Palli (Peanuts) Chutney

Prep + Cook time: 25 to 30 mins


– Palli/Peanuts – 1n1/2 cups

– Onion – 1 small – finely chopped

– Dry red chillies – 3 or 4

– Tamarind juice – 3 tsps

– Salt – 1n1/2 tsp or as per taste

– Coriander leaves – few

For the tempering,

– Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

– Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

– Dry Red Chillies – 2

– Urad Dal – 1 tsp

– Curry Leaves – a handful

1. In a wide pan, dry roast the peanuts until lightly brown. This gives a nice smokey flavor to the chutney. Keep an eye on the peanuts else they will get charred pretty soon. Then remove them onto a plate and let them cool down a little. Now, peel off the skins (It should be easier after roasting them) and keep aside.

2. In the same pan, heat about 2 tsps of oil. Add chopped onions and dry red chillies. Saute until the onions are translucent.

3. In a blender, take the peanuts, onions and dry red chillies. Add tamarind juice, half-a-cup of water and blend into a smooth paste. Add salt and another half-cup of water and blend again. The paste shouldn’t be too watery nor too thick. Remove it into a bowl.

4. Now for the tempering, you can use the same pan. Add 2 tsps of oil and when hot enough add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dry red chillies, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute for a minute or two and then mix it into the peanut paste.

Enjoy this lip smacking chutney with idly, dosa or pesarattu.