Microwave Khari Sing Mungphali- Salty peanuts from Bombay

  • Prep Time : 2m
  • Cook Time : 11m
  • Ready In : 25m

Bombay has it own lingo. Sing is the local so-to-say Hindi- word for peanuts, but none of the Hindi speaking people will understand the word means, because in Hindi it is called Mungphali. But Bombay is unique, a melting pot of cultures and languages and has over the years, developed its own Hindi-ish language, jokingly called Bambaiya. So in Bambaiya, peanuts is referred to as Sing.

If you walk down the streets or beaches of Mumbai, you hear the call ‘Chana- Sing’ followed by  the unmistakable aroma of roasted peanuts.

Many vendors sell peanuts on street-corners in a largish woven basket and have newspapers neatly rolled into cones in one corner, while the peanuts will be roasting with some sea salt in a large wok on a little earthen stove top with coals in it. Fond childhood memories of going for long walks with my father with cones of warm peanuts come flooding to me when I see peanuts. It is amazing how smells and food can make memories come flooding back.

It makes me really emotional… all over some roasted peanuts!

Today I bring to you a recipe from my sister’s kitchen that gives you the same salty taste, but is achieved quite effortlessly in a microwave.


Raw peanuts- 1 1/4 cups

Salt- 1 1/2 tsp

Water- about 1 1/2- 2 cups


Soak the peanuts in water, enough to soak the peanuts. Add in the salt.

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Soak this for about 15 minutes, til the peanuts absorb the salty taste.

Then drain the water and  microwave for about 6 minutes. Do not cover.

Pour the peanuts out onto a  flat plate.

The peanuts will be slightly crunchy.

Now spread them out  and put  into the microwave for another 5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes to ensure that they get evenly crunchy.

Now depending n your microwave, this process will take 5 minutes or less. So do stop if there is any burning smell.

These are delicious by themselves,  in a salad or with some drinks.



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