My family loves to munch on a spicy snack while watching TV. A favorite is the spicy snack mixes you get at Indian stores. Unfortunately, those snack bags cost a lot and are full of fried ingredients. This is a great cost effective (price per ounce) way of recreating that fun and spicy snack mix without all the fat and calories.
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
1/4 cup of curry leaves (torn apart)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 salt tsp (or to taste)
pinch Asafoetida (this is an Indian ingredient used a lot in cooking) You can omit if necessary.
3/4 tsp mango powder (substitute well ground citric acid if mango powder is not available).
1/2 cup raw peanuts
** mix all the dry spices(highlighted above) in a bowl and have it waiting for the final step
2 green chilies minced (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Note: All the ingredients taste great right out of the pan except the peanuts. You have to let the peanuts reach room temperature to become crunchy again. Makes 4 1/2 cups or more... You can store in an air tight container or ziploc bag. Enjoy.