Disclaimer : A super quick post. Still have not gotten around to using my cannon after the vacation. Inertia , I suppose.. So smartphone shots it is !
Well the Masala Peanuts lasted but a few precious hours in the house .. There was still some awesome raw peanuts left and I wanted something with enough spice and zing in it . And I did make it 🙂
Crunchy, and perfectly spiced with tanginess of lemon with chili flavor in it and just a kiss of honey. Oh this would be totally addictive in the snacking department . Whip up a bowl in minutes and prepare to be amazed..
- 2.5 cups of raw skinned peanuts
- Fresh squeezed lime juice : 2-3 Tbsp.
- Oil of your choice : 2 tsp ( can increase up to 1 Tbsp. if you prefer)
- Honey : 1.5 Tbsp.
- Salt : 1/2 tsp.
- Red Chili Powder : 2 tsp.
- Garam Masala : 1/2 tsp. ( optional)
- Hing : A generous pinch
- Optional : dried mint flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F .
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the peanuts. Whisk it well. The honey especially needs to be homogeneously distributed in the spice mixture.
- Add the raw skinned peanuts and toss it well in this so it well coated. Let it sit for about 5 minutes so the flavors and spice have a chance to adhere to the peanuts.
- Line a baking sheet or tray with parchment paper or non stick sheet.
- Scoop the peanuts allowing the excess spice mix if any to drain off ( I did not have to really drain it or so) and spread them out on the baking sheet.
- Bake them for about 15-17 minutes ( oven times may vary so keep an eye)
- Let it cool before you dive in.
Options , Variables and Notes:
- This is one of the most basic recipe. Feel free to add in some flavors and experiment.
- Add dried Oregano leaves or some Italian seasoning mix, Red chili flakes and season for a different take on flavor.
- Add dried mint leaves, garam masala and season and you would be pleasantly surprised by the Indian twist!
- Add just honey, asafoetida and Oil along with a hint of ground black pepper and you will be amazed..
- Always keep an eye out while toasting nuts in the oven. They go from perfectly crisp to burnt very fast.