Peanut Chaat

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Peanut Chaat is an interesting, colorful and flavorful snack. It tastes tangy and looks very tempting. Peanut Chaat is an Indo-Pakistani snack which literally translates to “peanuts with salt”. The nutty flavor of roasted peanuts is mellowed with salt and is a great combination with tangy, spicy and sweet flavors.

Quick Peanut Chaat (Spicy Indian Peanuts)

This quick peanut chaat is one of those recipes (ready in just five minutes with only seven ingredients!), that is SO quick and easy that I wondered whether I should bother posting it or not.

Close up of peanuts, coriander, lemon slices and tomatoes with red chili peppers in the background

I took another spoonful of the tangy spicy fresh peanut salad full of Indian flavors and decided to post it anyway. All I can say is YUMMY.

Why you’ll love this dish:

  • It’s vegan!
  • It’s spicy (but you can dial the spice up or down).
  • It’s deliciously crunchy and tangy.
  • It literally takes minutes to make.
  • It’s the perfect snack any time and is also great for entertaining.

I absolutely adore just about every type of chaat ( an Indian savory snack or street-side-style vendor food), but I particularly love the ones that lean more towards salad-like and less towards fried, and this peanut chaat is one of my favorites.

It’s my (reasonably successful) attempt at recreating one of my favorite snack-style starters from a restaurant on New Bel road in Bangalore, India, where I used to live.

Ingredients and substitutions

With just seven easy-to-find ingredients, the ingredients that are used are kind of essential. Any substitutions which can be made are noted beside the ingredient below:

  • Onion (preferably red onion)
  • Tomatoes
  • Red chili pepper (green can be substituted)
  • Cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • Ready salted peanuts (you can substitute with dry roasted peanuts or boiled peanuts)
  • Lemon juice
  • Chaat masala (ESSENTIAL! You can buy in any Indian or specialty grocers or order online)
Two bowls of peanuts tomatoes and onions on a grey background

I used packaged-salted peanuts in this recipe (the fried kind), which is not exactly authentic but is the way I first tried them (albeit with skins on).

Feel free to push for authenticity – and a lighter dish – by swapping the salted peanuts for boiled peanuts (but do then add salt to taste – I recommend black salt if possible) or dry-roasted peanuts.

How to make it

two grey plates with peanut salad and red chili peppers in the background

Again, embarrassingly easy to make (I feel like I should just give you the list of the ingredients and let you guess how to make it).

Chop half a small red onion finely (white will also do, I just use red out of habit as when living in India red onions were more commonly used). Chop up the chili pepper, and coriander finely.

Seed and chop the tomatoes into pieces as small as you can. It’s important to not add the juicy seed part as it will make the nuts watery. I just slice off the sides and the bottoms of the tomatoes and use them.

two tomatoes, a red chili pepper, a lemon, a red onion, fresh coriander and peanuts

Make sure your tomatoes are ripe but firm as you’ll really notice their flavor in this dish. If you can’t get a hold of decent tomatoes or they are out of season, you can try 12 cherry tomatoes.

Do be careful with the amount of chili pepper you use – chili peppers vary greatly in heat even among a handful from the same plant, so add less at first, and then more later if needed.

Juice the lemon and add 1.5 tbsp to the chopped vegetables and peanuts. I usually just make this with ready salted peanuts but dry roasted and regular boiled peanuts will do as well.

A glass bowl with peanuts, cilantro, red onion and tomatoes

Just make sure they don’t have the skins on or the skins will get unpleasantly damp from the lemon juice. You can easily rub the skins off roasted peanuts by rolling them between your hands.

Sprinkle the chaat masala on top, mix, and taste to check if you need more chili.

Chaat masala is absolutely essential to this dish, is cheap, can be found in any Indian food store, and lasts forever.

A glass bowl with a mixture of peanuts, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and red onion

You can also use it to make these ridiculously easy 5-minute masala sandwiches and this super tasty corn chaat.

This chaat is best served immediately while all the flavors and vegetables taste fresh. However, I have happily eaten a bowl of this the day after making it (I stored it in the fridge).

Just be aware that the longer it sits, the more liquid will be drawn out of the vegetables, so you may have to drain it off and add a little more chaat masala.

two grey dishes of peanut salad on a grey background

Serve in small individual ramekins, or in a bowl in the middle to share. A perfect snack (with a cup of hot chai of course!) or light appetizer.

peanut chaat recipe | boiled peanut chaat salad | groundnut chat

easy peanut chaat recipe | boiled peanut chaat salad | groundnut chat

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins

Coursechaat, Salad

Cuisineindian street food

Servings2 Servings


INGREDIENTS 

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for pressure cooking:

  • ▢1 cup peanut
  • ▢½ tsp turmeric
  • ▢1 tsp salt
  • ▢2 cup water

other ingredients:

  • ▢¼ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ▢½ tsp chaat masala
  • ▢1 tsp green chutney
  • ▢½ onion (finely chopped)
  • ▢2 tbsp tomato (finely chopped)
  • ▢2 tbsp sweet corn (boiled)
  • ▢1 tsp raw mango (grated)
  • ▢2 tbsp pomegranate
  • ▢½ potato / aloo (boiled & cubed)
  • ▢2 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)
  • ▢1 tsp lemon juice
  • ▢¼ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • take the boiled peanuts into large bowl.
  • add ¼ tsp chilli powder, ½ tsp chaat masala and 1 tsp green chutney.
  • mix well making sure the spices are well combined.
  • further add ½ onion, 2 tbsp tomato, 2 tbsp sweet corn, 1 tsp raw mango, 2 tbsp pomegranate, ½ potato.also add 2 tbsp coriander, 1 tsp lemon juice and ¼ tsp salt.
  • mix well making sure everything is well combined.
  • finally, enjoy peanut chaat as an evening snack.

