Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Peanut Chutney - Kadalai Chutney Recipe

Peanut Chutney
The first time I tasted peanut chutney / groundnut chutney / verkadalai chutney was from a friend during our college days and from then I have been a fan of this creamy chutney.Piping hot soft idlis with any chutney or tiffin sambar is a staple at home. Mittu loves onion tomato chutney, and she licks it even without the main course :)
Peanut Chutney  Recipe

Peanut Chutney Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Peanuts - 1/3 cup
Small Onion(Shallots) - 14
Red Chillies - 2
Garlic -2 pearls (optional)
Tamarind - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Gingelly Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Hing - a pinch


  1. Dry roast peanuts till nice aroma rises and they turn slightly browned ,remove the skin and set aside. Heat 1/2 tsp oil - add onion,garlic,red chillies and tamarind saute till slightly browned. Cool down and grind this along with peanuts.
    How to make  peanut chutney - Step1
  2. Grind it to a smooth paste. Heat remaining 1/2 tsp oil and add the items listed under 'to temper' and add it to the chutney. Add required salt and mix well to combine.
    How to make peanut chutney - Step2
Your peanut chutney is ready. Serve with idlis or dosass.
Peanut Chutney

My Notes:

  • Though adding garlic is optional, if you like garlic flavour dont skip it. I recommend adding it.
  • Adding tamarind gives a slightly tangy taste to the chutney as peanuts gives a sweet taste. Also adding 2 red chillies is apt to compensate for the sweetness.
  • I have seen some not removing skin too, its purely our preference. But I feel a slight bitter taste so always remove the skin.
  • Another variation is you can add raw coconut while grinding or even saute a tbsp of coconut with onions and then grind it.
Kadalai Chutney Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. I've tasted Peanut chutney with idli when we went to Tirupati,I think.Love the hint of Peanut and garlic when biting through idli dipped in the chutney.Hope you had a great Diwali!

  2. So delicious and a change to the standard and regular coconut chutney!!
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  3. Peanut chutney is my favorite. Love em.. and with soft idlis its a hit...

  4. My mom makes this chutney. I love this. Nice pics.

  5. Hi Sharmilee, ur peanut chutney looks delicious.
    Nice click.
    Happy to foloow u , wud b super glad if u follow back :)

  6. Tempting healthy breakfast..yummy

  7. Sharmilee.. Your idli's look so soft and fluffy and I am sure they must have tasted heavenly with that peanut chutney!!! Yum !!

  8. Oh I just love this chutney! Hot idlis and this chutney is comfort food!

  9. love the chutney .. a different version ... will try this .....

  10. I like the tempering on top, am sure it tastes great!

  11. It has been long time since i made this, lovely chutney and nice click too

  12. I dont add shallots,will try next time,btw we are peanut chutney lovers.

  13. This chutney looks superb...will try soon!!!

  14. Peanut chutney came out very well.yhx mam for ur recepie

  15. Hey, I tried to make Peanut chutney, but it did not come out as I expected. I could not eliminate the bitterness in the chutney. Any opinions or suggestions as to where I might have gone wrong?


  16. @Dipti : You must have grinded it for more time else the skin must have given the bitterness

  17. Hi Sharmilee, I made your Peanut Chutney for Idlis. It was yummy and my family loved it. Thank you. I have bookmarked your blog address. Would love ot try your other dishes.

  18. hi
    can i replace shallots with big onion

  19. @Meenal : Yes you can use big onion too..

  20. made it today.. tastiest peanut chutney I ever had! thanks for sharing

  21. hi Sharmi ... i love ur blog.... n today i tried 3 of ur dishes... n im in love wit ur recipes.... i made peanut chutney, eggless sponge cake n mutton chukka my family loved all of the three turned out well.... thank u so much n keep adding more..

  22. Hi Sharmi,

    How long does this chutney last in the fridge? I am planning to make these over the weekend to save some time cooking during the week.


    1. It will last for 2-3 days when refrigerated.

    2. Thanks! I made the peanut chutney last night and it turned out great. A few modifications from original recipe- I used already shelled and roasted peanuts so just had to toast them for a few seconds. I also did not temper it instead I put all ingredients in a few tsp of oil, quick fried them and grinded them together. The taste came out nutty, sweet and just brilliant. This was my first time with the peanut chutney. I'll be making your sambhar tonight to go with the idlis and chutney. Keep up the good work.

  23. i tried this chutney..its very tasty..

  24. for some reason i was not able to make peanut chutney tasty..ur pics which shows what quantity of ingredients to use helped a lot to make my chutney awesome.Will try your receipes as well

  25. Another winning recipe Sharmi.... Made it a couple of times and realised that it's the best or rather the only way to get my daughter to eat peanuts. Delicious and healthy. Wow.

  26. I usually grind roasted peanuts,garlic,a little bit curry leaves,tamarind.

  27. I used to see my grandma make it. I follow the same till now. Roasted peanuts. garlic, a little curry leaves, tamarind. I love peanut chutney!!

  28. Hi.sharmil..pls post.. how to prepare idli by MULTI GRAIN -atleast a five grains. ... pls post as soon as possible....
    thanks a lot....

  29. Sharmileeji, I followed your method for this chutney and the result was superb....liked it a lot. Although I didn't add tadka in the still tasted yummy.
    I usually just roast the peanuts and then grind it with red chillies, salt and tamarind- quick and tasty...going forward I will use your method whenever I have some extra time. :)
    Thank you


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