Masala peanuts are a mainstay of barflys in India – it is maybe the only thing worth ordering in some seedy drinking establishments. But really, with this and a Haywards 5000, maybe a few papadums, why would you bother with anything else. In my mind this in the ultimate accompaniment to cold beer on a hot day. Done well this salty fresh and spicy combo will keep your vitamins and thirst going for all five days of a test match.
1 cup raw peanuts
Small bunch fresh coriander
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Half a red onion
2 chillis – a red and green one for colour (make them hot)
Chaat masala (or garam masala and and pepper) to taste
Heat the peanuts in a pan till they start to smoke. Remove from the heat and leave to crisp up – about ten minutes. In the meantime, finely dice the onion, tomato, chilli and coriander. Mix into the peanuts and add salt and and chaat masala to taste.