4 pm is tea time, or snack time, in most homes. But for us, it is fruit time. Because, exactly at 4 in the evening, we (mostly D & D) will be peeling the bananas?! Initially, they used to wail and hate the very thought of eating fruits.
But, they have now got so used to it that little D, if not given a fruit at that time, comes and asks me “where are the fruits”? Such nice kids have to be rewarded, don’t they? What can the reward be? Anything that is crunchy and great to munch on… Just for the sake of getting their hands on the snack they will finish their fruits faster.
I saw the recipe on a website and tweaked it, and voila! It turned out just right! A quick snack that is tasty, healthy, and nutritious. Perfect for me as well as for the kids.
- Raw peanuts/groundnuts – 2 cups
- Bengal gram flour (besan) – 1 tblsp
- Rice flour – little more than 1 tblsp
- Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp or more
- Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
- Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
- Coriander seeds (dhania) powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin (jeera) powder – 1/2 tsp
- Dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) – 1/2 tsp
- Oil – 3 tsp
- Salt – to taste
Take the peanuts in a bowl, and add all the powders, masala, ginger garlic paste, kasuri methi, oil and salt. Sprinkle water lightly and mix well. Add besan and rice flour to this so that they just coat the peanuts. For people who don’t like such intense flavours, its best to omit the spice powders except salt and a pinch of chilli powder and go ahead with the recipe as it is. Spread it out on a greased microwaveable plate and set microwave on high for 3 minutes. Mix well (you might want to seperate the nuts which are sticking together) and microwave again for 2-3 minutes. You can check if it is done and if needed put it back in the microwave for a few more minutes as required.
To check if the peanuts are done, you have to wait until they are cool.
Tasty and crunchy masala peanuts are right here on the table. Gonna grab some before it gets over. Promoting healthy eating is rather easy with this recipe (or so I feel). Do let me know how it turns out for you.