Easy, Homemade, Air Fryer Masala Nuts
These air fryer masala nuts, are the easiest and most delicious happy hour accompaniment I can think of. They’re totally addictive. Best of all, you can use the same technique to make an infinite variety of flavours!
As I’ve said before, I love gadgets. However, I am also conservative about giving up valuable space on my kitchen counters. So, as curious as I am about trying new things, I am very selective when it comes to buying new appliances.
Thus, I thought long and hard before purchasing an air fryer. I’ve had an air fryer for under a week and, frankly, it’s among the rare appliances I wish I had purchased much earlier.
Honestly, I dreamed of owning an air fryer for preparing fried foods — like samosas, spring rolls, and fritters. However, I’ve found this fryer to be useful for much more than that!
First of all, the air fryer heats in a fraction of the time it takes to heat an oven — just 3-4 minutes! Secondly, it can make hot dogs, schnitzels, turnovers, and kale chips in just 5-6 minutes. I am amazed at what a useful gadget an air fryer is. It’s ideal for every day cooking and eating.
These masala nuts are a perfect example. In India, masala nuts were amongst my pantry staples. Procured from a neighbourhood sweet shop, they were among the treats I kept in the pantry, just in case unexpected visitors popped in for tea.
However, after moving back to the US, I never had the time — or the desire — to deep fry nuts. Moreover, nobody had time to stop for tea.
My beloved masala nuts began to seem unhealthy, inconvenient, and unnecessary. So, although I missed them, I gave up my masala nut habit — until now.
About the Recipe
The air fryer makes it possible to achieve gorgeous, golden brown nuts in under 15 minutes, with a fraction of the oil required for deep frying. Thus, these masala nuts are less oily and lots healthier than the ones I used to eat.
In India, every sweet and namkeen shop has its own unique seasoning mix. The bigger outlets have multiple seasonings to cater for a variety of tastes — sweet, spicy, sour, or a mixture of all three.
Hence, I encourage you to use this recipe as a template to innovate your own special seasoning mixes. The sky is the limit!
In addition to the spice mix in the recipe, you could try your favourite curry powder and a bit of salt. I’m also a fan of chipotle chile powder, nutritional yeast, and spirulina powder on fried nuts. I encourage you to experiment with the flavours your family loves, look forward to hearing all about your delicious innovations!
Most of all, I hope your family enjoys these delicious, lightened up masala nuts as much as mine does. Bon appétit!