid. :) Now that makes me homesick. :( I want to go to school again, and come back, and eat this with a cup of tea. :(
By the way, your sidebar welcome note says I am in Los Angeles now. Wow! That would be great too. :D

manju said...

Tried the recipe.came out really well.Thanks for the great recipe.

Pravs said...

Hi Manju : Good to know you tried this recipe and liked it.

sb said...

This sounds interesting and also easy, im definetely gng to ty it out, thanks for posting this recipe.

Bhargavi said...

This turned out to be a great idea. Thanks - I love peanut masala but I deep fry only once a year, so this microwave recipe was a boon. I didn't follow your measurements - just did a handful of peanuts and guesstimated everything else. Only mistake I made was I found your blog after I made my tea - I scalded myself with the hot peanuts because I couldn't wait for them to cool down :-)