Wednesday, November 07, 2007

KiwiGee's Recipes from Down Under - Groundnut chutney powder

It's been so long since I've posted a recipe on here, and I was feeling so reluctant to move my a** after a hugely long travel blog that I decided the only to ease myself back into the food blog world was to post a simple recipe. Preferably from someone other than me. That someone, of course, is my Kiwindian friend, KiwiGee, and the star of the recipe is the groundnut.

This recipe has been languishing in my "recipes to make" folder for ages, mainly because I was not able to get my hands on copra (dry coconut). On being informed that desiccated coconut would do just as well, I bought a bagful - only, of course, to have two holidays come up in quick succession with not much time in between for anything much except to write a Slavonian

And now, since no more holidays seem to be in the offing this year, I have no more excuses to put off writing food posts! So here goes.

In her email to me, KiwiGee said: "This recipe is a variation of the traditional thengai podi (for Tamilians) and chutney podi (for Kannadigas). I learnt the original chutney podi from my MIL and the variation is from sister Gayathri in NZ. I tend to use quite a few peanuts in my cooking nowadays as I keep exploring more and more avenues of vegetarian iron sources…"

So here it is, the perfect vegetarian iron source and a very scrummy powder to mix with plain rice and ghee.

Two things to note:

1. Powder the peanuts separately and do it in short bursts so as not to heat the motor of your mixie. Otherwise you'll end up with peanut butter. Which is nice enough, but not the result we're looking for here.

2. Be careful even while grinding the desiccated coconut - it also tends to exude oil and lump up if you run the mixie for too long and the coconut gets warm.

Recipe for:
Groundnut chutney powder


250 gms peanuts (I cheated a bit and used ready roasted peanuts)
50 gms dried red chillies (not Indian red – u’d die then, this is the mild sort that I get here* - in NZ)
50 gms copra (dried coconut, grated fine), or unsweetened desiccated coconut
Salt – to taste
Hing powder – a pinch
Jaggery (or sugar) – 1 tbsp
Tamarind - 1 tbsp (small ball) - NOT the paste!
Methi (fenugreek) seeds – 1 tsp


1. Dry fry methi seeds till they are dark brown, keep aside.

2. Dry fry peanuts (if using raw ones) till they go slightly brown, keep aside.

3. Then dry fry the copra/desiccated coconut powder, red chillies and tamarind and keep aside. (Note: I tore up the tamarind into small pieces so that they would fry more evenly) Let all the ingredients cool completely.

Important: All the ingredients have to be dry fried separately as indicated. This thing won’t work otherwise…

4. First, grind the red chillies, along with copra, tamarind and methi seeds as finely as you can.

This picture is at the half-way stage of grinding!

5. Then grind the fried peanuts to as smooth a powder as possible, after adding hing and salt.

Beware: the peanuts are really oily so they can stuff up your food processor when you grind them. That’s why you need to grind them last, after all the other stuff has been reduced to powder…

6. Mix well and store in dry bottles/jars. DO NOT refrigerate.

7. Serve with ghee and hot rice (yuM).

Can also be used as side dish for idli, dosa and with sandwiches etc…


Manasi said...

Yum!! love all variations to peanut chutney!!
Happy Diwali Shammi!!!

Nupur said...

I love the addition of hing and methi to this! I usually use cumin and coriander seeds in mine...
Love this chutney with hot buttered toast :D it is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Linda said...

Ohh, so that's where you've been hiding, on a travel blog!! :) I'll have to check that out. The chutney powder looks great, something new for me to try. And that photo of the spoon reflected -- that's awesome! Glad to see you back Shammi :)

Sagari said...

happy diwali lovely peanuts

Mansi said...

HI Shammi...hope your east coast trip was fun!! nice chutney, welcome back, and wish you a happy diwali:)

FH said...

Yummy Chutney pudi, love it.
Happy Deepavali Shammi, enjoy!:))

Anonymous said...

Looks divine - I love podis of any kind, and am always happy to have a new one to try out.
In the Indian stores in the States we get a tamarind powder, which I was initially leery of. I succumbed eventually and bought a packet, and after subjecting it to a thorough sniff test, have been using it in podis and other recipes where the tamarind needs to be dry. It's called DryTam, and it looks and smells like tamarind, and I'm still alive, so I suppose it's pure enough.

sra said...

This mix tastes good with fresh curds, Shyam. That with rotis, v nice, a Kannadiga/Marathi practice, I think. But there seemed to have been some garlic in the mix.

Shammi said...

Manasi: Happy Diwali to you too! :)

Nupur: Gotta try it on hot buttered toast. I like the idea of adding of cumin and coriander... thought I would but didnt in the interests of the authenticity of the recipe - it wasnt mine to tinker with this time :)

Linda: Thanks - the reflection came as a surprise to me too! :D

Sagari: Happy Dewali to you too!

Mansi: It was lovely! The weather was perfect! Absolutely glorious! :)

Asha: Thank you, wish you the smae too! :)

Kamini: Wow, thanks so very much for letting me know about the tamarind powder. I'll get my mom to see if she can find some!

Shammi said...

Sra: Garlic (and dhaniya and cumin) are going into this mix next time I make it :) Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Into mine too!!!

Menu Today said...


I like to have this powder with rawa upma, looks fabulous...Thanks for sharing

Linda said...

Hey shyam -- since you haven't been posting recipes, I checked out your other blogs. Love the random shots! Now, do you have any embroidery pics? :):):)