Masala Peanuts | Baked Peanuts are a healthy tea-time snack option. These are besan (chick pea flour) coated peanuts which I have baked rather than frying.
Haldiram Masala Peanuts are my favorite. Peanuts, coated generously with spicy besan (chickpea flour) are a regular snacks in our home with tea or coffee. Even my kids, who otherwise can’t handle any spice in normal veggie or dal, like to enjoy these masala peanuts.
So, when I began my food blogging journey, it was obviously one of my first few choices to try out at home. The Haldiram masala peanuts are made by coating them with very spicy besan (chickpea flour) batter and then fried in oil. When, I made these peanuts at home, I decided to bake them instead of frying and made a healthy snack.
I made these yummy peanuts about a long time back and somehow forgot to share them here, on my blog. And just like that, I found this recipe folder and wondered how have I forgotten to share such an easy and great recipe with you all. Well, better late than never, so here I am with this recipe of baked Masala Peanuts.
It was a great fun to make them at home as I could add any spice and flavour, I like. In fact, I have also tried them as;
- Plain peanuts
- Pudina (mint) Masala Peanuts
- Hing (asafoetida) Masala Peanuts
- Italian Spice Mix Masala Peanuts
- Tomato Masala Peanuts
It is very clear from the names above that to try these flavours, all you need, is to add and change some spices and you will get a new spicy Masala Peanut.
Peanuts, which are also called as groundnuts, are grown for its edible nuts. It is a great legume crop and good option for crop rotation.
Peanuts are a good source of plant based protein. They are rich in healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and fiber and provide great health benefits, if eaten under moderation.
Peanuts are a healthy snacking option and can be used in many ways.
- Peanut Butter
- Snacks with Peanuts
- Peanut Flour
- Whole Peanuts
- Peanut Oil
- Dips with Peanuts
Important Points for Masala Peanuts
This is an easy snack to make. Not much of the preparation is required. Here, I am listing just a few points to be kept in mind while preparing these masala peanuts.
1.Peanuts – Our main ingredient is peanut, so do take good quality peanuts. I took big groundnuts for this snack as they are easy to coat with the batter. You must also try to take big peanuts.
2. Besan – Besan is gram flour. Take a fine and good quality besan. Sometimes there is adulteration in flours and then it will be very difficult to coat the peanuts. So make sure to take a good quality pure gram flour.
3. Spices – I have added a few spices of my choice. This is a very versatile recipe and you can take any spice you want. Also you can adjust the spices level in this snacks. Isn’t this great…Talk about the benefits of home cooking!
4. Baking – I have baked these in my Microwave with Convection option. You can also easily bake these in oven or in Microwave with the same settings. However, baking them on a gas top is difficult. I have not tried that option. So in my view, baking these masala peanuts without oven is not possible. Please let me know in comments , if it is otherwise.
5. Coating – When you coat the peanuts with besan (gram flour), use less water. We do not want a loose batter but thick coating on the peanuts for a crunchy snack.
6. Baking – While baking, keep mixing the peanuts in between every 5-6 minutes to make sure that they are baked evenly from all sides.
Some other interesting recipes from my YouTube channel and Blog;
- Domino’s Style Garlic Bread
- Samosa (Crispy, street style)
- APF Bread (White Bread)
- Wholewheat Bread (Brown bread)
- Semolina Bread
- Ladi Pav (Dinner bread)
Masala Peanuts – Fried or baked?
Masala peanuts are no doubt a wonderful and very delicious snack to munch on anytime. They can be made in two ways; Fried and Baked.
Fried – For frying the masala peanuts, you need to follow this recipe till step 2 of the method section and then fry them in hot oil, until crisp.
Baked – For baking, the complete recipe is given below.
Whether you fry or bake these yummy peanuts, you can store them for long, in an air-tight container and enjoy them whenever you want.
Recipe Video of Masala Peanuts
I have made a quick video of these Masala Peanuts for a better understanding of the recipe. You can take a look and check all the important points. Do Subscribe my YouTube channel “flavourhome by Sutiksha” to get instant recipe updates, as soon as I upload them. Also if you like these videos, kindly like and share them with your family and friends.
- Peanuts – 1 cup
- Besan (Gram Flour) – 1/2 cup
- Carrom seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Roasted Cumin (jeera) Powder – 1/2 tsp
- All Spice Powder (garam masala) – 1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric (Haldi) powder – 1/2 tsp
- Salt as per taste
- Hing (asafoetida) – 1/2 tsp
- Oil – 2 tbsp + for greasing
- Water as reqd
NOTE : You may adjust the spice level as per your taste.
1. Clean the peanuts and take them in a deep bowl for easy mixing. Add besan (gram flour) , all the spices, hing (asafoetida) and oil. Mix once.
2. Now, using very little water make a thick batter coating of spicy besan, around the peanuts. Make sure the water isn’t too much or else the besan will not coat the peanuts properly.
3. Once the peanuts are coated nicely, spread them on a greased baking tray. Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 185 °C for about 20-22 minutes or until crisp. Do mix the peanuts in between after about 7-8 minutes for even baking from all sides. The time required for baking might vary as per your oven settings.
4. Once baked, cool them completely and immediately transfer them to an air-tight container. These can be stored for a long time like this. I can not exactly say till how long, because in my home they get finished within 1-2 weeks.
I would love to hear from you if you try this recipe of Masala Peanuts. Do mention it in my comments section how you liked it or if you made it in any other way. Also if you make this and share on social networking sites, remember to add #flavourhomebysutiksha and tag me there. I would be glad to see and appreciate your efforts.
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