I dont know how or why, but I have unwittingly eliminated fresh coconut from my pantry for the last few months. We stopped adding it to the araichavittu sambhar and the assorted poriyals. but what i miss most is to dip my idli or dosa into some nice tangy spicy chutney. there is only so much of kaaram podi / milagai podi i can eat. So a few days ago, taking advantage of the extra tomatoes at home, I made this chutney. Its delicious and worth the effort of roasting all the ingredients before grinding.
Peanut and Tomato Chutney (makes 5 generous servings)
1/2 cup peanuts, roasted without oil till the colour changes
1 cup chopped tomatoes ( i used the local variety)
3 green chillies, slit
2 tablespoon curry leaves
2 tablespoons coriander leaves
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin (whole)
a few grains of whole fenugreek seeds
a small marble of tamarind
salt to taste
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons oil ( i used gingely oil)
for the tadka
a few curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
1-2 dried red chillies
1/2 teaspoon urad / black gram dal
in a pan, dry roast the peanuts and set aside. heat one teaspoon of oil, add the whole cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds and fry a few seconds. add the onions and green chillies and fry till the onions are beginning to change colour. add the tomatoes and fry till they begin to shrink. set it aside and cool it completely.
In the jar of the blender, add the peanuts, cooked onion and tomato, tamarind, curry leaves, coriander leaves, water, salt. Pulse till you get a smooth paste. remove to a serving bowl. in a small pan, heat the remaining teaspoon of oil. fry the urad/ black gram dal till it is pale golden, add the dried red chillies and wait for a few seconds till they begin to change colour. add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter, finally add the curry leaves and turn off the heat. Pour this over the ground chutney. Mix and serve with idli or dosa. This can be stored in the fridge for upto 3 days.