Quick Fix Snacks for Winter That Are Super Tasty Too

This is my part 2 for the quick fix snacks (If I can come up with a Part 3, surely will add more here). For now, it is peanuts and puffed rice.

Spicy Roasted Peanuts:
3 cups of peanuts
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (paprika) (or to taste)
1/2 tsp dhaniya powder (coriander powder) (or to taste)
1/4 tsp amchur powder (dried mango powder) (or to taste)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Heat a pan and add the peanuts to it. Dry roast the peanuts for about five minutes on medium low heat. 
When the raw flavor is gone and the peanuts are lightly roasted, sprinkle the oil and all the powders on the peanuts and continue roasting for about five more minutes till all the spices are nicely blended in. 

Spicy Puffed Rice:
2 cups of puffed rice
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal
few curry leaves
3 dried red chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsps oil
few peanuts or cashewnuts
salt to taste

Heat a pan. Add oil to it. When oil is heated, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies, hing, curry leaves and the nuts to it.
When the mustard seeds pop and the urad dal/nuts are lightly golden, add the turmeric powder and puffed rice along with salt. 
Mix well and roast for a few minutes till raw flavor is gone (about five minutes).

Tuesday Memes:

Top Ten
This week’s theme at The Broke and Bookish is the Top Ten Childhood Favorites.
  1. Little Women – have read this many first times over and will read this again hopefully with my daughter when she is a little older!
  2. What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge – This book was one of my first favorites! And I read it many times as a little girl. I admired Katy for her strength, cried for her when she did not, laughed when she had fun.
  3. The Three Fat Men – Yuri Olesha – Wow! This book, when I read as a kid, made me smile, cry, and angry based on what little Suok was doing. Now need to read it as an adult to see the deeper meaning in this book.
  4. Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl – I always wished I would have the resourceful courage of Anne Frank!
  5. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy – This was a book I shed a lot of tears over, left the pages moist and even now am sure that this book will evoke the same response in me.
  6. Black Beauty – How I cried for Beauty; I read and reread and cried all over again as a young girl and when Beauty finally finds love and her good human friend back at the end, I was so happy for
  7. All books by Enid Blyton  – I am cheating by including Enid Blyton here since I read so many books – so many varied series, including The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Malory Towers Series, Naughtiest Girl series, all the books she wrote with fairies and brownies and pixies….and more.
  8. Nancy Drew series
  9. Amar Chitra Katha – through ACK, we discovered India – her richness,culture, mythology, history, her people – the saints, the heroes, the heroines, the common people, the villains too, her divine patrons – the pantheon of gods and goddesses worshiped – and enjoyed learning too!
  10. Indrajal Comics – I loved reading these comic books – the world of Phantom (The Ghost who Walks), Mandrake the Magician, Flash Gordon and his space adventures, the heroic Bahadur and more.
Teaser Tuesday:
MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Anyone can play
along. Just do the following:
*Grab your current read.*Open to a
random page.
*Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
*Share the
title and author too, so other TT participants can add it to their TBR lists if
they like your teaser.

“My throat still burned, but I was filled with gratification that with all those brothers, I was the first to imbibe. I think. Later I found out that Mother’s health tonic, her Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound for Women, was nearly 20 percent alcohol.”
– From ‘The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate’ by Jacqueline Kelly

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