Masala peanuts is an entry on every club menu I have ever seen. Chennai, Bombay, Pune, Delhi, Belgaum and Mahabaleshwar are some of the places which have at least one or two 'clubs' with links to a colonial beginning, in army cantonments and in civilian areas .
Most of these clubs are housed in buildings made over a hundred years ago, bungalows with wide verandahs and vast lawns, some beautifully renovated, some ramshackle and neglected. Standard fare on the menu of snacks are Finger Chips i.e. french fries, Chutney sandwich, Chicken sandwich, Vegetable cutlet and Masala peanuts.
Great to accompany a glass of beer as they are unstoppably eatable.
1 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts with or without skins.
1 tablespoon olive or any other vegetable oil
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 finely chopped onion
2 finely chopped green chillies
2 tbsp. fresh coriander
Juice of two lemons. 2 tbsp.
1 tsp. Salt and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil. When hot pop in the peanuts and fry well. Add onions and chillies and fry for a few minutes.Then add garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Stir in coriander, wait till peanuts become golden brown ( if skinned). Finally add lime juice, stir for a minute and remove from heat. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve in small bowls with a spoon.