Peanut or groundnut is used widely in Indian cooking. I use it to prepare chutney. I also boil it to serve as a snack. It can also be added with vegetables to increase the quantity and nutrients. Peanuts are very good source of protein and other minerals. They contain more unsaturated fats, niacin and antioxidants.
Masala peanut is a famous snack liked by most. Without deep frying in oil, this spicy peanuts can be prepared easily in less time in microwave oven. As a evening snack, it is good and healthy.
It is also called as Verkadalai Pakoda in Tamil Nadu. Peanut is known as Verkadalai in Tamil.
- Peanuts – ½ cup
- Gram flour/besan – one tablespoon heaped
- Corn flour or rice flour – one teaspoon heaped
- Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
- Red chilli powder – one teaspoon heaped
- Garam masala powder – ½ teaspoon
- Ginger garlic paste – ½ teaspoon
- Salt – as per taste
- Oil – 5 to 6 drops
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl except oil; add little water and mix well so that the peanuts are coated with batter paste uniformly; avoid too dry or too watery batter.
- Set the microwave oven in 100% power; grease a microwave safe plate with 2 drops of oil; spread the peanuts on the plate evenly; set the timer in the microwave oven for 4 minutes and switch on.
- Stir the peanuts, after every minute so as to avoid formation of lumps; when one minute is remaining, add 3 to 4 drops of oil, mix and cook for the remaining one minute; remove and allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
- Serve crispy, spicy peanuts with tea or coffee.
- Un-skinned peanuts give better results; masala may not get fully coated on skinned peanuts.
- Do not prepare in large quantity to store and use; cook only as and when required.
- Quantity of spices may be adjusted to suit children.