Thursday, August 23, 2012

Masala Nelkadlo (Spicy Peanuts)

Masala Nelkadlo is a tasty deep fried snack. In Konkani, nelkadlo means peanut. This is very easy to make and requires only few ingredients. 
In India(in our village), this is one of the snack which is commonly sold in petty shops. Small packets of these addictive ones are available. In this way even the poor people can afford and enjoy it.

Try making this sometime and I am sure you all will love it (especially kids are going to love it).

  • Peanuts- 1 cup
  • Chickpea Flour/ Besan- 3/4 cup
  • Red Chilli powder- To taste
  • Asafoetida- 1/8 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- For deep frying
Note: You can add Kashmiri red chill powder to get the bright red color.
           You can also use Cashew nuts instead of Peanuts.


Mix all the ingredients mentioned above except oil. Then sprinkle little water at a time and mix it until everything comes together. Each peanut should be well coated with the besan mixture (the final mixture is very sticky).

Fry this mixture in hot oil on a medium flame. Since the mixture is sticky, try to separate the peanuts (as much as you can) as you add into the hot oil (fry it in batches for even frying).
Fry it until it turns crispy and golden brown.
Transfer it on a paper towel, to drain out the excess oil. Masala Nelkadlo is ready!!

Allow it to cool and then transfer it to an air tight container.