Masala Peanuts (Indian Nutcracker Peanuts)

Masala Peanuts (Indian Nutcracker Peanuts) are anytime snacks that are lightly fried to a golden crispy perfection and are loaded with spicy tangy flavors. It’s one snack that’s hard to keep your hands off.Masala Peanuts (Indian Nutcracker Peanuts)Who’s in the mood for a crispy snack – Me & When do we want it – Now !!!
If you’re also in the same scenario and reading this, then you’re in luck my dear friend cause today I’m sharing with you’ll the recipe of ‘Masala Peanuts’ (Indian Nutcracker).
They are an all time fav snack in most of the Indian homes and is ready for almost 10 minutes!Masala-PeanutsAll you need is a mix of chickpea flour, rice flour, salt, and spices. Lightly toss everything together, sprinkle some water and lightly fry. Once the peanuts are completely cooled, they can be stored in an air-tight jar for a month.Masala Peanuts Indian NutcrackerI usually eat them right out of the box but sometimes it’s served with thinly chopped onions, green chilies and a dash of lemon for an extra kick. Infact they make a great pair when served with a hot beverage or along with lemony drinks.Masala-Peanuts

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Masala Peanuts

2 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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2 Cups Raw Peanuts

4 Tbsp Chickpea Flour

2 Tbsp Rice Flour

2 Tsp Red Chili Powder

1/2 Tsp Black Pepper Powder

1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder

Salt to taste

Dry Mango Powder or Chat Masala - Optional

4 Tbsp Water

1 Cup Canola Oil - You can use any light oil for frying

To Serve:

1/2 Medium Onions - Thinly sliced

1 Whole Green Chili - Thinky sliced

1/2 Lemon - Cubed


  1. In a nonstick pan, dry roast the peanuts over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and mix roasted peanuts, flours and all the spices.
  3. Sprinkle water and mix evenly so that the flour and spices stick to the peanuts(We don't want to form a paste, just coarsely mix).
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick wok on high for 2 minutes or till you see fumes coming out and then reduce the heat to lowest.
  5. Drop a handful of the peanut mix and stir lightly once so that the peanuts separate from each other and begin to cook.
  6. Keep frying the peanuts at low heat till they become slightly golden brown (Takes 2 mins/batch).
  7. Transfer the fried peanuts onto a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. You can serve them as it is or with chopped onions, chilies and lemon juice.
  10. Store rest of the peanuts in air tight containers.
  11. This can be served Hot OR Cold as per choice.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Snacks

46 Replies to "Masala Peanuts (Indian Nutcracker Peanuts)"

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    LydiaF October 6, 2015 (5:29 pm)
    I've purchased something similar, but from Mexico. I'm anxious to give these a try. Love to work with besan flour.
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      Molly Kumar October 7, 2015 (4:22 am)
      You should definitely give these a try, I think You'll like it ;)
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    Salma October 8, 2015 (3:42 am)
    These look delicious!
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    Mel @ October 8, 2015 (3:49 am)
    Yum! These peanuts look so tasty! I love the idea of serving them with onion, chilli and lemon too. Perfect with a nice cold glass of beer!
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      Molly Kumar October 8, 2015 (7:12 pm)
      So agree with you...chill the beer and I'll grab these ;) Thanks Mel
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    The Food Hunter October 8, 2015 (2:00 pm)
    I love snacks like this
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    Kelly @ TastingPage October 8, 2015 (11:00 pm)
    These look extremely dangerous. I'm sure I could go through a whole recipe in one sitting!
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      Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (4:59 pm)
      Hahahha, that's exactly what happened after I was done taking pictures ;) Thanks for visiting Kelly !
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    Brianne October 9, 2015 (5:02 am)
    Yum! These look delicious!
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    Amanda@ChewTown October 9, 2015 (5:07 am)
    I love making flavoured nuts for when guests come over, these masala peanuts look incredible. Crisp crunchy and flavourful I bet!
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    Christine October 9, 2015 (5:11 am)
    Great snack. Is dry mango powder easy to find?
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      Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (5:07 pm)
      Hi Christine, you can get dry mango powder also called 'Amchur' at any Indian grocery store or you can substitute it with any tangy flavored seasoning.
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    Cristie October 9, 2015 (5:31 am)
    These look really good. I'm making these asap!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:08 am)
      Thanks Cristie, that would be wonderful.
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    Vanessa @ October 9, 2015 (10:56 am)
    Hi Molly, these peanuts looks so delicious! Definitely a recipe I want to try :)
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      Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (5:05 pm)
      Thanks Vanessa, they are so easy to make, you should try them soon - :)
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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom October 9, 2015 (11:27 am)
    I love spicing up nuts and this is one version I have yet to try. Adding to my must make!
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      Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (5:04 pm)
      I hope you get to try them soon, this is one spicy addicting one ;)
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    Linda @ Veganosity October 9, 2015 (8:03 pm)
    What a delicious and savory snack. I can't wait to try this recipe.
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    Manju | Cooking Curies October 10, 2015 (1:12 am)
    I love this!! But ive never tried making it at home. Now that i have a fool proof recipe from you, i might try :) Thanks Molly!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:06 am)
      Thanks Manju, give it a try, they are easier than they look.
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    Sophia @veggies don't bite October 10, 2015 (4:17 am)
    What a fun and easy snack!!
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    The Vegan 8 October 10, 2015 (6:38 am)
    Omg I've never seen peanuts like this before! Holy moly those look and sound good! Those are all my favorite spices too!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:05 am)
      Lol, I'm glad you liked them this much ;)
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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen October 10, 2015 (9:35 pm)
    These look like such a fun and addicting snack :)
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    Gin October 11, 2015 (2:15 am)
    I can just imagine this spicy goodness! Pinned! I'm already obsessed with these and I haven't even made them yet. :)
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    Sina @ Vegan Heaven October 12, 2015 (6:15 am)
    These look so delicious. What a great snack!! :-)
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    Levan @ Crazy Vegan Kitchen October 12, 2015 (10:34 am)
    OMG I had these the other day and now, looking at these awesome pictures, I want more! Thanks for this awesome recipe!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:56 am)
      Hehehehe, I'm glad you liked the recipe...its easy peasy n addicting ;)
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    Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe October 12, 2015 (4:25 pm)
    Molly these looks so delicious! What a wonderful snack - perfect to munch on!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:56 am)
      Thanks Paige, they are perfectly addicting.
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    Christine at Must Love Home October 14, 2015 (1:10 pm)
    Hello Friend, You always have the best projects!!! Thank you for sharing at the Friday Favorites Link Party! Please join us again to share what you have been working on this week. Hugs - Christine at Must Love Home
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    Mark October 16, 2015 (5:07 am)
    Molly, what a great snack these are. I love the photos and I love the recipe. Really nice!
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      Molly Kumar October 20, 2015 (6:16 pm)
      I'm so glad you liked the pictures and the recipe. Thanks for visiting Mark.
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    Stella @ Stellicious Life October 17, 2015 (11:43 am)
    Sounds interesting, I'd love to give these a try, we always love crunching on some delicious and healthy snack while watching series ;-)
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      Molly Kumar October 20, 2015 (5:40 pm)
      That would be fantastic, this is actually our fav snack while watching movies :)

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