Chutney powder (Peanut powder) Chutney pudi
Chutney powder known as chutney pudi is a spiced peanut powder served as a condiment in South India. It is eaten with rice, idli, dosa or upma. Traditionally this spice powder is made only with roasted gram or fried gram which is used in chutney recipes. It is always there in most Telugu and Kannada speaking households to serve with their usual breakfasts like idli, dosa, uttapam, upma, semiya upma and the list goes endless.
This peanut powder can even be relished with plain rice and a dollop of ghee or with yogurt rice. A spoonful of this podi along with the South Indian breakfast greatly contributes to the protein requirement for growing kids as well for adults too.
It is also a good stand by when you cannot prepare fresh chutney for your breakfast.
Each family has their own version of making this chutney powder to suit their taste. Some make using only the roasted gram and coconut and no peanuts are used.
This is the peanut powder /podi which is made in my mom’s home. Peanuts form the base of this and fried gram is used to prevent the oil oozing out from the peanut mix while pounding it.
You could slightly adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your taste like increasing or decreasing the garlic and red chilies.
Variations: if you like you can also use sesame seeds, desiccated coconut or flax seeds and reduce the same amount of peanuts from the ingredients mentioned below.
This peanut powder can also be used to make podi idli.
More spice powder or podi recipes
flax seeds podi
biryani masala powder
garam masala powder
vepudu karam podi
How to make chutney powder
1. I begin with cleaning and discarding stones from peanuts, roasted gram and cumin seeds.
2. Dry peanuts until they turn aromatic and golden. Then add the fried gram and roast for another 1 minute. Remove these to a plate and cool.
3. Add 1 tsp. oil to the same pan and heat it. Add 2 to 3 curry leaves and 8 to 10 dried red chilies. Fry them till they turn crisp. Then add cumin seeds and garlic. Stir for 30 to 60 seconds. We prefer not to over roast the garlic here. It is fried just for shelf life.
4. Cool all the ingredients. Add the curry leaves, red chilies, garlic and cumin to a grinder jar. Grind to smooth powder.
5. Add rest of the ingredients and salt to the jar. Scrape off the sides and mix everything well. Grind them just until mixed. Avoid over grinding as the peanuts will begin to release oil and the whole thing will become a mass.
Store peanut powder in an air tight jar. It keeps fresh for about 2 to 3 months at room temperature.
Chutney powder | Peanut powder recipe | Chutney pudi
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 1 cup peanuts
- ⅓ cup fried gram (Roasted gram or desiccated coconut)
- 8 to 10 kashmiri dried red chilies (or 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chilli powder)
- 1 to 3 sprigs curry leaves (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 2 to 3 small garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon oil
- Dry roast peanuts on a medium flame until golden and crunchy. When they turn aromatic, add fried gram or desiccated coconut.
- Roast for another minute and remove to a plate and cool.
- Pour 1 teaspoon oil and heat it. Add curry leaves and dried red chilies. Fry them on a medium heat until crisp. Then turn down the flame to low and add cumin and garlic. Stir just for 30 seconds.
- Turn off the heat and let them cool down.
- Once cool, add the curry leaves, garlic, red chilies and cumin to a grinder or spice jar and make a smooth powder.
- Then peanuts, fried gram and salt. Run the grinder in short intervals of 30 to 50 seconds scraping down the sides. Make sure everything is mixed well. Avoid overgrinding else peanuts will release oil.
- Taste test and add more salt if needed.
- Store in an air tight jar. keeps fresh for about 2 to 3 months.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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I think this is very much that recipe I was looking for. Could you please tell me what fried gram is though? I’ve seen both grief channa and roasted chana dal. Which one is it?
Sorry, fried chana, not grief, lol
Yes it is roasted chana dal. I have the picture of it in the post, above the recipe card. Thanks for rating the recipe
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5 stars please.. dont know how only two got highlighted 🙁
No problem at all! Thank you!
Your recipes are wonderful. Easy to do and enjoy eating. Cheers.
Thank you so much Dennis
Such bold, lovely flavor! Will be having this with your Uttapam. Thank you 🙂
You are welcome Jenny!
Hope you like the uttapam too.
Superb taste…my kids love this..thanks for the recipe mam..
Yes kids will surely love this! Glad they liked it. Thank you!
Very interesting recipe. Can I use roasted peanuts, that are available in the market? If so, should I roast it again?
Yes you can use roasted peanuts. Make sure they are roasted well otherwise aroma doesn’t come out from the podi.
what is the difference between this recipe and the idli podi recipe besides the ingredients, as both accompany idlis
This podi is high in fats &protein and has a more nutty flavor and has a strong aroma of garlic. But idl podi is mild but still flavorful due to the lentils, this is more suitable to ppl who are weight watchers. This is high in calcium, due to the addition of copra and sesame seeds.
Thank you for the explanation and prompt reply, Never before had I tried this as we always eat idlis with sambar + chutney, have tried the idli podi and liked the taste, will try this one as well Thank you again, really appreciate the effort put in and the time you take to read the comments and answer
thanks a lot….. I am happy to find pickle recipes……..
perfect for quick breakfast..