Dry Groundnut Chutney powder is a very tasty dish especially prepared in Southern India. It is also called as shengadana chutney or groundnut chutney. This chutney is made with groundnuts, fresh curry leaves, asafetida and other Indian spices. It is spicy, a little sweetish, little tanginess from tamarind and tastes really good with rice, chapatti or rotis.
Dry chutney powders are generally made with ingredients that are roasted and freshly ground to make this delicious and fragrant chutney powder. Dry Chutney powders can either be made fresh or ground and stored for some days. They are excellent spice powders that can also be used as a spread on sandwiches or on chapatti or parathas that kids can take for lunch or picnic if they don’t want to mess their tiffin box or bag with wet curry or gravy dishes.
Dry chutneys also taste exceptionally well mixed with hot steamed rice and some delicious and aromatic ghee (clarified butter), mixed well and eaten. This tastes truly divine and appetizing. Some of these chutney powders are also readily available in the market but mostly made at home as they are simple, fresh and easy to make. So do try to make them at home when you have time. I am sure you will love the taste and the process.
Groundnut dry chutney powder is versatile and served as an accompaniment for various south Indian breakfast dishes like Idli, Dosa, Pesarattu, Upma etc. Groundnuts are the prime ingredients in this dish and are good for health too. Other ingredients like curry leaves, dry coconut, Kashmiri dry red chillies, garlic, hing, jaggery and tamarind too have their own distinctive flavors and enhances the taste of the dry chutney powder. Curry leaves release a strong curry like fragrance with a citrus, sometimes tangerine taste. Curry leaves are common aromatic herbs that are almost used in most of the dishes in our daily chores of cooking. These aromatic leafy powerhouses are dark green and top with a pale green underside. They are used mainly for its aromatic flavor. Apart from releasing its flavors into the dish they also provide vitamin A, vitamin B, minerals and carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids and alkaloids.
Groundnuts are a very versatile ingredient and used in making savory and sweet dishes. The nuts can be enjoyed roasted, boiled, salted or sweetened. Boiled peanuts possess unique flavor and taste. Boiling, in fact, enriches their nutritional and antioxidants profile. Peanut butter is a food paste made from ground-roasted nuts, with or without added oil. It is popular throughout the world and commonly used as spread.
Groundnut oil is another healthy source of edible cooking oil like soy or olive oils. It is widely used in cooking for its aromatic flavor, especially in many South Indian states and Sri Lanka. Roasted and crushed nuts are often sprinkled over salads, desserts, particularly sundaes and other ice cream based preparations. Indian common and popular sweetmeat is the Chikki made generally with groundnut and jaggery.
To prepare this spicy Groundnut dry chutney powder, firstly clean and roast groundnuts, garlic, dry red chillies, kopra, curry leaves and also tamarind so that it becomes easy to grind in a blender. Fry little hing (asafetida) in a little oil and then put it in the mixie and grind all these ingredients to a slightly coarse powder. Store in airtight container and keep in the fridge to retain its freshness. Serve with hot rice and ghee, rice roti, chapatti, idli and dosa.
Tips: Adjust the quantity of red chilli according to your taste to make it more or less spicy. Spread this chutney powder on buttered toast for breakfast or a snack. Add a little chutney to plain yogurt to use as a dip.
Delicious, crunchy, and nutty peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since ancient times. The nuts are enriched with many noteworthy health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health. They are actually legumes but have almost all the qualities that true nuts like almonds have.
For garlic lovers, it is a delightful dry chutney powder but if you do not eat or like garlic and you can still make it without garlic and substitute with some sesame powder. This gives it more flavors. It is very easy to make and can last for long and is so convenient to use. Just see for yourself. Click on Groundnut dry chutney powder for detailed recipe.