Quick peanut chaat is a spicy Indian peanut recipe that gets ready in just 5 minutes. It's a perfect effortless recipe to satisfy your hunger pangs in a healthy way. It's vegan and gluten-free.
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Spicy Indian roasted peanut chaat- my go-to snack to satisfy sudden hunger pangs. Even during school and college days this masala peanut chaat, instant noodles, and chai (Indian tea) helped me in remaining awake during late-night study sessions.
It needs only a handful of basic ingredients, gets ready in just 5 minutes, and always tastes delicious!
What goes in peanut chaat?
To make roasted peanut chaat, only a handful of ingredients are needed:
- Roasted peanuts: Salted or unsalted both are fine.
- Onion: Preferably red onion
- Tomato: Pick a less juicy, firm variety of red tomato.
- Green chili peppers
- Fresh cilantro: Mint leaves can be added too.
- Fresh lime juice
- Chaat masala: It's an Indian blend of spices which is used in a lot of Indian street food recipes especially chaat. It's also sprinkled over salads and fruits to enhance the flavor.
- Roasted cumin powder: To make roasted cumin powder at home just dry roast cumin seeds in a pan on low flame until they become fragrant. Allow them to reach room temperature and then grind in a grinder to make a fine powder.
- Red chili powder: You can choose the type of red chili powder depending upon your heat tolerance. For hotter version use cayenne pepper or Indian spicy red chili powder. For moderate heat but bright color use Kashmiri red chili powder.
- Ground black pepper
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How to make?
Making quick peanut chaat takes just 5 minutes. All you need to do is finely chop onion, tomato, green chili peppers, and cilantro. If you wish, remove the tomato seeds.
Put the roasted peanuts, all the chopped vegetables, cilantro, and seasoning in a large bowl. Squeeze fresh lime juice. Mix everything.
Check and adjust the seasoning.
Can it be made in advance?
No, if left with vegetables and lime juice for long, the peanuts will turn soggy. You can chop everything in advance but mix only when you want to eat the peanut chaat.
Recipe tips and tricks
- Instead of roasted peanuts, boiled peanuts can also be used to make chaat.
- A similar chaat can also be made using skinned roasted kala chana (whole bengal gram).
- As chaat masala already has some salt to it, add more salt carefully.
- This is a quick peanut chaat recipe but if you have time, some chopped boiled potatoes, pomegranate arils, sev, and chutneys can also be added to it.
- If your heat tolerance is low, remove the seeds of green chilies.
Frequently asked questions
Chaat masala is an Indian spice blend. It mainly consists of dried mango (amchoor), cumin, coriander, dried ginger, black salt, black pepper, dried mint, and some other spices.
It's used in Indian chaat, and salads.
No, both these Indian spice blends are different. Chaat masala is mainly sprinkled on salads, fruits, appetizers, and chaat whereas, garam masala is used in curries, biryani, pulao, etc.
Yes, if you prefer use roasted peanuts with skin.
Yes, it can be made with boiled peanuts too but then the texture of chaat will change and it won't be crunchy. It will still taste good though.
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Quick peanut chaat
- Chopping board
- mixing bowl
- 1 cup roasted peanuts
- 1 small red onion finely chopped
- 1 small tomato finely chopped
- 1 green chili finely chopped
- A handful of fresh coriander leaves roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon lime juice adjust to taste
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder adjust to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Squeeze fresh lime juice.
- Toss everything. Check and adjust the seasoning.
- As there is already salt in chaat masala, add extra salt carefully.
- To reduce the heat of green chilies, remove the seeds.
- You can also make peanut chaat with boiled peanuts.
- If you want, you can remove the seeds of the tomato before adding it to the chaat.
- Don't make peanut chaat in advance otherwise, the peanuts will lose the crunch.
- More easy recipe tips and tricks are given in the post above, please follow them to make this recipe.