Peanut chutney, also known as groundnut chutney is a delicious blend of flavors that is finger licking good. This easy chutney is the perfect vegan side for all your favorite South Indian breakfasts like idli, dosa, uttapam, punugulu, vada and bonda. Groundnut is just another term for peanuts & are used in South Indian cuisine to make curries, chutney and even podi.
Peanut chutney is made regularly in my home just like in most Telugu speaking homes. It is so much convenient to make this thick, creamy and delicious chutney anytime as it does not need coconut.
If you are wondering what is peanut chutney? It is a traditional Indian condiment made with roasted peanuts, cumin, green chilies, garlic and salt.
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About this recipe
This delicious peanut chutney is protein-packed, easy to make and boosts the nutrition profile of your everyday breakfast meal.
The options to use this chutney are endless – use it as a side with breakfast, snacks, smear it on roti to make kathi rolls or spread it over your toasted bread. It’s excellent to brighten up your meal by serving it on the side.
There are so many ways a peanut chutney is made. In this post I have shared 3 different recipes & so many more variations which I make.
The first one is the traditional Andhra palli chutney which is usually made with only 6 ingredients such as roasted peanuts, garlic, green chilies, cumin, salt and tamarind. All of these are ground with water to a smooth chutney & most often it is not tempered.
However every home has their own recipe. So many people use various other ingredients like urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. My mom would always add some roasted lentils & curry leaves to most of chutneys as these enhance the flavour. So the recipe I have shared here is the way we make it at home.
Also many people prefer to dry roast the peanuts and remove the skin for making chutney. I feel that’s a lot of work but the chutney tastes much more nutty, flavourful and delicious.
Recipe 1 – Peanut chutney stepwise photos
If you want to use tamarind, soak a small piece (1 tsp) to ¼ cup warm or hot water. Set this aside to soak.
1. Pour 1 tsp oil to a pan or kadai and heat it. Add 2 to 3 green chilies, 1 garlic clove and 1½ tablespoon urad dal or chana dal. To make andhra style peanut chutney, garlic is not fried but added directly to the chutney jar later. So if you want you can also add it directly to the jar. Dal lends a nutty aroma to the chutney. However you can skip it here.
2. Begin to fry them on a medium to low heat until dal turns golden & aromatic.
3. Remove the fried ingredients to a plate.
4. To the same pan, add peanuts. Begin to roast on a medium flame stirring constantly. When they are half done, I add curry leaves. You can also skip them if you don’t have. Curry leaves are good for the body and also makes the chutney more aromatic.
5. Continue to fry until they are well roasted. They begin to make spluttering noise. This step is the key to bring out the aroma of peanuts. When they are done, add cumin and turn off. Curry leaves should be crisp to get a nice aroma. Remove to a plate and cool all the ingredients.
How to make peanut chutney
6. Add them to a blender jar along with salt. Pour water just enough to cover them. If you want to use tamarind, pour the tamarind soaked water instead. You can also add raw garlic at this stage. If you have kids at home. First blend the chutney without chilies. Set their portion aside and then add the chilies and blend again.
7. Pour more water as needed and bring to a consistency you desire. Usually peanut chutney is made thick. Check salt and spice. Add more if needed.
8. Most people do not temper peanut chutney. If you prefer, just heat 1 tsp oil. Add 1 pinch of mustard, 1 broken red chilies, few curry leaves and 1 crushed garlic. When the leaves turn crisp and garlic begins to smell good, turn off the stove and pour the tempering over the peanut chutney.
Serve peanut chutney with idli or dosa.
Ingredients & substitutes
Peanuts: Always choose good quality peanuts and avoid rancid ones. Do check the peanuts before roasting them. Almonds can be substituted in this recipe. Just soak them in boiling hot water for 5 mins. Add them to cold water and peel the skin. Pat dry and use them as mentioned in the recipe.
Green chilies: Traditionally green chilies are used but you can also use red chilies. Ingredients like red chilies and tamarind also affect the color of the chutney. If you like a orange chutney, then use red chilies.
Tamarind: I do not use tamarind in my chutney as we don’t like the flavor. Since breakfasts like idli, dosa and uttapam already have a slight tangy flavor from the fermented batter, I prefer to skip it.
Garlic: Most people prefer to use garlic raw so they add it raw to the blender without frying. This gives a pungent smell.
