Air Fryer Masala Water Chestnuts

Air Fryer Masala Water Chestnuts

This recipe was inspired by a very recent trip to New York City. When I smelled the aroma of the roasted water chestnuts hanging in the air, it reminded me that I have always associated this smell with New York city in the winter time.

We were in New York City on Christmas day and the city was just magical with the Christmas lights at night! Weather was unseasonably warm at 44 degrees Fahrenheit so it was no surprise that Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue were packed to the brim!

I especially loved seeing the creative displays in store windows and the lights.

Visiting the Oculus was an unbelievably moving experience for me as an American and an architect. I have no words to describe my feelings ! Allow me to share a few pics with you-

You did not think I would forget the food , did you? Luckily for me I have a hubby who loves to try a variety of foods just like I do and over the years we have some of our favorite places that we ‘have to’ go to 🙂 In my haste of gobbling up, I forgot to take pics at the famous deli, in the Chinatown bakery with pastries galore and the quaint 1910 cafe in Little Italy where I dug into a Tiramisu.

I did manage to get a pic of the freshly baked flat bagels…wish I could get them in the Boston area…tthe Bento box and the fries and of course the spinach and artichoke pizza in Little Italy…it was like having the best pizza crust with our favorite spinach artichoke dip.

Strolling through the city at night with the aroma of the roasted water chestnuts, I started to wonder if I could make Masala Water Chestnuts in my air fryer. So I did try them today and was very happy with the results.

Here is what I did-

Air Fryer Masala Water Chestnuts

  • Servings: 12 water chestnuts
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 12 water chestnuts washed and dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild red chili powder or paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon amchur powder ( dry mango powder)
  • Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

To make the Air Fryer Masala Water Chestnuts-

  1. Cut X marks on the flat surface of the water chestnuts with a sharp knife. (see photo)
  2. In a bowl combine the chili powder, chaat masala, amchur powder, salt and coconut oil. Add the water chestnuts and toss to coat.
  3. Spread them in the air fryer. I used Tatung’s air fryer and set the timer for 25 minutes. (See photo)
  4. Remove from the airfryer and peel the toughs shell.The X mark makes to eat.
  5. The Masala Water Chestnuts make an easy party appetizer!

Enjoy! Have a fabulous weekend. Can you believe this is the last weekend in 2018? I am so grateful to each and every one of you for being my friend and look forward to our continued friendship in 2019! Waiting for the ball drop!

Photo by Indfused




15 thoughts on “Air Fryer Masala Water Chestnuts

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  1. Wonderful snack, perfect for these holidays. Thanks for sharing beautiful photos showcasing the festive mood in New York.
    Happy New Year to you & your family!

    1. Are these fresh chestnuts or water chestnuts? Also I font have an air fryer. Any suggestions for cooking them?

  2. Are these fresh chestnuts or water chestnuts? Also I don’t have an air fryer. Any suggestions on how else to cook them?

  3. Beautiful pics and beautiful youuu❣️ it’s an excellent snack recipe 👍
    Happy new year to you and your family Sandhya ❣️

  4. Loving your travel posts and wow, had I known you were in NYC, I’d have made an added attempt to visit. I was planning a trip to see all the window displays and lights a week before, but then time got the better of me and I gave it a miss. That is the most wonderful time of the year to visit NYC. I’m sure you and hubby had a great time, lucky for you the weather was milder too. Love the masala chestnuts, I know it would have been amazing munching on them and taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the city that never sleeps. Great shot of you 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Loretta. Our trip was quite unplanned but delightful. The window displays and lights were amazing. Christmas day morning and afternoon the streets were pretty empty but I guess everyone came out at night 🙂
      Loved Hi Line park and have decided to go walk there in the spring/summer. We should coordinate then. I would love to see you.

  5. I love this recipe! I would never have thought to try this. Do you think it would work with other nuts or chick peas?

    1. Thanks so much for your visit and comment, Lynsey. I have tried almonds and they came out yummy and with the perfect crunch. I have been wanting to try the chickpeas too but have not had a chance to try yet 🙂

      1. Fantastic, that’s great to hear. I’ll have to give them a try. Thank you

  6. You might consider correcting the title of the recipe. Those aren’t water chestnuts. They’re just (tree) chestnuts.

    1. Thanks. I know what you mean but they are commonly available as water chestnuts in the grocery stores.

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