Sunday, November 16, 2008

Microwave Masala peanuts revisited....

When I run out of snacks at home and the mood for munchies strikes me, one of my favorite snacks is this version of microwave masala peanuts. This is really a simple, quick and tasty treat that makes a great tv time/ movie time snack.

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The very first post on this blog, I had posted another version of these masala peanuts. This version just uses chickpea flour (besan) and rice flour (chawal ka atta) Traditionally these snacks are deep fried, but I have been making this in the microwave for a long time now and find that it tastes just as good and is just as crunchy as the deep fried ones without the guilt associated with frying and the calories of course :-)

Microwave Masala Peanuts ~ Crunchy Peanut Snack

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Ingredients and Method to make Masala peanuts

1 3/4 cup Raw peanuts (mungphali/kadalai/verkadalai)

1/4 cup rice flour (chawal ka atta/ arisi maavu)

1/4 cup chick pea flour (besan/kadalai maavu)

1 1/4 tsp salt (or according to taste)

1/2 tsp red chili powder (or according to taste)

1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing) (optional)

1/2 tsp garam masala (can be substituted with any other kind of curry powder) or to taste

To know how to make your own garam masala check out this post

3 tbsp oil (any flavorless oil is fine)

scant 1/4 cup water


In a large wide glass dish or any other microwave safe dish, mix together all the dry ingredients.

 
 
Add oil to this and mix well.

Add water one tbsp at a time and mix well.


 
Place the dish in the microwave and heat for 2 mins initially.
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Remove, break lumps and stir the peanuts and place back in microwave and repeat this process in 1 minute increments until done.

The time in the microwave will depend on the wattage of the microwave, it took me approximately about 7 minutes.


When the peanuts turn darker, into a deep rosy/red color it means it is done, it may still seem soft when you taste it while hot,but when it cools, the peanuts are crunchy.

Suggested Variation:
Skip the garam masala and add 1 tsp of fennel seeds (saunf/sombu) for a different taste and flavor

35 comments :

Lovliebutterfly said...

Interesting! I will try this when I buy a microwave (which should be soon as I am starting to miss it!)
That sounds like a great snack!

Bhawana said...

Thats very good dear. I make this by deep frying but u made it a very much healthier version. I bookmarked this.

aTxVegn said...

Oh, wow, this looks like something my family would enjoy so much, since we are huge fans of peanuts and Indian food. Thank you!

M's kitchen said...

this is a must try recipe. i love peanuts.. this is low fat too.. nice one.

anudivya said...

I have heard about this, but never made it myself. Looks like a perfect snack without having to fry them. Will try.

sowmya said...

good one..will make it sometime..

Cham said...

Yesterday i saw the deep fried version to Seena's place :) Now u re giving a short method! Good and healthy one!

Curry Leaf said...

Never tried peanuts in the microwave.This looks easy than frying and healthier too.Will try

vidhas said...

Very nice recipe. Its a healthy snack.

srikars kitchen said...

wow... nice entry...delicious...

Swati said...

Oh this looks great.. will try it out...No frying ..yipeee

Valarmathi said...

Wow no frying at all. Thats interesting. Will try sometime.

Priya said...

WOww..i do them as deepfrying..microwave version seems prefect b delicious...will try soon..

Happy cook said...

I love masala peanuts, but never done then in MW.

Pam said...

What a great and healthy snack. It's great that you can cook these in the microwave - quick and easy.

Uma said...

looks yum! nice idea to do those in MW.

Kat said...

yum yum yum. I wish I could have some right now.

Laavanya said...

Looks awesome Usha.. my husband's favorite.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Perfect snack and definitely a nice source of antioxidants... I just love them...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Wow, a low calorie snack, I love the fried peanuts, should try this low-fat version, thanks for sharing this recipe :)

miss v said...

yum! this would be gone in no time at my house!

raaji said...

Usha those look wonderful.....i will make them for next weekend party..thanks dear for posting

Maria said...

I will have to try this version! Sounds awesome!

Shillu said...

This is a new one. I love masala peanuts, never tried the microwave way. I will definitely give it a shot!

Lore said...

Sometimes what I love most about a movie night are the snacks. We use to make mini-pizzas but it might be time for a healthy crunch ;) Thanks for sharing!

AnuSriram said...

Thats lovely! Nice recipe to try!

Ramya said...

Will try and tell u soon... simply superb! Pls visit YAAT post at my blog. I have something for you...

Roopa said...

mmm I love crunchy peanut snacks:)

Archy said...

Wow, Lovely snack for winter Usha.. tempting me to try it right now.. Superb :)!!

Divya Vikram said...

We just love masala peanuts. But restrict it because they are deep fried. This sounds like a must try.

veggie belly said...

Oh my gosh!! You have just taken my favorite snack and infinitely simplified it! I'm defenitely trying this, thanks for a great idea!

Preeti Kashyap said...

Hey thanks for the tip about the oat meal bar recipe. I got hungry and searched for "microwave". This recipe popped up!...tasted amazing! Have a look.

http://relishingrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/08/microwave-masala-peanuts.html

Shobu said...

tried it out.. made half the quantity.. was absolutely yummy.. thank you so much for a lovely recipe..

Shobu said...

tried it out.. made half the quantity.. was absolutely yummy.. thank you so much for a lovely recipe..

Sony P said...

Wow........Crispy and crunchy peanunts !

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