Microwave Masala Peanuts

Thursday, February 25, 2016


I am a part of an online Fitness group on Facebook. It is a great place for fitness enthusiasts where fellow members provide much needed motivation. And, there has to be discussions about DIET or healthy eating as you may call it. 

A couple of days ago, there was a discussion, on how to tackle the 5 PM hunger pangs. While, I love eating fruits, I don't like to make it my 5 PM snack & it certainly does not go well with Chai or Coffee. Fortunately, I was not the only one who felt that way. The best way to stop oneself from attacking the pantry when hunger strikes, is to preplan our meals on time, including the in between snacks.

I have a great recipe for you to tackle the 5 PM hunger pangs - A low calorie, Microwave Masala Peanuts. All you need is 10 minutes from start to finish. You can actually make this in-between your favourite TV Show or in-between chores. 


You Will Need:

  • 1 cup Raw Peanuts
  • 3 tbsp Besan/Gram Flour
  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • A pinch of Hing
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

In a large bowl,Add Gram Flour, Rice Flour, Red Chilli Powder, Hing & salt. Combine well with hands. Add Peanuts, Oil & water & mix well with your hands. 

You will get a soggy lump kind of mixture. Grease a Microwave safe bowl or a plate with a tsp of cooking oil. Spread the peanuts evenly on the bowl/plate. Breakdown any clusters to ensure even cooking.

Microwave for a minute. Take out the dish & give it a toss & microwave for another minute. Repeat the process 3 more times.

The Power of the microwave varies from one brand to another. Mine took about 5 minutes. So do a test before making the entire batch at once. 

The peanuts will feel slightly raw once the are out of the microwave but will get crispy once they cool down completely.

Transfer into an airtight jar & enjoy your gulit free snack

I actually prefer this version to the deep fried ones. It is a great accompaniment with Chai/Coffee. It goes well with a mug of chilled Beer too :)


I did not make this spicy on purpose as my little one loves munching on this as well. Increase Red Chiili Powder to 1 tsp to make it more spicy. 

It should take anywhere between 4-6 minutes for the peanuts to be done, depending on your microwave. Always do a test batch, if you are trying this for the first time.

They should stay nice & crisp for about 3-4 days. Mine lasted of 3 days & it was as crisp on the 3rd day too. Provided, you store them properly in an air tight jar

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