Boiled Peanut Salad | Peanut Chaat

This Peanut vegetable salad is a healthy and nutritious Indian-style salad recipe made with boiled peanuts (groundnuts), raw vegetables, lemon, and spices. You can serve Boiled Peanut Chaat salad with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Vegan, Low Carb, and Keto Friendly.

Boiled peanut salad/chaat served on a plate with cilantro and lemon on the side
Boiled Peanut Salad

It’s effortless to make this Indian peanut salad recipe. If making in advance, prep all the ingredients and store them in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, add all the spices and salt and toss them together in a bowl.

This healthy peanut salad is prepared with boiled peanuts, low-carb vegetables, and spices. Peanuts are an excellent choice for keto dieters. So this salad is great for people on a weight loss journey or diet and who are craving some chaats.

Groundnuts are rich in vitamins, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. They are rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, and selenium.

Boiled Peanut Salad Ingredients

  • Raw peanuts – I have used raw peanuts without shells. These are easily available in most grocery stores.
  • Cucumber: I used Persian cucumber, and English cucumbers work too.
  • Tomato: I used the Roma variety, but cherry tomatoes work too.
  • Green chili – I used Thai green chili available in the Indian grocery store. You can use any chili of your choice.
  • Herbs: I used finely chopped mint and coriander leaves. If you are making chaat style, then replace fresh herbs with green chutney.
  • Spices: I have used red chili powder and chaat masala. Chaat Masala ( I like the Everest brand) is easily available in the Indian grocery or on Amazon.
  • Lime Juice: I used the juice of half lime. Also, feel free to increase or decrease according to your preference.
Boiled Peanut Salad Ingredients

How to Make Boiled Peanut Salad

Firstly, we need to boil the raw peanuts. You can cook raw peanuts either by using an Instant pot, Indian stovetop pressure cooker, or directly cooking them on the stovetop pot.

If using Instant Pot –  Add the peanuts into the instant pot insert with enough water and salt. Then cook for 12-15 minutes on Pressure Cook (High). Let the pressure release naturally. Boiled Peanuts should be tender but not mushy.

step to boil raw peanuts in instant pot collage

If using an Indian pressure cooker – Pressure cook for at least 3-4 whistles on medium flame.

If cooking on the stovetop pot – add enough water along with the peanuts. Cook them for 30 minutes or until done.

Meanwhile, chop all your veggies, removing any seeds/skin/stems needed.

In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients. Toss well until all the ingredients are mixed and well seasoned.

step to mix all ingredients in a large bowl collage

This healthy peanut salad is best enjoyed if you set it aside for 15 minutes, so they incorporate the flavors well before serving. You may also refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Boiled peanut salad/chaat served on a plate with cilantro and lemon on the side

How to Serve Boiled Peanut Salad

Serve this Peanut chaat as an evening snack with a cup of tea or coffee. You can also enjoy them as a salad and make them part of your meal.

Tips & Variations

  1. You can also add vegetables of your choice like bell pepper, carrots, raw mango, and pomegranate to make this salad more nutritious.
  2. You can also make Indian chaat style by adding green chutney and tamarind chutney for this Peanut Chaat recipe.
  3. Make sure to add salt while cooking peanuts else, they will taste bland.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I store Peanut Salad?

The Boiled peanut salad recipe can be refrigerated in an airtight glass container for up to 2 days.

Can I use roasted peanuts for boiled peanuts?

Yes, you can, In this case, reduce the number of roasted peanuts.

Is boiled peanut good for weight loss?

Yes, They are full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, which can help weight management by keeping your stomach full for longer.

QUICK PEANUT CHAAT

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.

Peanut chaat served in a black bowl more chaat in the background on a plate with lime wedge and herbs
Spicy Indian peanuts

RECIPE VIDEOS

Quick peanut chaat

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.

WHAT GOES IN PEANUT CHAAT?

Ingredients required for making Indian peanut chaat
Ingredients required for making Indian 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.
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt

STEP BY STEP PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS

Steps to make roasted peanut chaat
Steps to make roasted peanut chaat
Indian masala peanuts served on a black plate with another bowl of chaat, half a lime and cilantro in the background
Quick peanut chaat

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.

Enjoy!

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

What is chaat masala?

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.

Is chaat masala the same as garam masala?

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.

Can peanuts with skin be used to make chaat?

Yes, if you prefer use roasted peanuts with skin.

Can peanut chaat also be made with boiled peanuts?

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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