Air Fryer Masala Peanuts – Spicy Peanuts (Fried+Baked Version too)

Air Fryer Masala Peanuts – Spicy Peanuts (Fried+Baked Version too) extremely popular Indian snack using chickpea flour & spices. Must for Indian parties, cocktails or teatime. Glutenfree+ vegan  #indiansnack 


Masala Peanuts is literally one of the MOST Popular Indian snack recipes! Be it a tea-coffee break, drinks party, weddings or just friends hanging in together, this snack is always in demand.

 So, here’s my Air Fryer Masala Peanuts – Spicy Peanuts recipe to make it even more often and in an easier/quick way. I’m also detailing the Fried + Baked Peanuts version too.


Indian Masala Peanuts Air Fryer

If you are a constant visitor or reader of my blog, you know our love for snacks and I’m constantly looking at ways to make them even more healthier and quick.

So this Air Fryer Masala Peanuts – Spicy Peanuts Air Fryer version is literally on repeat all Festive Season-long or I should say winter long.

What are Air Fryer Masala Peanuts & Ingredients:

They are peanuts mixed in chickpea flour, spice batter and then air-fried to a crispy coated consistency. The ingredients are:

  • Chickpea Flour (Besan)
  • Rice Flour (Chawal ka Atta) this is optional and is added for extra crunchiness. 
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Salt
  • Garam Masala
  • Mango Powder (this gives it a tangy flavor) can be skipped)
  • Oil for Air frying or frying (depending on the version you choose)


Process to Make Air Fryer Masala Peanuts – Spicy Peanuts

Once the ingredients are there, you only need 10 minutes to make this recipe.

  1. We start by mixing peanuts, flour, and spices in a bowl.
  2. Then sprinkle some water + oil and mix everything till peanuts are nicely coated with the mix (as shown below).
  3. Then we Air Fry, Fry or Bake the Masala Peanuts as per our choice of cooking version.
  4. That’s it, once cooked, just let cool for few minutes and serve fresh.


air fryer masala peanuts process

air fryer masala peanuts process


Once the peanuts are completely cooled, they can be stored in an air-tight jar for a month.



Air Fryer Masala Peanuts recipe

Air Fryer Masala Peanuts


Masala Peanuts (Indian Nutcracker Peanuts)

Serving Suggestion:

I 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.


So, go ahead and try these Air Fryer Masala Peanuts – Spicy Peanuts (Fried+Baked Version too) soon and enjoy with your loved ones.

You can serve them with any choice of beverage or as a side for gameday parties or get-togethers.


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Air Fryer Masala Peanuts - Spicy Peanuts (Fried+Baked Version too)

Air Fryer Masala Peanuts - Spicy Peanuts

Air Fryer Masala Peanuts - Spicy Peanuts (Fried+Baked Version too) light, crispy peanuts in a mix of chickpea flour and spicy tangy Indian flavors. This is a glutenfree+ vegan snack #indiansnack

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 2 Cups Raw Peanuts
  • 6 Tbsp Chickpea Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Flour - optional
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Cup Oil - if frying the peanuts


  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Dry Mango Powder or Chat Masala - Optional

To Serve:

  • 1/2 Medium Onions - thinly sliced
  • 1 Whole Green Chili - thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Lemon - Cubed


Making the Peanut Masala Batter:

  1. In a large bowl, add peanuts, flour and all the spices.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp oil and mix evenly so that the flour and spices stick to the peanuts (We don't want to form a paste, just coarsely mix).
  3. Once the peanuts are nicely coated, keep this batter seperately.

Air Fryer Peanuts Masala:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer at 180c for 3 minutes.
  2. Add 2-3 ladle batter mixed peanuts in the air fryer basket and spray some cooking oil.
  3. Air fry for 3 minutes and then remove the basket.
  4. Stir the peanuts using a wooden spoon and air fry for another 2 minutes.
  5. After 2 minutes, the peanuts masala is ready.
  6. Remove the air fryer basket and let the peanuts cool (they will crisp up once cool).
  7. Serve fresh or use serving suggestions below.

Baked Peanuts Masala:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180c for 3 minutes.
  2. Lightly spray oil on a baking tray or place parchment paper or foil.
  3. Place 2-3 ladle peanuts and spread using a fork.
  4. Lightly spray more oil on the peanuts and bake for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the tray, turn the peanuts and bake for another 2 minutes.
  6. Once baked, remove the tray and cool the peanuts to touch.
  7. Serve fresh or as below.

Fried Peanuts Masala:

  1. 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.
  2. Drop a handful of the peanut mix and stir lightly once so that the peanuts separate from each other and begin to cook.
  3. Keep frying the peanuts at low heat till they become slightly golden brown (Takes 2 mins/batch).
  4. Transfer the fried peanuts onto a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  5. Cool completely and serve.

Serving Suggestion:

  1. You can serve them as it is or with chopped onions, chilies and lemon juice.
  2. Store the rest of the peanuts in airtight containers.
  3. This can be served Hot OR Cold as per choice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 83gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 69gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 24g

45 Replies to "Air Fryer Masala Peanuts - Spicy Peanuts (Fried+Baked Version too)"

  • Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:56 am)

    Thanks Paige, they are perfectly addicting.

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:56 am)

      Hehehehe, I’m glad you liked the recipe…its easy peasy n addicting 😉

  • Sina @ Vegan Heaven October 12, 2015 (6:15 am)

    These look so delicious. What a great snack!! 🙂

  • 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. 🙂

  • Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen October 10, 2015 (9:35 pm)

    These look like such a fun and addicting snack 🙂

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:05 am)

      Lol, I’m glad you liked them this much 😉

  • Sophia @veggies don't bite October 10, 2015 (4:17 am)

    What a fun and easy snack!!

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:06 am)

      Thanks Manju, give it a try, they are easier than they look.

  • Linda @ Veganosity October 9, 2015 (8:03 pm)

    What a delicious and savory snack. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (5:04 pm)

      I hope you get to try them soon, this is one spicy addicting one 😉

  • Vanessa @ October 9, 2015 (10:56 am)

    Hi Molly, these peanuts looks so delicious! Definitely a recipe I want to try 🙂

    • Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (5:05 pm)

      Thanks Vanessa, they are so easy to make, you should try them soon – 🙂

  • Cristie October 9, 2015 (5:31 am)

    These look really good. I’m making these asap!

    • Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:08 am)

      Thanks Cristie, that would be wonderful.

  • Christine October 9, 2015 (5:11 am)

    Great snack. Is dry mango powder easy to find?

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • Brianne October 9, 2015 (5:02 am)

    Yum! These look delicious!

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 9, 2015 (4:59 pm)

      Hahahha, that’s exactly what happened after I was done taking pictures 😉 Thanks for visiting Kelly !

  • The Food Hunter October 8, 2015 (2:00 pm)

    I love snacks like this

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 8, 2015 (7:12 pm)

      So agree with you…chill the beer and I’ll grab these 😉 Thanks Mel

  • Salma October 8, 2015 (3:42 am)

    These look delicious!

  • 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.

    • 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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