Masala peanuts or verkadalai pakoda is a very famous snack item made with peanuts, gram flour and spices mixed together either deep fried or micro waved or baked. This crunchy snack is so tempting that you just can’t resist yourself from munching it and makes a perfect TV time or kids school box snack.
When I was a kid, I used to love the savouries (murukku, thattai, vella seedai) made by my grandmother only. I never used to like any store bought savories except for one – the Verkadalai Pakoda or the Masala Peanuts. As a kid, my dad always got me a packet of verkadalai pakoda whenever he came back from office.
This snack is so special to me that it brings back my childhood memories. There used to be a window in our old house overlooking the road, which used to be my favorite spot for munching on some snack or reading my story books. Whenever my dad got me a packet of my favorite masala peanuts, I would run to my spot, settle myself near the window and would transition to my own world. I just loved sitting nearby the window and enjoying the crispy and crunchy pakodas and reading my favorite books – Tinkles, Amar Chitra Kathas, Enid Blytons and Nancy Drew.
As I grew up, this habit of mine just faded with formal studies take prominence. After so many years, I have again started enjoying this snack – Masala Peanuts. Only change being, I make it at home whenever I feel like having it and instead of deep frying, I use a microwave oven to make my much loved snack. So, no more worries of having a deep fried snack and increased calories, I now enjoy it guilt free.
Peanuts are rich source of energy. It lowers the bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the body. Raw peanuts soaked in water overnight and consumed is said to be good for kids as they rich in protein and good for proper growth and development of body. Peanuts also contain anti oxidant in high concentrations when they are boiled. They are rich in B complex vitamins like riboflavin, thiamin, B6, B9 and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.
Raw peanuts – 1 cup
Besan or gram flour – ¾ cup
Red chilli powder – 1 ½ tsp or to taste
Dry mango powder or amchur – 1 tsp
Chat masala – ¾ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Oil – 3 tsps
Water – 3-4 tbsp or as needed
Salt to taste
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 7 mins
Resting time – 3 mins
Total time – 20 mins
Serves – 2 or 3 persons
- Take peanuts in a bowl. Wash it well in water and drain the water completely.
- Transfer the peanuts to a microwave safe bowl.
- Add all the ingredients to the washed peanuts except oil and water.
- Add oil and mix it well using a spoon or a fork. The mixture would start turning crumbly.
- Now, add water little by little until the spice powders and flour coats the peanuts well. Do not add all the water at once.
- Once ready, microwave the masala coated peanuts for 6-7 mins.
- Stir after every 2 mins and separate the peanuts sticking together so that each peanut gets roasted well.
- Keep an eye after 5 mins as there are chances that the peanuts might get burnt.
- Remove the micro waved masala peanuts and let it cool for 2-3 mins.
Enjoy your crispy and crunchy Masala Peanuts (Verkadalai pakoda).
- You can use either raw or roasted peanuts for this recipe. I have tried both. If you want to use roasted peanuts, microwave the peanuts for 2 mins and then proceed with the above steps.
- You can add 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of rice flour along with the gram flour.
- Increase or decrease the spice levels as per your family’s preference.
- You can add garam masala powder too along with other spice powders.
- Ginger garlic paste or crushed garlic also can be added.
- Keep stirring after every minute or two to ensure even roasting and to avoid peanuts getting burnt or sticking to each other.