Monday, May 13, 2013

PEANUT AND GARLIC CHUTNEY

PEANUT AND GARLIC CHUTNEY

When we lived in Pune in Maharashtra, one of the easy to make chutneys that became a huge hit in my house was "Shengdana Lehsun Chutney." Peanuts, which is the main ingredient in this, are rich in nutrients apart from having a great taste. The beauty of this chutney, as you will find out, is that it is pretty easy to make. It can be made fast. It is extremely versatile in that it could be used with rotis, with rice and so on and to top it all, it is delicious for all that.




Ingredients:
  • Roasted Peanuts, 1 cup
  • Garlic, 4 cloves
  • Red Chilli Powder, 3 tsp
  • Cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
Method:

Roast the peanuts in a kadhai on low flame
Cool and peel the skin of the peanuts
Place the roasted peanuts, garlic cloves, red chilli powder and cumin seeds in a blender
Blend them well, using the blender in short bursts as running it for long will result in the peanuts giving off oil
Add salt to taste while this is being blended
From time to time, stir the mixture in the blender with a fork to get them evenly blended

Serve this chutney powder as accompaniment to rotis, paranthas etc

Hints:
  • Don't blend the mixture to too fine a powder. It should preferably be slightly coarse
  • You can vary the extent of red chilli powder depending on how hot or otherwise you like your chutney to be