Who doesn’t love peanuts? I like the taste of this nut and adding it to dishes always gives it a distinct taste. I learned this chutney from an Telugu friend of mine and she shared how they made this recipe at her home. I now make this whenever I make idli or dosa at home…Thanks girl!
1 cup – peanuts
5 dried red chillies
1 small onion and 1 garlic clove – sliced to big chunks
2 teaspoons – tamarind pulp or to taste
½ tsp salt or to taste
For tadka – 1 tsp each – cumin, mustard seeds, urad dal and six curry leaves
First step is roasting the peanuts. Place an skillet on stove top and on medium heat, slowly roast the peanuts to golden brown color. Cool and rub the skins off. Heat a tablespoon of oil to smoking point in an skillet. Add and brown dried red chillies, onion and garlic.
Wait few minutes for them to cool down. This cooling process somehow increases the chutney taste tremendously and saves the motor blade of your mixer from melting.
Take roasted peanuts in a blender/food processor. Grind to fine. Add other ingredients, plus tamarind, salt and a cup of water. Grind to fine consistency. Remove the chutney to a bowl.
Do the tadka (toast tadka ingredients listed above, in half teaspoon of oil in a vessel), add them to the chutney. Mix and serve.