Peanut Chutney – South Indian Style (Simpler!)



  • 1 cup peanut
  • 1/2 cup putani (roasted gram / chhana dal)
  • 1 dry red chili
  • Small ball sized tamarind
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water

For tempering

  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dried red chili
  • ½ tsp asafoetida powder
  • 8-10 curry leaves


  1. Put the tamarind in hot water and once cooled strain to get tamarind pulp
  2. In a pan dry roast 1 cup peanuts on low flame for 4-5 minutes… tossing regularly so that they don’t burn
  3. Add 1/2 cup putani (roasted chana dal) and roast for a couple of minutes
  4. Cool completely, and transfer to a blender
  5. Add 1 chili, tamarind pulp and 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  6. Add 1/2 cup water and blend to smooth paste
  7. Add more water in batches and blend to a smooth paste with somewhat runny consistency
  8. Transfer the chutney to a large bowl


  1. Prepare the tempering by heating 3 tsp oil
  2. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and when they start to sputter add 1 tsp urad dal, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 dried red chili and roast for a minute
  3. Turn off the heat and add ½ tsp asafoetida powder and a few curry leaves
  4. Pour the tempering over the chutney and mix well
  5. Peanut chutney is ready to enjoy with idli, dosa and vada

Serves: 6

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