Spicy Peanut Chaat- a childhood snack recreated! I remember having some version of this as a kid and remember loving it too. Of late, I have been looking for healthy ways of dealing with my post-lunch/ pre-dinner hunger pangs. So one evening, to stop myself from indulging in the not-so-good-for-me snacks I decided I am going to go nuts about peanuts! Bad one, yeah?
There are of course conflicting opinions on the health benefits of peanuts but I decided I am going to read and be convinced on the good ones. Did you know peanuts are actually a legume and belong to the same family as beans and peas? Did you also know that boiled peanuts are even more healthier than the raw ones? You’ll need to read the recipe to know what I did!
This recipe makes such a scrumptious, crispy & tangy snack that it’s hard not to like it..unless of course you are allergic to peanuts. Get me a bowl of this and a hot cuppa ginger tea and I am one happy girl! Sometimes, a not so fancy snack does the trick..doesn’t it? I also know we always need appetizers at Fiesta Friday– right?
Here is how I made this delicious, easy & quick Peanut Chaat:
- 1 cup raw shelled peanuts
- ½ of a medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 1 green chili, finely chopped
- a handful of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- a few mint leaves, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- a pinch of red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala, optional but preferred
- Juice from 1 lime
- Boil the peanuts in water (approx 2-3 cups) until they are soft yet crunchy (but not mushy). I used a pressure cooker to do this and gave it about 3 whistles.
- Once the peanuts are ready, drain the water and put the peanuts in a bowl.
- Add all the other ingredients in the bowl and toss it well.
- Garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves and you are ready to eat!