Masala Peanuts, or Masale Kadle as known in my home state of Karnataka, is made every fortnight in our home for my two boys who are crazy about peanuts. All 3 men in my life, my father, husband and son are addicted to munching on peanuts whenever they get chance. As it is quite cold winter days, instead of munching on store brought oily munchies, I decided to make some little healthier option and Microwave Masala Peanuts were the perfect things to make. Traditionally these Masala Peanuts are coated in spicy gram flour paste and deep fried to golden perfection. By cooking them in microwave, it not only saves time but also reduces the amount of oil used in making them. Taste wise I find these Microwave Masala Peanuts much better than the ones cooked by deep frying as you will not be left behind with the taste of oil in your taste buds.
3 cups Raw Peanuts (I have used pink peanuts)
1¾ – 2 cups Besan/Gram Flour/Chickpea Flour, sifted to remove lumps
2 tbsp Rice Powder
2-3 tbsp Oil
¼ cup Water
½ tbsp Salt or to taste
1-1½ tsp Red Chilli Powder (Adjust as per taste)
½ tsp Haldi/Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Amchur/Dry Mango Powder (Optional but recommended)
½ – ¾ tsp Garam Masala (Optional)
½ tsp Dhania/Coriander Powder (Optional)
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida
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Wow!! Loved It!!