Curry leaves are healthy so sometimes I add a lot of them about half cup to my peanut chutney. It tastes good but they have to be fried well until crisp. If you do not have you may simply skip them or add some mint leaves.
Dal is one of the key ingredient in most chutney recipes. Either chana dal or urad dal is used to enhance the flavor. But this peanut chutney tastes good even without dal as peanut itself has a nutty aroma. So you can easily skip dal.
1. Roasting peanuts very well until aromatic on a medium to low heat is very important for a good tasting chutney. Avoid frying on high flame. The last few minutes you can roast them on a low heat to bring out the aroma. Under roasted peanuts smell raw in the chutney.
2. Peanut chutney stays good for 2 to 3 hours after that the taste begins to diminish. So to keep it good for long hours, use filtered water or boiled and cooled water. I never refrigerate this peanut chutney as I always feel it tastes best & much more delicious when it is freshly ground.
3. Traditional Andhra peanut chutney is a bit elaborate to make and is time consuming. The peanuts are roasted first, cooled and then the skin is removed completely. Roasted nuts are wrapped in a cloth and then rubbed so the skin comes off easily.
Many people say the skin of the peanuts really affect the taste of the peanut chutney. However it is a personal choice. The chutney made with skinless peanuts taste much nutty & has a intense flavor.
4. To save some time in the mornings, we usually roast all the ingredients the previous night & cool them. It is so much easier in the morning to just blend them.
Recipe 2 – Mint Peanut chutney
I sometimes add mint or pudina leaves to the peanut chutney & it totally elevates the flavor & taste. Mint aids digestion so it is great to add a handful of these leaves. I also use a piece of ginger and little lemon juice for this version.
½ cup peanuts
2 to 3 green chilies
½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tbsp oil
½ to ¾ cup Mint leaves or pudina leaves
½ inch ginger or 1 to 2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp lemon juice or little tamarind (optional)
½ tsp salt (adjust to taste)
Water as needed
- Pluck the mint leaves from the stems and add them to a bowl of water. Rinse them & set aside to drain completely.Heat oil in a pan and fry the chilies for 2 to 3 mins until they get blistered. Remove to a plate.
- Add the peanuts to the pan and fry them on a medium heat until golden & aromatic. Then turn off and add cumin. Fry for 30 seconds
- I always use the raw mint leaves to make this chutney. But if you do not like to use them raw then fry them for about 1 to 2 mins.
- Cool and transfer all the ingredients to a blender jar. Add ginger or garlic, salt and little water.
- Blend to smooth chutney adding more water if needed.
- This chutney needs no tempering. If you prefer then heat 1 tsp oil. Add a pinch of mustard and a broken red chilli.
- When the seeds splutter, then add curry leaves. The leaves will turn crisp then add hing. Pour this over the peanut chutney. Serve with idli, dosa, paratha.
Recipe 3 – Onion peanut chutney
In this recipe, onions give a natural sweet taste to the peanut chutney. You can fry the onions until transparent or even caramelize them. Both ways it tastes good.
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ cup cubed onions
- ¾ tsp Cumin seeds
- 2 sprigs curry leaves (optional but recommended)
- 2 tbsp roasted gram (optional)
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves
- 2 to 3 green chilies or red chilies
- Salt as needed
- 1 tbsp oil or as needed
- Tamarind paste as needed (optional)
1. Ensure you use cubed onions instead of chopped. The flavor and taste is best with cubed onions.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the peanuts on a medium heat until golden & aromatic.
3. Add cumin and garlic to the hot pan and saute for 1 to 2 mins. Remove these and set aside. I used rinsed peanuts here so the skin got charred too quickly before they were roasted.
4. Add another teaspoon oil and fry the onions and slit green chilies for 3 to 4 mins. Or until the onions turn pink to golden. The raw smell of the onion should go away. You can also add curry leaves along with the onions if you want.
5. Cool all the ingredients. Blend them together with salt and water as needed. If using fried gram and tamarind paste you can add them to the jar now.
6. Make a smooth chutney adding more water as needed. Taste test and add more salt. Pour more water if needed to bring it to consistency. Remove this to a serving bowl.
7. Tempering is optional. But you can if you prefer. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and add a pinch of mustard seeds, 1 pinch of cumin seeds (optional), 1 pinch of urad dal. When the dal turns golden, add curry leaves and red chilli. Turn off when the curry leaves turn crisp. Add a pinch of hing.
