These make a nice snack and go very well with a cold beer or two. When I was in India a few years ago I really enjoyed all the flavoured nuts that were available. You can experiment with the flavours and how spicy you like them and the nuts that you use. For this recipe you need to use plain peanuts that have had their shells and skins removed.
So what do you need?
- 500 g plain peanuts.
- 2 or 3 lrage cloves of galic
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp. curry powder
- 1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder
- a sprig of curry leaves (about 15 leaves)
- 4- 6 dried chilles (optional)
- 2 – 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
So what do you do?
Start by preheating your oven to 175 degrees C / 325 F. Spread the peanuts out on a large baking sheet and put them in the oven to start roasting while you prepare the other ingredients. Peel the garlic and pound it into a paste with a teaspoon of salt in a mortar. Heat the oil in a small frying pan and first quickly fry the chillies until crisp if using them and then put them to one side. Once they are cool break them open and discard the seeds, as these will make the nuts very spicy. Then add the curry leaves to the oil, be careful as they spit when they first go in the oil. Stir them until they become crisp and then remove them from the oil. Put the garlic in the oil with the curry powder and the chilli powder and cook gently for about half a minute to ‘temper’ the spices. The oil will become infused with the flavours of the spices, the garlic does not need to be completely cooked at this stage.
Next, take the nuts out of the oven and pour over the spiced oil, break most of the curry leaves into smaller pieces and add them to the nuts reserving a few whole curry leaves to garnish the nuts with. If you want your nuts to be extra spicy add the chillies at this stage too, if you want them milder reserve the chilles to garnish the nuts after cooking. Put the nuts back in the oven and stir them every 10 mins. Cook for about 30 mins. until they are golden brown. Taste the nuts and if necessary add a little more salt. Allow to cool and then serve garnishing with any reserved curry leaves and chillies. Store in an airtight container once cool.