I know the name seems long…. “Boiled peanuts masala chaat”; but, unlike the name, the recipe is super short, I promise! An after schools snack or a side to go with tea or munchies with your beer, this ultimate street food aka boiled peanuts masala chaat is a combo of 3 delicacies – boiled peanuts (need I say more?), peanuts masala (peanuts with a sprinkling of Indian spices) and a chaat (tangy, spicy street food of India).
Imagine a hypnosis wheel going around if you will (pretty please, am trying to create an effect here). Now like those old movies, you are magically going to be viewing a flashback of my life 😀
Peanuts and me, go a long way. Blue colored push-carts along the streets of old Bangalore, with heaps of peanuts on them were a common sight to be found on chilly evenings. They had some kind of hand-pumped stoves and a large aluminum vessel on them. In that vessel was a treasure, a treasure of piping hot peanuts (albeit, cooked in some very questionable water 😛 ). And then there were paper cones of three sizes. Yes, very much like the modern day Starbucks coffee cups of three sizes that are on display tempting a person to choose the bigger one.
One approached the cart and chose a size you wanted. The vendor opened the lid covering the aluminum vessel and aroma of soft earthy peanuts mixed in with the chill of the evening was intoxicating. As the vendor began to fill the paper cone, my mom used to bargain for a few more and my tiny hands would fight hard to hold the overflowing cone tight without spilling any of the delicious peanuts to the ground while my mom rummaged through her handbag for some lose change to pay the vendor.
Ah! Those were the days when joy meant peanuts, literally! Then, there were days when my dad used to buy a whole bag of peanuts from a farmer which meant a whole week of peanut snacks for my brother and myself (we could’nt be happier about it!). One of those fabulous snacks my mom used to make for us was boiled peanuts masala chaat (which eventually became munchies with beer :P). –Hypnosis wheel stops turning 😀
Simple flavors, earthy aromas, this recipe for boiled peanuts masala chaat shall blow your mind to million little pieces and keep you wanting more. Save this recipe because once you have had it, you will find yourself wanting to make it every time you get hold of a bag of peanuts! Here is the recipe for:
Boiled peanuts masala chaat