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Crispy Masala Peanuts
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5 from 7 votes

Crispy Masala Peanuts

Crunchy Crispy Masala Peanuts recipe. Vegan and Gluten-free, frying and baking methods included. Baked/ Fried Masala Peanuts
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Crispy Peanuts, Masala Mongphali
Servings: 4
Author: Swati


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Kadhai/Thick bottomed Pan for frying peanuts
  • Oven for Baking Peanuts


  • 2 Cups Peanuts(with skin)
  • 1/2 Cup Besan(Chickpea Flour)
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Flour
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch/Cornflour(as known in India)
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/Caraway Seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp Chaat Masala
  • 1-2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi/Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Amchur optional
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste optional
  • Baking Powder(a pinch) optional
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for Frying
  • 2-3 tsp Oil (when baking)
  • 1 tsp Kali Mirch/Black Pepper Powder


  • In a bowl mix all the flours and spices together. Use 1 tbsp of chaat masala, keep the rest 1 tbsp for later use.
  • Add water to the flour mix. Add water slowly mixing, take care no lumps are formed.
  • About half cup of water is used for making batter. Use as required.
  • Add peanuts, mix nicely and coat with batter.

Frying Peanuts

  • Heat oil in pan/kadhai on medium flame. Drop 1-2 peanuts, when it sizzles and comes up lower the flame and drop a batch of peanuts.
  • Fry on low lame til light brown.
  • Take out drain on a paper and sprinkle and mix some chaat masala from remaining 1 tbsp and red chilli powder(if using) .
  • Like wise fry rest of the peanuts in batches and sprinkle chaat masala and red chilli powder.
  • Once peanuts cool completely, store in an air-tight container

Baking Masala Peanuts

  • Add 2-3 tsp of oil while making batter.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Spread the batter coated peanuts on baking tray, line with silicone sheet(preferably).
  • Set the timer for 20 minutes. Check after 10 minutes, shuffle the peanuts and bake for another 10 minutes.


If allergic to peanuts, you can use Hazelnuts and make Masala Hazelnuts. Use roasted and skinned hazelnuts.
Baking time may vary with ovens, check peanuts accordingly.