July 4, 2015

Microwave Masala Peanuts | #MonsoonMojo | Tea Time Snacks

Peanuts, aka the poor man’s cashewnuts, are anyone’s favourite (barring those with nut allergies). We use this generally to season with tempering for any flavoured rice or in chutneys or in chikkis (brittle) as a base. Sometimes I used to dry roast a couple of handfuls for the kids and they used to snack it with jaggery.

Till I saw so many,many versions of these Masala Peanuts – deep fried to roasted to microwaved avatars, till I HAD to make them. These masala peanuts, wrapped in newspaper cones bring back childhood memories of munching them on way to school picnics or on long Sunday evening walks with dad.

I chose one recipe but somehow the instructions didn’t work for me and instead chose this recipe and it worked like magic with the peanuts disappearing before I could click them properly…

Second in the series after Coriander Butter Lemony Corn for BM # 54 are these Masala Peanuts. Needless to say, these and some books and a cup of tea are perfect for Monsoon evenings. While I am sending these to my event – Monsoon Mojo and giveaway – do link up similar monsoon treats here.

Prep time : 10 mins, Microwave time : 6 to 8 mins (depends on the quality of peanuts and microwave settings) | Makes : approx. 150 gm of Masala peanuts

Adapted from here

  • Shelled peanuts – unsalted preferably if store bought – with skin on – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1 TBSP
  • Gram flour / Besan – 2 TBSP
  • Salt – to taste (about ½ tsp)
  • Red chilli powder – ½ TBSP (adjust to taste)
  • Cumin powder – 1/3 TBSP
  • Amchur / Dry mango powder – ¼ tsp (optional)
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Chat Masala – for topping

  1. Soak the peanuts for just 1-2 mins, and let it drain immediately in a colander / sieve.  They should remain moist but not get mushy or soak longer.
  2. In a large bowl, add the peanuts and all the spice powders, salt. Mix well. Add oil in batches and with the help of spoon or fork or your fingers so the masala spreads evenly. Let it remain for 2 mins to soak up the flavours.
  3. If needed sprinkle really small quantities of water to bring them together (I didn’t use any water)
  4. Grease a microwave safe plate lightly, spread these coated peanuts taking not to overcrowd (or too much overlapping)
  5. Micro for 900 (high) for 2 minutes, then change the setting to 600 W for 3+3+2 minutes, checking and spreading the nuts (if they form lumps / stick together). Keep an eye before the last 2 min cycle - they burn pretty fast.
  6. So micro till you get full crispy nuts.
  7. Cool slightly , add chat masala while still warm and store in an airtight container

How to use:

Munch on them as is, or add raw onions and chopped green chillies, a dash of lemon juice and munch as a peanut chaat J  blisssssssss !!!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#54


  1. An irresistible and yummy snack

  2. Wow ! Drooling ! Suddenly i am hungry for a chatpata snack😋

  3. This simple snack was a big part of our childhood and we used to buy it from street vendors whenever we saw them. Its been ages since I have had this, though...

  4. simple one!!! so drool worthy!!wow..

  5. simple and perfect snack for tea time.

  6. These masala peanuts look so crunchy & addictive.

  7. Your last click makes me drool Kalyani, feel like munching some peanuts.

  8. These masala peanuts are the perfect snack for monsoons. Lovely recipe.

  9. That is so yumm Kalyani. I should try the microwave version for sure.

  10. Yumm.... lovely monsoon snack...

  11. love the coating on the nuts

  12. droolworthy pics..my fav snack..

  13. I love how you made that bhel with the mw version..I love making it..most times deep fried ..lol..


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