Masala Peanuts Recipe | Kadalai Pakoda

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This Masala Peanuts Recipe / Kadalai Pakoda is a very tasty and also crispy tea time snack. Not only during tea time, it can be munched happily all through the day. It can be made very easily at home, but I don’t know the reason why this peanut pakoda is so expensive in shops. If you are worrying about it is deep fried in oil, it can be roasted in microwave too and you can have it guilt free.

Kadalai Pakoda

Kadalai Pakoda

Masala Peanuts Recipe | Kadalai Pakoda

Recipe Cuisine:  Indian |  Recipe Category: Snack / Starter
Preparation Time : 30 Mins   |  Makes :  2 Cups

  • Peanuts – 2 Cups (roasted)
  • Besan Flour / Bengal Gram Flour – 1/2 Cup
  • Rice Flour – 2.5 to 3 tblsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Chilli Powder – 3 to 4 tsp
  • Food Colour – 1 pinch (optional)
  • Hing – 2 Generous pinch
  • Ghee – 2 tsp (optional)
  • Garlic – 8 to 10 pods
  • Fennel Seeds – 1.5 tsp
  • Salt – As Required
  • Curry Leaves – Few (For garnishing)
  • Oil – For deep frying

1. Keep all the ingredients ready. I used roasted peanuts. If you are using raw peanuts, dry roast in a pan, allow it to cool and then go ahead.
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2. In a mixing bowl, add peanuts, besan flour and rice flour.
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3. Then add turmeric powder, chilli powder, hing and food colour.
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4. In a mixer, grind garlic and fennel seeds. I grinded the garlic with skin, you can also crush both and use it. Then add it to the bowl.
Kadalai Pakoda Recipe Steps45. Now add salt, then just sprinkle water and start mixing. Don’t pour the water completely. Then add ghee.
Kadalai Pakoda Recipe Steps56. Mix the peanuts with other ingredients very gently and be sure it is not watery at any time. The peanuts should be coated well with the masala powders and should be semi dry only. Heat oil in a pan and drop the peanut mixture carefully. Don’t over crowd the oil and the whole batch should be deep fried in medium flame only. Once it is half fried, flip it to the other side and try to separate the peanuts with the slotted ladle. Fry until golden brown and drain it in a kitchen towel. Also fry few curry leaves at last and throw it over the peanuts for more flavour.(optional)
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The fried peanuts will not be crunchy as soon as it is taken out of the oil. Once it is cooled it becomes crispy.
Munch this kadalai pakoda with hot tea.


Masala Peanuts Recipe 1

Masala Peanuts Recipe


1. If you are using raw peanuts, dry roast in a pan, allow it to cool and then go ahead with the preparation.
2. I grinded the garlic with skin as it adds more flavour, but the skin can be removed as well.
3. Garlic and fennel seeds, can be just crushed and used instead of grinding.
4. Don’t skip rice flour as it adds crispiness to the Masala Peanuts recipe.
5. Water can be reduced and 1 ladle of hot oil can be added which also yields crispiness.
6. Addition of ghee lends a wonderful flavour to this snack.
7. Never pour water at any stage, just sprinkle only. But be sure the peanuts are well coated with the masala powder.
8. This whole peanut pakoda should be fried in medium flame only.
9. After deep frying the peanuts it will be little soggy, once its cools down it becomes crunchy.
10. 1 tsp of garam masala can be added for extra punch.
11. This kadalai pakoda stays good for 15 days and store it in an air time container.

For Microwave version
1. Grease a tray with oil. Place the peanuts and roast it in high power for 5 to 6 mins.
2. Then turn it to the other side, and again roast it for 2 to 3 mins.
3. Keep an eye in the middle that it is not burnt. Allow it to cool to become crispy.

Masala Peanuts Recipe

Masala Peanuts Recipe

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Comments (2)

  1. posted by Sharmila-The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner on March 7, 2017

    Kadalai Pakoda is my fav snack.. i just love to have it anytime of the day. You have made it perfectly Priya!!

  2. posted by shobha on March 10, 2017

    Lovely presentation & step by step recipe is helping me too much thanks for sharing.


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