Fondly called Badavara Badami a poor man,s almond in Kannada, peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since centuries. The nuts are packed with many health-benefiting nutrients essential for optimum health and wellness. Roasted peanuts - a snack by itself could be turned into a delicious chutney, chutney pudi, chikki, with least efforts. I keep roasted peanuts handy in my kitchen shelf and use it to my convenience depending on the situation - use them in Chitranna, ennegayi, chutney.spread etc. Posted here is a very simple peanut chutney that pairs up very well with chapathi, dose, ragi rotti etc. A great dip and spread option as well.
  • Ease - very easy
  • Preparation time - 10 minutes
  • Cooking time - 10 minutes
  • Roasted peanuts - 1 cup 
  • Grated desicated coconut - 1 cup 
  • Broken red chillies - 4 -5 
  • Asafoetida - 2 -3 grains 
  • Curry leaves 4 sprigs 
  • Salt - to taste 
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 spoon 
  • Oil - 1 spoon

  • Roast peanuts under llow flame till golden brown and crisp 
  • Heat 1/4 oil in a kadai , fry asafoetida and curry leaves fry till crisp 
  • Add chillies and fry for further 1 minute. 
  • Keep all the fried ingredients aside 
  • Heat remaing oil and add mustard seeds and let them crackle. 
  • Grind all the roasted ingredients with grated coconut, salt and 1/4 cup water 
  • Add seasoning. 
  • Adjust the thickness of chutney by adding water if required 

  • Roasted peanuts are available in market. Roasted in the kilns they are evenly roasted and just right. 
  • If the ingredients are powdered instead of grinding with water you can store it and use it whenever required 
Nutrition and Health benefits 
  • Recent research studies suggest that roasting/boiling enhances antioxidant bio-availability in the peanuts. 
  • The kernels are an excellent source of vitamin E (α-tocopherol); containing about 8 g per100 g. vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant which helps maintain the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen free radicals 
  • The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. 100 g of peanuts provide about 85% of RDI of niacin, which contribute to brain health and blood flow to brain. 
  • The nuts are rich source of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. 
  • They compose sufficient levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid. It helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol” level in the blood. 
  • The kernels are a good source of dietary protein; compose fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth and development. 
  • Research studies have shown that peanuts contain high concentrations of poly-phenolic antioxidants, primarily p-coumaric acid. This compound has been thought to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by limiting formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach. 
  • Peanuts are an excellent source of resveratrol, another polyphenolic antioxidant. Resveratrol has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease, and viral/fungal infections. 
  • Source - Nutrition and You