Groundnuts they say are the poor man’s cashews but I say they are even better than cashews. Or both are awesome! Let’s settle on that 🙂 Admit it, we all are nuts for both those nuts! These crisp karara masala groundnuts are one the best snacks in the world.
Come tea-time, these humble snacks are a tasty choice. Light and masaledaar, masala groundnuts very famous in condiment stores in Karnataka . A special mention has to go to ‘Subbamma Stores’ a condiment store in Bengaluru. The variety of snacks we get there are simply mouth-watering.
These snacks are quite simple to make and of course as always I try to bake snacks and not deep-fry them. They turn out so crunchy and even in terms of taste there is no compromise.
Try to use Kashmiri red chilli powder to get the characteristic red colour of these tasty masala groundnuts. I had run out of Kashmiri red chilli powder but still tastes heavenly. Try and avoid food colour if it is not natural or organic.
Try these roasted mung dal and baked nippattu. More bakery style snacks and tea-time snacks. Enjoy your break!
Try more groundnut based recipes this Sankranti/Pongal like shenga chikki, shenga barfis, shenga unde etc.
- 1 Cup red peanuts
- 2 heaped Tbsp besan
- 2 Tbsp rice flour
- ½ Tsp red chilli powder
- ¼ Tsp hing
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 1 Tbsp groundnut oil
- ½ or ¾ Tsp salt or to taste
- 1½ Tbsp water (upto 2 tbsp)
- Dry roast groundnuts till crisp and their skin changes colour. They should turn crisp. Let them cool
- Take roasted groundnuts into a bowl, add all dry ingredients starting with besan and rice flour
- Add masalas, red chilli powder, hing
- Sprinkle seasonings, salt and baking soda. Mix all these with the groundnuts
- Pour over a Tbsp of oil and mix to coat
- Now add 1 Tbsp of water and mix well again to coat. Add little more water to ensure all dry masalas get coated onto groundnuts
- Pre-heat oven to 180 Deg C. Spread out masala groundnuts evenly on roasting tray separating them as they are spread out
- Roast at 180 Deg C 13-15 minutes till crisp karara
- Serve with tea or coffee!
Instead of red chilli powder you can also make yellow coloured ones by adding turmeric and adding little green chilli paste for some spice
Adjust seasonings as per your taste
These masala groundnuts can also be deep-fried in hot oil or medium flame. Yum!
Masala Groundnuts Stepwise:
Dry roast groundnuts till crisp and their skin changes colour. They should turn crisp. Let them cool
Now add 1 Tbsp of water and mix well again to coat. Add little more water to ensure all dry masalas get coated onto groundnuts
Pre-heat oven to 180 Deg C. Spread out masala groundnuts evenly on roasting tray separating them as they are spread out