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Masala Peanuts served in a bowl with lemon wedge on the side
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Masala Peanuts - (Microwave, Air fryer)

Masala Peanuts is a spicy and crunchy snack coated in chickpea flour, rice flour , peanuts and few spices which serves as wonderful tea time snacks.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword cocktail snack, healthy snacks, masala peanuts, microwave masala peanuts, microwave method, peanut recipes
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 256kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml


Microwave Method:

  • Take a bowl, and add gram flour, rice flour, red chili powder ,turmeric powder, hing, chat masala and salt as per taste. Mix them well and keep aside.
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  • In another bowl take peanuts. Now add lemon juice and mix it well.
    step to add lemon juice to peanuts collage
  • Add the prepared gram flour-rice flour mixture and roll them in the flour with help of a spoon.
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  • Add a teaspoon of oil and mix again.
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  • Sprinkle little water at a time and mix well until each peanut is coated well with masala.
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  • Take a microwave safe bowl and grease the bottom with oil.
  • Now transfer some peanuts to the bowl. Place the peanuts as a single layer and do not place them on top of one another.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoon oil on top of peanuts and place the bowl in microwave on high for 1 Minute.
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  • Stir in the peanuts after 1 min, and place them back in microwave for 2 mins.
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  • Allow these peanuts to cool down after 2 mins. As they cool down they become more crunchier.
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  • Masala peanuts are ready and serve with hot chai.

Air Fryer Masala Peanuts

  • To make Masala Peanuts in an air fryer, line the peanuts coated with masala on the tray of the air fryer in a single layer.
    Brush or spray the air fryer basket with some oil. Air fry in a preheated air fryer at 360°F (180°C) for 4 minutes or until they are slightly browned. Shake them halfway through.


  1. Do not add more water while mixing flour and peanuts, add little by little.
  2. If you do not want to microwave you can use a prepared mixture and deep fry in the oil on medium-low heat so that they get cooked till inside and become crunchy.
  3. Microwave power settings are different for different brands, hence if the masala peanuts are not cooked or crunchier after 3 min microwaving…you can microwave for more than 60-90 secs.
  4. The same recipe can be used to make masala cashew or masala almonds.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 287mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.8mg