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November 23, 2016

Masala Peanuts Recipe – Masala Kadalai (Microwave & Deep fried Versions)

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When I was young, my dad used to buy this besan coated, red colored, deep fried, spicy, dry masala peanuts( masala kadalai in Tamil) and roasted green peas ( Kara Pattani ) that is sold in small packets along with cone ice cream in cinema theatres to munch on during interval time Nowadays we could find mostly popcorn & boiled sweet corn ( butter cup corn) in most of the theaters which I am not fond of. So we buy it only for my daughter Raksha. She likes Haldirams masala peanuts and moong dal as well. But I feel the quantity of salt is high in it. So I started making them at home either in microwave or by deep frying in oil depending on the time in hand. Mostly I make it for Raksha’s school snack box or for her evening snacks after coming back from school. Yesterday I prepared this masala peanuts for our teatime. I took a video recipe by making one batch in microwave and deep frying the other batch. Both came out really well, equally crunchy and tasty. Kids would like the deep fried version more than microwave ones. For people under diet or calorie conscious, you can opt for baked version in oven to cut down the calories.I have shared both of them with step by step pictures and a video below. Do try this easy, quick and yummy evening snack for your kids & elders in your family. Enjoy your teatime ! Now Lets see how to make this yummy South Indian Masala peanuts / masala kadalai at home.
microwave masala peanuts recipe

Masala Peanuts Recipe - Microwave & Deep Fried Versions

Masala Peanuts Recipe - Microwave & Deep Fried Versions How to make besan coated masala peanuts - Deep fried version & microwave versions !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 40 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw peanuts - 1/2 cup
  • Besan flour / Kadalai maavu - 3 tbsp
  • Rice flour - 1.5 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( Add 1.5 tsp for spicy taste)
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Ginger & Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Asafetida/ Hing – 2 pinches
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp ( to mix in the batter)
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry

  • Wash and soak raw peanuts in water for 15 minutes. Soaking helps to skin to remain intact with peanuts while frying. The masala won’t come off with the skin after frying. After soaking drain the soaked water completely.
    masala peanuts recipe
  • Take them in a wide bowl and add the besan, rice flour, red chilli powder, Garam masala powder, Ginger & garlic paste, hing and required salt. Mix well. Then add water little by little and mix well till all the peanuts are well coated with the masala. Do not make the batter too thick or too thin. Now add 1 tsp of cooking oil all over the batter. Mix well and set aside.
    masala peanuts recipe
    masala peanuts recipe
  • For deep frying : Heat cooking oil to deep fry and drop a pinch of batter to check its temperature. When its hot, it will rise to the top immediately. Now sprinkle the masala coated peanuts in oil and deep fry till it becomes golden in color and crunchy. Cook in medium flame and toss them in oil whenever needed, cook till bubbles cease. Remove in a tissue paper.
    masala peanuts recipe
  • For microwave version : Grease a microwave plate with oil and spread the masala coated peanuts in the plate.You can spread them directly on the glass plate inside the microwave.  Microwave in high power for 6-7 minutes and cook till its roasted. Keep an eye to avoid burning of peanuts. You should remove the plate once in the middle( after 3 minutes) and flip them to cook the other side as well. Again microwave for 3-4 minutes. Mine took totally 7 minutes in 800w power. Roasted Peanuts will be soft to touch when hot. But it will become very crispy once it cools down. So let it cool down completely before you munch. Serve with tea !
    Microwave masala peanuts recipe
Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as per your taste buds.
  • If you don’t have enough time for soaking, just wash the peanuts and mix all the flours in the wet peanuts and proceed as given above.
  • Timings in microwave depends on the power of microwave. So please keep an eye. It will burn off suddenly.
Microwave masala peanuts recipe
Enjoy this crunchy masala peanuts for your teatime !
Masala peanuts recipe

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Anonymous said...

I love the microwave version.. nice idea.. I will definitely give a try..

I think spraying a dash of oil after cooking in microwave could make it more appetizing. It would give a feel that it is fried and help to get rid of that maavu feeling, when we chew it..

Unknown said...

crunchy peanuts.i usually fry the masala peanuts.the healthy version looks more beautiful

Chitra said...

Hi, Thanks.Yes, may be it helps to avoid that dry look :)

Chitra said...

Thanks Ramya :)

Unknown said...

I tried the fried version today , they came out so well ,thanks for the recipe !!

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying :)