Oct 31, 2013

Masala Kadalai / Masala Peanuts / Fried Spicy Peanuts - Diwali Snack Recipes

When i was little, and sitting on the couch munching a packet of this peanuts. I used to think, that this snack is so hard to make, because they would have take each peanuts and coated with the masala and then fry them. Yes believe i was thinking like that till the day when my mom made it for me. It is years back. And when i found that, it is not like coating each peanuts in the masala. I was happy..Because i can make it too.

Couple days back mom asked me to make her this peanuts. So i got the recipe from her and tried it immediately. And it turned out so yummy. I would recommend you to add more garlic, because those fried up garlic taste so yummy..I was just picking those garlic from the peanuts. So try it and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 1 mins for each batch
Makes - 2 cups of masala peanuts


Peanuts - 2 cups ( I used Raw)
Gram Flour - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 3 tblspn
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 10 cloves with skin on
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Red Food Colouring a pinch
Water as needed
Oil for deep frying


Start by roasting peanuts. If you are using roasted peanuts, then you dont have to do this. Since i used raw peanut, I use microwave to roast them. Take peanuts in microwave safe bowl and put it inside oven. Set time for 5 mins. Remove them very 2 mins and give them a toss. Once the timer goes off, take them out and allow them to cool down. Every oven is different, if your peanuts is not roasted in 5 mins, put it back in the oven for couple more mins. Now set them aside till use.

Heat oil for deep frying.  Take fennel seeds and garlic in a mixer and run them once. This will crush them very slightly, If you wish you can add them whole, but i think, this makes them even more flavourful.

Now take the peanuts in a bowl, add in salt, chilli pdr, baking soda, gram flour, rice flour, crushed garlic and fennel, asafoetida and mix well.

Now sprinkle over some water and rub them with your fingers. This will make the flours stick to the peanuts and coat them. Never add too much water. Add some food colouring if you want to.

Once they are coated. Fry this in hot oil til they turn light golden.Drain them in some paper towel.

Once they are cooled. Store them in a air tight container.

Use good peanuts

Take them in a microwave safe bowl

Cook for 5 mins

Till they are roasted

Now take your ingredients

Take fennel and garlic in a mixer

crush them
Take peanuts in a bowl

Season with salt

chilli powder
crushed garlic and fennel

Add in gram flour

rice flour

add baking soda

asafoetida / I used the liquid stuff

mix well

sprinkle water

mix to form a coarse mixture

i added some food colouring

fry in hot oil

drain once it turn golden



  1. i love it very much.. so tasty aaayirikkum alle??

  2. It came out well. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. sooper, looks delicious & will try today.

  4. Without microwave how long should I roast?

  5. Instead of deep frying can i bake it in otg oven

    1. not sure about that. u can try though.

  6. The peanuts became a little soggy when it cooled down. Why is that?


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