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Masala peanuts (TaLile shenga)

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Deepavali and very happy new year.

And let’s get to the recipe now….

Its been a kind of tradition at my home that whenever any deep fried item like chakli or shankarpali is prepared, these are preceded by few taLile(deep fried) shenga(peanuts). I think this was mainly because people wanted to make use of the little oil remaining after all the deep frying. This recipe must be the most easiest and no-brainer one among all the hi-fi munchies that we prepare.

Even though these are very simple to make, they are one of the tastiest little treats. Eat one and you gobble up 2-3 handful without even realizing. I love them when they are made spicy. I love to eat them in between bites of sweets – yeah, I can’t eat any sweet all by itself. I need something spicy to “wash it down” ;).

2 cups peanuts
A pinch asafoetida
1-2 tbl spn gram flour(besan)
1 tea spn chili powder

Mix all ingredients, except oil. Sprinkle 1-2 tbl spn of water and make sure the paste sticks to the peanuts uniformly.

Deep fry them in hot oil. While adding in hot oil, lightly loosen them with your fingers to make sure they are separate and don’t form lumps. Do not keep mixing, otherwise the masala drops off in the oil. Take out on a paper towel.

Preparation time : 15mins

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  • Mitushi Banerjee November 7, 2007, 7:50 pm

    Can we use roasted peanuts for these or just the raw peanuts?

    Shilpa: Usually unroasted peanuts are used for this. But I think you can give a try. But do not use any salted ones.

  • Pinky November 7, 2007, 8:23 pm

    Hi Shilpa, Wish you a very happy Diwali

  • Manisha November 7, 2007, 8:47 pm

    Happy Diwali to you and V! And to your readers, too!

    I love those pantis (diyas)!

  • Chandrika S November 7, 2007, 9:12 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    Happy Diwali !!!

    May this year bring lots of joy and happiness to you and your family !!!

  • Ramya November 7, 2007, 9:18 pm

    Hey, Happy Deepavali to you too!!! saw masala peanuts on someone else’s blog too.. :) yours look fab!!!

  • Sig November 7, 2007, 10:16 pm

    Happy Deepavali to you and yours Shilpa! Those peanuts look seriously yummy!

  • Linda November 7, 2007, 11:02 pm

    They look scrumptious, Shilpa! Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

  • grihini November 7, 2007, 11:18 pm

    Happy Deepavali Shilpa. :)

  • Anita November 8, 2007, 12:30 am

    Happy Diwali to all here!

    AM planning to make these peanuts today – 15 more mins and I’ll have one more ‘item’ in my faral! Yeah!

  • Aruna November 8, 2007, 1:06 am

    Peanuts looks yummy!!! Happy Diwali to you, your hubby and your parents.

  • gowri November 8, 2007, 5:41 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Happy Deepavali to you too…
    all of your diwali goodies.. looks yummy and perfect.

  • Happy Cook November 8, 2007, 6:22 am

    Happy Diwali to you.
    I posted them few days back and they were delicious.
    Must try adding asafoetida as you did.
    Who can resiste these delicious nut.

  • Asha November 8, 2007, 7:46 am

    Everybody making Masala peanuts these days!:D
    I Microwave them!! Try it too. Looks great.
    Happy Deepavali, enjoy the day! Hugs to you:))

  • Varsha November 8, 2007, 10:42 am

    Ooohhh I LOVE these..yummy
    happy Diwali

  • sandeepa November 8, 2007, 11:43 am

    I have not had masala peanuts but ever since I saw them at Asha’s wanted to make them…should be done soon hopefully by the weekend :D

  • Zlamushka November 8, 2007, 1:10 pm

    Hey this loooks super scrumptious. Send it over to my Spoonful of Christmas. It is indeed a great idea to be given away as present.

  • seema November 8, 2007, 1:57 pm

    Shilpa, Happy Diwali to you and your family. Masala kadle( thats how we call it) is my hubbies fav. I make them too and they taste awesome. The picture makes my mouth water and is tempting me to make it right away.

