Bombay Peanuts Recipe

Peanuts are a lovely snack and the raw ingredient can be made into many wonderful dishes such as peanut butter, satay, and more. In the raw state, peanuts don’t taste very nice. The bite is slightly soft and it tastes similar to a piece of unripe fruit, however a great way to improve the taste and texture of your raw peanuts is by using this Indian inspired recipe that makes the peanuts more crunchy, spiced and seasoned.

If you have raw peanuts then you are ready to go and if you have monkey nuts (with the shell still intact) - you will need to remove the shell first. These peanuts taste similar to Bombay mix only better because they are made fresh and the process of toasting the nuts enhances the flavour. 

Ingredients

  • Raw peanuts (300g pack)
  • Ground Cumin (1/4 tsp)
  • Ground Coriander (1/4 tsp)
  • Dried chilli (Pinch)
  • Ground Cinnamon (Pinch)
  • Sea Salt (Pinch)

Method

  1. Start by heating a pan, and after a few minutes add in your raw peanuts.
  2. Once they start to brown you can add a dash of vinegar (this will make them slightly wet and sticky and will allow the spices to stick to the nuts)
  3. Add all the spices and toss for a few minutes adding more vinegar if the spices do not stick.
  4. Let them cool down in a bowl and when cooled, enjoy!

Bombay Peanuts Recipe Video

Frequently asked questions

Where did Bombay peanuts originate?

Bombay peanuts is an element that comes from the traditional Indian bombay mix which originated in the state of Gujarat, India. Bombay mix is popular around the world and is known as chevda in India and chanachur in Bangladesh.

Are Bombay peanuts vegan?

Whilst variations of Bombay mix exist, the traditional recipe is in fact suitable for vegetarians, vegans and is halal. 

Are Bombay peanuts healthy?

Again, variations do exist but our recipe is considered to be healthy as part of a balanced diet and can be enjoyed moderately as a snack. It will depend more specifically on the person as nuts can be high in fat and salt is considered to be bad for those who have high blood pressure. It also depends on your definition of healthy because a healthy diet is a balanced diet. Peanuts for example are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

That being said they are also high in fats and are often used for preparing oil so eating the right portion size would be the key here. With the addition of the spices like cumin, cinnamon and chilli you can expect to treat many ailments with their rich antioxidant levels, the ability to lower blood sugar, blood pressure relieve digestive issues and more. This makes them a great snack choice.

Where can I buy Bombay peanuts?

Bombay peanuts are not typically sold on there own so unless you fancy picking them out of your bombay mix you will need to make them yourself with this recipe. If you don’t feel up to making your own Bombay peanuts you can always buy a similar variety online. Other popular choices that can be purchased are Balti peanuts, tandoori peanuts, piri piri peanuts and Masala peanuts.

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