Most Thursdays we cook without onions and garlic as this is S does not eat these as part of his religious belief. Most Thursdays, lunch is not a problem, but dinner takes some thinking. We usually make idlis or dosas for dinner, but chutneys without coconut which do not have onions or garlic is a bit tricky.
This week, I also ran out of some coconut, and found I had just a few tablespoons of peanuts, so I came up with this chutney which incorporates ingredients I found in my pantry.
Peanut, Ginger and Sesame Chutney
- 3 tbsps raw peanuts
- 1 tbsp chana dal
- 2 tbsps white sesame seeds
- 2 tbsps ginger, peeled and chopped
- 5-6 dried red chillies
- 1 lemon sized ball of tamarind
- 5-6 curry leaves
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp oil
- Salt to taste
- Water to blend the chutney
- In a dry pan, dry roast the sesame seeds and keep aside.
- Put ½ tsp oil in the same pan and when the oil heats, fry the chana dal and the peanuts until the chana dal becomes slightly brown and the peanuts crisp. Remove and keep aside.
- In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, dried red chillies and the tamarind and fry until the curry leaves becomes crisp.
- Let everything cool down completely and blend until smooth in a blender or mixer. Add water to help you blend.
- Salt the chutney according to taste and serve with idlis, dosas or even as a dip.