Masala Kadalai - Spicy peanuts coated in chickpea flour and deep-fried. Easy, simple and make-ahead perfect party snack.Perfect snack for parties, after school and also goes well with cocktails.
This used to be my everyday snack after coming from school. There is a bakery shop nearby my house from where my mom used to get cakes, chocolates, buns, savouries and lot more... There were no calorie restrictions and no weight watchers and parents also didn't mind as long as they are hygienic. Do we like it or not was all that mattered. Innocent and guilt free. That was bliss. Now I miss these things so dearly. Staying far away from where I grew up, I am not able to find any such goodies shop according to my taste preference.
But growing up has its own advantage, most of the time we can create it at home. :)Here is another party snack to liven up the ambiance. Crunchy spice coated peanuts! Easy, simple and make-ahead perfect party snack. This might be best suited for mocktail/cocktail party ( 😛 ) nonetheless you can enjoy this for any party or a get-together with friends. When all friends are under one roof what else can be the best accompaniment for the long hours non-stop gossiping and chit chat!
Pictorial Description of Masala Kadalai
- 1 cup peanuts without skin
- 4 tablespoon besan | chickpea flour | gram flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoon rice flour
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
- Salt for taste
- Oil for deep frying
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle very little water at a time and mix well. Add just enough water to coat the peanuts in the flour mixture. Check for seasoning and adjust the spice and salt as needed.
- Once it is coated well, allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan for frying them. In a medium flame, fry the peanuts in batches. Try to separate the peanuts as much as possible after adding them in oil.
Strain the excess oil in a tissue paper and once it cools, store them in an airtight container.
You can also add curry leaves and minced garlic for extra flavour.
Deep frying them in medium-flame is very important. Otherwise, it might get burnt easily and taste bitter.
If you taste them as soon as you deep fry them, it might not be crunchy. Allow it to cool and then taste it.
Also, use very little water while preparing the flour mixture. The amount of water should be enough to coat the peanuts. Do not add more.