Pour the tempering to the chutney. Serve peanut chutney with dosa, idli and uthappam.
How to make peanut pachadi for rice?
This is basically a thick ground mixture which is called as pachadi. It is mixed with hot plain rice & ghee. This is usually served in many Andhra restaurants in a Bhojanam. Here is my mom’s version.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil and fry 6 to 8 red chilies, 1 teaspoon urad dal & 1 tablespoon chana dal until lightly golden. Add 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Fry until aromatic and set aside. To the same pan add 1 teaspoon oil and 1 sprig curry leaves, ½ cup peanuts and roast until aromatic. Add ¼ cup coconut (dried or fresh).
Saute just for 1 to 2 mins. Cool and add to a grinder with salt, 1 to 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon tamarind paste and 1 teaspoon jaggey (optional). Scrape the sides. Add 4 to 5 tbsps water and grind to a coarse thick chutney. If you want you can temper this peanut chutney.
How to make instant peanut chutney?
Simply blend half cup store bought roasted peanuts, 1 small garlic clove, 2 green chilies, ½ teaspoon cumin, little salt and 8 mint leaves (if you like) with 1/3 cup water until smooth. You can also use some lemon juice or tamarind paste to add tang to the chutney.
How to make tomato peanut chutney?
Roast ¼ cup peanuts until golden & aromatic. Keep them aside. Fry 1 sprig curry leaves, 1 garlic clove & 4 red chilies until crisp in 1 tablespoon oil. Add 1 ¼ cup chopped tomatoes & saute until mushy & soft. Cool & blend these with water to a thick chutney. You may temper it if you prefer.
You can also add onion and tomatoes both to make a tangy, spicy & delicious chutney. I have shared a similar one here on my tomato chutney recipe
Yes peanut chutney is healthy if eaten in moderation. It is protein-packed, rich in fiber & healthful fats. Though peanuts are low-carb nuts, they are high in calories. So it is best to eat this in moderation for optimal health benefits.
Peanut chutney keeps good in the refrigerator for 2 days. After that the flavor & taste begins to diminish. However fresh ground chutney is much more flavorful.
No! Reheating it will alter the flavors. You may steam it for a short while.
Peanut chutney | Groundnut chutney
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- ½ cup peanuts (groundnuts) (or roasted skinned peanuts)
- 1½ teaspoon oil
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 to 2 green chilies or red chilis (adjust as needed)
- ¼ teaspoon salt as needed
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or jeera
- ½ to ¾ cup water (adjust as needed)
- 1½ tablespoons urad dal or chana dal (optional) (skinned black lentils or bengal gram)
- ½ teaspoon tamarind or paste as desired (optional)
- 1 to 2 sprigs curry leaves (optional)
- 1 teaspoon oil
- ¼ teaspoon mustard
- 1 red chili broken
- 1 pinch hing or asafoetida
- 1 small garlic crushed
- 1 sprig curry leaves
How to make peanut chutney
- Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Fry green chilies, dal & garlic until the dal turns golden.
- Remove and set aside. You can also add garlic directly to the chutney jar without frying.
- Add peanuts & fry on a medium flame until golden and aromatic. Not only the skin of the peanuts, but also the nut has to turn slightly golden to bring out the aroma.
- Add cumin to the hot peanuts. You can also do dry roasting of peanuts without oil. Keep aside to cool.
- Transfer all these to a blender jar along with garlic, salt and ½ to ¾ cup water.
- If using tamarind, soak it in some water and filter the tamarind soaked water to the jar.
- Blend to smooth peanut chutney. I do not use tamarind for peanut chutney.
- Taste it and add more salt and chili if needed.
Optional – Talimpu or tempering
- Add 1 teaspoon oil to the hot pan.
- Next add mustard, red chili, garlic and curry leaves. Fry till the leaves turn crisp.
- Lastly add hing. Turn off the heat and pour this over the groundnut chutney.
- Serve peanut chutney with idli or dosa.
- Most Telugu speaking homes dry roast the peanuts first and remove the skin. Then use them for making peanut chutney. The taste of that is much richer.
- If you prefer to use tamarind for the chutney then soak it in little water before you begin to fry the peanuts. Then it turns soft, squeeze it and use. You can also skip soaking tamarind and add it directly to the jar if it is clean.
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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This post was first published in July 2015, Updated & republished in December 2020.
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