Starting the year with a healthy snack recipe. One of my favorite snacks, this time I wanted to make it at home and bake them instead of the usual deep frying method. This method hardly takes any time at all. I assembled everything in 5 minutes when I was preparing lunch and by the time lunch was ready, the peanuts were also done. Try this method and let me know your thoughts. There was no compromise in the taste and we can save all the unwanted fats and calories by baking them instead.
1. Raw peanuts, 2 cups. I have used the ones with skin on.
2. Gram flour (besan), 4 tablespoon.
3. Oil, 1 tablespoon.
4. Chili powder, 1 teaspoon or more depending upon preferred spice level.
5. Hing, 1/4 teaspoon.
6. Curry leaves, a few.
7. Salt, as per taste.
9. Garlic powder or ginger-garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon (optional).
Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl along with a little water to that all the flour and spices stick and coat the peanuts. The mixture should be a little thick and not too runny. Spread them out on a greased baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, mixing them around every 15 minutes to aid in even baking. At the end of 25 minutes keep and eye on them, sometimes the peanuts get baked pretty quickly and will get burnt. Remove them from the oven earlier if you feel that the peanuts have baked adequately.