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Barbecue Peanut Masala | Easy, Vegan, Gluten-Free

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The classic pub favorite, Peanut Masala, gets a tasty makeover with the addition of barbecue sauce. Crunchy peanuts are combined with a classic chaat recipe to make this Barbecue Peanut Masala.

Peanut Masala

This Barbecue Peanut Masala is my play on a standard pub snack that has its roots in British Indian times. If you visit any classic or old fashioned pub or bar in India, chances are that you will find peanut masala listed on the menu. A great snack to munch on while you enjoy a chilled beverage with friends. This recipe of Barbecue Peanut Masala is vegan and gluten free and brings classic American flavor of sweet, spicy and slightly smoky barbecue sauce to traditional Indian spice and aromatic notes of onions, tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice flavored crunchy peanuts.

Barbecue-Peanut-Masala Vegan Glutenfree

This recipe takes me back to days when me and Dr. A were still dating. We used to hit a restaurant called Colonel’s Cabin that was a small, cozy pub right on a super busy street in town. They had a shandy on their drinks menu which was considered a “ladies drink”. I would sometimes get that to sip on while Dr. A would enjoy his beer. And every time, without fail, we ordered a peanut masala to go with our drinks…ahh those were the days!!

Stella Artois

Can we talk about a certain, crisp, chilled, super refreshing beverage to combine this barbecue peanut masala with? Enter Stella Artois® Solstice Lager! A seasonal beer that is perfect for bright and sunny summer evenings. A golden lager with mild citrusy notes that is super refreshing. Since this summer lager is triple filtered, you get that crisp finish and smooth dry taste, that you crave on a hot summer day. A big bite of barbecue peanut masala, a sip of Stella Artois® Solstice Lager and great company. That is a textbook definition of a perfect summer evening.


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Recipe Run Down

This is the simplest snack recipe that you can serve with a chilled beer and wait for the compliments to flow. In a deep mixing bowl, toss the Salted roasted peanuts with a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce of your choice. I used Kroger brand peanuts and their Simple Truth Barbecue sauce which comes from their line of organic products. Add chopped scallions, tomatoes, green chili, cilantro and lime juice. My suggestion would be to use a kind of tomato that does not have a lot of juice, for e.g. Romas.


Choose a green chili according to the spice level you like. Jalapenos are the mild ones. You can also choose to use serranos or thai chili peppers. Season with a little bit more salt and roasted cumin powder (read about it here). Give a taste check and make sure you have something to hold on to. You know, just in case you go weak in the knees…:P As you can see, Dr. A loved this new version of Peanut Masala.


Here’s your handy dandy printable:

Barbecue Peanut Masala

The classic pub favorite, Peanut Masala, gets a tasty makeover with addition of barbecue sauce. Crunchy peanuts are combined with classic chaat ingredient to make this Barbecue Peanut Masala
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy, Easy Recipe, gluten free, Peanut, Snack, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Vaishali


  • 1 lb Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 3 tablespoon Barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup chopped scallions green and white parts
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes roma tomatoes recommended
  • 1 jalapenos deseeded and minced
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 8-10 sprigs of cilantro leaves stripped and chopped
  • Salt to taste if needed
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder


  1. Add all the ingredients to a deep mixing bowl.
  2. Give it a big mix, check for salt and serve immediately. Garnish with more chopped cilantro, if desired.

If you make this barbecue peanut masala, please leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and Facebook! I love to look through your creations!!

Love – Vaishali

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  1. Maritime Meg

    September 14, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Wow! This looks so delicious (And healthy!) thank you for sharing!

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