  • anusriram November 8, 2007, 3:39 pm

    Wish u a very happy diwali! Enjoy!

  • Shafalika November 8, 2007, 3:49 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for sharing ur Diwali special snacks. Wish you a Happy Diwali.

  • swathi November 8, 2007, 5:24 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried your masala peanuts it came good

  • Cynthia November 8, 2007, 6:22 pm

    Happy Diwali!

  • bee November 8, 2007, 10:23 pm

    i’ve been making them in the microwave – oilfree and guiltfree, but i know this one tastes awesome. we add ajwain and it adds a lot of flavour.

  • kanchan November 8, 2007, 11:47 pm

    Dear Shilpa,
    Hi!wish you n your family happy diwali.

  • pelicano November 9, 2007, 1:06 am

    I made peanut bhajis very like these last year around this time, and yes indeed: they were all eaten in no time! My friends could not believe that I had not bought them from a store! You need to wash down your sweets with something spicy? Hahaha Why not make mirchi ladoos? :-D

    I am thinking about these peanuts now… :-)

    Shilpa: Hahahaha..thats a good idea ;). Have you tried it yet?

  • Purnima November 9, 2007, 11:13 am


  • mandira November 9, 2007, 11:29 am

    Shilpa- happy Diwali to you and your family. Have a great time!

  • Chetna November 9, 2007, 12:25 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    A Very Happy & Prosperous Diwali to you and your family…

    The Talile Shenga look yummy and remind me of my mom’s quick solution for hungry ones -“jhatpat shenga” …

    My hubby’s favorite too, though have never made them myself..always store bought.

    Will try it this evening when I get back home.


    Ajwain sounds wonderful addition..

    Can they really be microwaved ? Do they taste the same ?

    Has anyone tried baking in regular convc oven ? That would be a healthy option too !!

    Anyway, enjoy your Diwali !!!

  • vineela November 9, 2007, 1:52 pm

    Hi SHILPA,
    Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

  • VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking November 9, 2007, 4:18 pm

    Oh I have just found these and am going to make them. Can you tell me, though, now that Diwali is over, do we all go on a diet for the next month? I must have put on so much weight with the sweets, ghee and fried foods. Tofu for me for the next week.

  • Gayathri November 13, 2007, 12:45 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    I always make masala peanuts in the microwave. I first wet the raw peanuts then add the besan and masala ingredients and also 1-2 tsps oil to coat all the peanuts. Then arrange them in a plate in a single layer and microwave for 3 min. Then stir and microwave in intervals of 1 min till peanuts are done. They taste absolutely crispy and yummy.

    — Gayathri

  • Munni November 14, 2007, 6:15 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Its my first time around here. I tried your recipe, but sprinkled some rice flour to the mix,it made the peanuts extra crunchy !!! Thanks for the recipe & a very helpful website, the word “Aayi” brings back lots of memories.

  • ss November 19, 2007, 11:59 am

    Hi Shilpa ,

    Thanks for all your delicious recipe especially masala peanuts . I was waiting for it since long . I have posted your link in my blog under my favorite blogs I can remove it if u don’t approve . Please let me know.

    Shilpa: Thanks for adding me to your blogroll SS. Its my pleasure :).

  • Ramya January 16, 2008, 12:24 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    peanuts werent crispy.came out a bit soggy…what could be the reason

    Shilpa: You should have fried it for little longer.

  • Sowmya Venkatesh September 30, 2008, 2:58 pm

    Hi Shilpa…
    i just loved this… i loved it soo much that i tried it with cashews…. didnt add asafoetida… added a little more red chili powder….and it came out better than i expected….
    Thank you sooooooooooo much… :-D

  • Rashmi January 4, 2011, 11:26 pm

    I have been looking for this recipe for such a long time (about 15 yrs!!)!! I love them, I remember my Konkani friend used to get these just for me! Will definitely give it a try!

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