Spicy Peanut Chutney

I had bought a huge bag of unshelled peanuts sometime back with the idea of making a salad by steaming them. I was just too lazy to shell them post work. On the evening train, my friend Sai and I got talking about the spicy  Andhra peanut chutney and I was tempted to try it out with the cold weather looming outside. Of course, I added my own little touch to it.

Shelled peanuts 1 cup
Chopped red onions 1/2 cup
Grated coconut 1/4 cup
Red chillies 2 pcs
Green chillies 2 pcs
Tamarind paste 2 tsps
Jaggery 1 tsp
Freshly chopped ginger 2 tsps
Crushed garlic pod 1
Cooking oil 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 2 tsps
Curry leaves 4-5 pcs
Urad dal 1 tsp
Channa dal 1 tsp

1. In a pan, heat a little oil and roast the peanuts, red onions, ginger, garlic, coconut and chillies. Saute the ingredients on low fire.
2. Cool the roasted mixture and add it to a blender.
3. Add the tamarind, jaggery and salt to this mixture.
4. Add a little water and blend it to a smooth paste.

The chutney tasted great as it was and I did not feel the need for a garnish since the chutney already had oil. However, it certainly enhances the taste.

For the garnish
1. Heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad and channa dal and pour over the chutney.


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