Indian Spiced Fried Peanuts with Curry Leaves

 


Indian spiced fried peanuts is an addictive teatime snack and a sure fire crowd pleaser, flavored with red chilli powder or cayenne pepper and hing or asafetida, these crispy, crunchy and spicy Indian flavored fried peanuts are perfect for your next party or enjoy it as an all-day munchie!!

I am a nut freak; love any kind of nuts, be it cashew nuts, almonds or my all-time favorite, peanuts!! Any snack for me is never complete without some nuts in them, be it my recent creation, Suji Burfi, my favorite cake date and cashew cake or even my Diwali treat, crispy dry fruits and cornflakes chivda!!

Every namkeen (fried Indian snacks) is never complete for me without some nuts in them; my family always complains that I never leave any nuts for them!!

Fried peanut is my all-time favorite snack to munch on. It is so easy to prepare, it can be ready in less than 15 minutes! Just deep fry peanuts (with the skin on but shelled) and spice up when hot with salt, cayenne and hing (an aromatic Indian spice which we add to most dishes). If you do not have hing, you can omit it; fried peanuts will still taste awesome; I just love this spice in most of my curries and snacks.

Once cool, enjoy it all day, with your evening tea or coffee, when friends drop over as an appetizer or even mixed in with chaats (Indian street food), on salads etc.

For an instant snack, mix in fried peanuts with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice!!

Indian Spiced Fried Peanuts
Yields 2
Indian spiced fried peanuts is a super addictive teatime snack; deep fried skin-on peanuts laced with Indian spices like red chili powder and hing/asafetida.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
1064 calories
41 g
0 g
90 g
43 g
12 g
184 g
1301 g
8 g
0 g
72 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
184g
Yields
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1064
Calories from Fat 751
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 90g
138%
Saturated Fat 12g
62%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 44g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1301mg
54%
Total Carbohydrates 41g
14%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 8g
Protein 43g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
10%
Iron
24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups peanuts, shelled
  2. Salt to taste
  3. 2 tsp red chilli powder/cayenne pepper
  4. 1 tsp hing/asafetida powder
  5. Few curry leaves
  6. Coconut oil or any other cooking oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep saucepan or kadai until hot.
  2. Drop ½ cup full of peanuts in the hot oil; you will see a lot of bubbles; reduce heat to medium high.
  3. As soon as the bubbles start to subside, indicating the peanuts are fried, remove and drain in a colander or over absorbent paper towels. Do not leave them too long; they scorch easily and get burnt!
  4. Once again, increase heat to high, drop another ½ cup full and continue frying the same way.
  5. As soon as the peanuts are out of the pan and are drained of excess oil, sprinkle salt, red chili powder and hing over them while still hot, toss well and keep aside to cool.
  6. You can either spice up the fried peanuts batch wise or altogether in the end; but make sure the peanuts are still warm or hot when you add the salt and spices.
  7. After the last batch of peanuts is fried, drop curry leaves into the hot oil. As soon as you drop them, the oil will splutter, so immediately, place a cover over the hot oil so as not to splatter hot oil all over!
  8. Curry leaves get fried and crisp fast, so immediately remove them and drain well.
  9. Mix with the fried and spiced peanuts, toss and serve when cool.
  10. Enjoy spicy, crispy peanuts with a cup of chai/coffee, as a bar snack, as an appetizer at any party etc.
  11. Enjoy!!
Notes
  1. Use any of your favorite spice to flavor the peanuts; garam masala powder, chaat masala powder etc.
  2. Store in airtight containers.
  3. If you do not like deep frying peanuts, you can roast the peanuts in a large saucepan instead until crispy and well roasted and then spice up with your favorite spices!
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calories
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fat
90g
protein
43g
carbs
41g
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How to make Indian Spiced Fried Peanuts:

  • Heat oil in a deep saucepan or kadai until hot.
  • Drop ½ cup full of peanuts in the hot oil; you will see a lot of bubbles; reduce heat to medium high.

  • As soon as the bubbles start to subside, indicating the peanuts are fried, remove and drain in a colander or over absorbent paper towels.

  • Once again, increase heat to high, drop another ½ cup full and continue frying the same way.
  • As soon as the peanuts are out of the pan and are drained of excess oil, sprinkle salt, red chili powder and hing over them while still hot, toss well and keep aside to cool.

  • You can either spice up the fried peanuts batch wise or altogether in the end; but make sure the peanuts are still warm or hot when you add the salt and spices.
  • After the last batch of peanuts is fried, drop curry leaves into the hot oil. As soon as you drop them, the oil will splutter, so immediately, place a cover over the hot oil so as not to splatter hot oil all over!

  • Curry leaves get fried and crisp fast, so immediately remove them and drain well.
  • Mix with the fried and spiced peanuts, toss and serve when cool.

  • Enjoy spicy, crispy peanuts with a cup of chai/coffee, as a bar snack, as an appetizer at any party etc.

  • Enjoy!!

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4 comments

  1. Jhuls says:

    Wow! I haven’t thought of adding curry leaves to fried peanuts – brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing and I know these will disappear in no time as myself love peanuts a lot. 😀

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