Monday, February 1, 2010

Peanut Masala


Peanut Masala - I tasted this first in Bangalore. Loved the flavour, but did not gather how to recreate the dish at home. Years later, one day my sister made this for me and I was like, "What is the recipe?". Nice flavour, nutritious and great for tea-parties and get togethers. I later found out that its quite a prominent dish in Bangalore. It is also known as Raja Masala in Bangalore, infact some places serve the best ones I know, only in Bangalore.
Its raining Awards at my blog. Supriya, a sweet fellow blogger from My Kook Book fame, has gifted me with some blog awards. Thanks Supriya. Its humbling and a nice gesture. Feels great when someone takes the effort to recognise you and makes your day! Yayy!!

Preparation time + Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
Peanuts (roasted) - 3 cups
Onions (finely chopped) - 1/2 cup
Cilantro or Coriander leaves (finely chopped) - 1/4th cup
Chaat Masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Oil - 2 teaspoon
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato (chopped) - 1/4th cup
Lime juice - 2 tablespoon
Salt - As per taste

Method:
Roast Peanuts for 1 and 1/2 minute in Microwave. Allow to cool or pan-roast on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Allow to cool. You will notice that the peanuts are little soft upon roasting, allow them to cool, because they tend to get more robust and firm once they cool. Give a shake gently with hands and take off the peanut skin. It is a painstaking process but worth it because the skin interferes with the final taste. I was in a hurry so chose to retain the skin. Add all the ingredients and mix well. If you are adding Tomatoes, you need to serve immediately as the tomato juice would make the peanut texture soft, less tasty and tangy. Add Lime juice while serving. Garnish with chopped Cilantro.

6 comments:

  1. hey Ash, nice full tp recipe. looks very nice . great click. great for the evening warm ups..

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  2. @ Deepa - Thanks. Yes, what I liked is its easy, hassle free and quick snack with nutrition value packed in.

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  3. peanut masala looks tempting.. during mango season we add green mangoes with peanuts and call them raja masala. Very good evening snack.

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  4. Hey thats a lovely peanut snack...crunchily yummy...and the awards are well deserved dear!

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  5. @ Madhu - Thanks. That's a great idea, will add some chopped mangoes when I have a craving for some tanginess. :)

    @ Supriya - Thanks dear. You are simply generous and sweet. Thank you.

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