Baked Masala Peanuts coated in a crunchy, savory batter of gluten-free flour and spices makes for a wonderful tea time snack!
I’ve always been a bit of a peanut-fanatic – from snacks, to chutneys to toppings, peanuts are my favourite! And this Masala peanut – roasted peanuts deep-fried in a thick batter seasoned with spices – is one of my favourite ways to enjoy peanuts as a snack.
But Masala peanuts are more of an ‘indulgent’ snack not just because of the peanuts, but also because they’re usually deep-fried. This Baked version will taste the same, yet take away some of the guilt so that you can maybe enjoy an extra handful!
And making a quick batch is simpler than it looks like. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, adding water and oil a teaspoon at a time and stirring with a fork until the peanuts clump together with the flour and spices. You don’t want to add too much water, a little goes a long way!
Spread them apart on a baking tray lined with parchment paper/silpat/ foil. Try to break apart the clumps without separating the peanuts from the batter. Using a fork helps!
Bake them (with a quick spray of oil, if you want) until they’re crisp. Remember, they can burn easily, so be sure to toss them around and rotate the tray a couple of times during baking. And keep a watchful eye for the last couple of minutes. They’ll continue to cook as they cool, and if not, you can always put them back in for a couple more minutes.
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