Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena
PrepTime:5 mins CookTime:7 mins Cuisine:Indian
Spinach – Peanut Chutney / Pachadi, my next one in the array of chutney recipes. Here, I tried this new style of chutney WITHOUT TAMARIND, just added few basic ingredients. Basically, spinach has that natural sourness, which balanced the taste.
Specifically this Spinach Chutney goes under my chutneys with greens:
- Avocado Chutney (South Indian style)
- Gongura Pachadi / Sorrel Leaves Chutney (Andhra style)
- Pudina Pachadi / Mint Chutney
- Green Chilli Chutney / Mirchi Pachchadi
Few chutneys like, coconut chutney, avocado chutney, tomato chutney, peanut chutney, ginger chutney, are suitable only as a condiment for idli, dosa, bread. These wont go well with rice. To compensate that gap, I have this spinach chutney which suits both for rice & breakfast too.
Actually, my first taste with this Spinach chutney is as a side with steamed hot rice and a generous serving of homemade ghee / butter. It was just out of the world!🙂
At my Mother’s home, Amma is an expert, I could say an encyclopedia, in making seasonal chutneys and pickles. I remember her generosity in offering them to not just to extended families, guests, neighbours, relatives but even to maids. Those were the days when ready made chutney / pickles weren’t available in the market, so whomsoever tasted my Mom’s recipes, were always a fan hers. 🙂
Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips mentioned at the end.
Chutney / Pachadi recipes collection here⇒ Chutney / Pachchadi / Dip
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Breakfast recipes collection⇒ Breakfast / Tiffin
Collection of Recipes with green vegetables⇒ Recipes with GREENS
- Spinach & Black-eyed Beans Saute
- Rajma – Palak Masala / Red Kidney Beans – Spinach Curry
- Mamidikaya-Palakoora Pappu / RawMango-Spinach Dal / Lentil Stew
- Spinach / Palak / Palakoora (finely chopped) – 2 cups
- Raw Peanuts / Ground Nuts / Pallilu – ½ cup
- Dry Red Chillies (long) – 15 to 20
- Jeera / Cumin seeds – ½ tablespoon
- Salt – 1½ teaspoon
- Turmeric Powder – ¼ teaspoon
- Coriander Seeds / Dhaniya – 1 tablespoon
- Garlic pods – 4 (optional)
- Cooking Oil – 4 tablespoons
- Coriander Seeds / Dhaniya
- Garlic pods – 4 (optional)
Step wise pics Procedure:
- Thoroughly wash the spinach 4-5 times, to get rid of mud / sometimes sand.
- Instead of raw peanuts, you can use roasted peanuts / roasted salted peanuts. In that case, you can skip dry roasting the peanuts.
- Just be careful, while sauteing the spinach, they don’t stick to the base of the pan.
- Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
- This, Spinach – Peanut Chutney / Pachadi, tastes good up to 3-4 days at room temperature and up to 2 weeks when stored in fridge.
- This, Spinach – Peanut Chutney / Pachadi, is a bit leafy in texture as we grind it coarsely.
- The major flavour is from spinach with a hidden flavour of peanuts.
- It tasted good not just with steamed hot rice but as a condiment with South Indian Idli, dosa, upma too.
- My first taste with this chutney is as a side with steamed hot rice and a generous serving of homemade ghee / butter. It was just out of the world!🙂
Spinach – Peanut Chutney / Pachadi
- Spice blender / Mixie
- 2 cups Spinach / Palak / Palakoora (finely chopped)
- ½ cup Raw Peanuts / Ground Nuts / Pallilu
- 15 to 20 count Dry Red Chillies (long ones)
- ½ tablespoon Jeera / Cumin seeds
- 1½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder / Pasupu
- 1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds / Dhaniya
- 4 count Garlic pods (optional)
- Firstly, wash the spinach thoroughly with running water. Finely chop them. We need 2 cups, pressed.
- Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add the peanuts, dry roast them until they splutter or turn light brown. Set them aside.
- Put the same pan back on stove top under medium flame, add oil, heat it.
- Add the jeera/cumin seeds, dhaniya / coriander seeds & turmeric powder.
- Saute for 1-2 mins, until the seeds turn light brown.
- In the same pan, fry the dry red chillies & garlic pods (optional) till they turn dark. Take everything aside into a plate.
- Put the pan back on flame, add all of the chopped spinach. Saute (for 3-5 mins) by stirring continuously, till they shrink.
- Into a spice blender/mixie, add salt and all the fried ingredients (except the spinach). Grind them coarsely.
- Next add the spinach, and once again grind everything coarsely. Done!!
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