August 17, 2006

Protein packed - Peanut Curry

Inspiration for a blog post can come from the weirdest of places... like a calendar for instance :-) Well not just any calendar but the trusted almanac of almost all homes across India. I was browsing through the recipes at the back and saw a peanut based curry which reminded me of the curry my mother made sometimes.
Peanut curry is generally considered an 'upvaas' dish and accompanies sago or samo (vari) khichdi. But there is no good reason why it cannot be enjoyed on any day you feel like it, is there?

The curry makes a nice spicy side dish to a weekday meal of roti and vegetables. If you use store bought roasted peanuts like I did it takes very little time to make it too. If you do want to serve this with rice, a simple khichdi pairs better than plain rice in my opinion. Peanuts by the way pack more than 20% of protein so rest assured you won't miss dal in this meal.


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DANYACHI AMTI (Peanut Curry)
(serves 2)
3/4 cup roasted peanuts (I used store bought unsalted ones)
1/2 tsp tamarind paste dissolved in 2 tbsp water
1-2 tsp grated jaggery/ brown sugar
5-6 green chillies, slit
1 tsp ghee/ oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste
finely chopped cilantro to garnish

In a coffee/ spice grinder powder the peanuts coarsely. If you don't want bits of peanuts in the curry make a finer powder.

Mix peanut powder, chillies, jaggery and tamarind water in a sauce pan. Add 3 cups of water. Season to taste and bring to a boil on low heat. Add more water if necessary.

In another pan heat ghee till hot. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Pour evenly over curry and cover. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

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33 Comments:

Blogger Manasi said...

Hi Ashwini,
I remember this from my childhood! I love it!Mum used to make it on Ashadi Ekadashi..
Unfortunately this gives me a severe acidity attack later :(
But heck! the taste is just too good to mind the after effects!

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Manisha said...

Oh that Kalnirnay! It sure is a treasure, isn't it? I can't say I've had this danyachi amti before - we didn't do shravan nor any upvaas. It was quite funny how all my cousins would make long visits that overlapped dinner time during shravan!

I have a feeling this danyachi amti will be a huge hit in our home.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Ashwini,
Simple method of "Peanut Curry". Why it is looking white ??

4:02 AM  
Blogger Krithika said...

Getting a recipe from calendar has happened to me too. Your curry looks delicious.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Wow Ashwini.. thats super easy. Looks yummy too

9:42 AM  
Anonymous shilpa said...

Wow..Kalnirnay..I too used to read the recipes in that :). Its a lovely calender. But I dont have it here with me now.
Danyachi amti is new to me. Thanks for sharing.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Saffron said...

no veggies and no dal?? it sure sounds yummy and nutritious! the most simple dishes are often the best aren't they?

lovely recipe...

cheers!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Chandrika said...

Hmm...Sounds delicious...Will give it a try soon...Thanks for the recipe Ashwini...

10:55 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Hey Manasi it is quite delicious isnt it?
Manisha - I dont know why but its not a common upvaas dish either. My mom made it very rarely even though sabudana khichdi was a given during Sankashti...
MT - its actually beige in color...I guess it looks white becoz of the sunlight
Krithika, Tina, Shilpa, Chandrika - thanks
Saffron - absolutely, love simple hearty dishes

12:04 PM  
Blogger indosungod said...

Ashwini a quick and easy recipe and I am sure tastes delicious. I also think it is quite interesting that Konkini cuisine uses a lot of tamarind.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy,I just love to have it with sabudana khichdi.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Manjusha Nimbalkar said...

Hey Ashwini,

Wowsie amti looks so good. I simply love danyachi amti and sabudana khichdi.....one of my fav...
Happy Blogging !!

7:13 PM  
Blogger archana said...

This is indeed unique ! Going to buy some peanuts this weekend. Thank you for the recipe.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

Danyaachi Aamti...wow! I love it. My father misses it, if it's not prepared for Upvaas/Faraal meals. He has a special attachment to peanuts anyway. :)
And like in the jingle in their advertisement, I'll say,
"...panchaang sope sumangal svabhaave
bhintivari kalnirnay asaave." :)

8:13 AM  
Blogger Nandita said...

That sounds interesting Ashwini! I do have some already roasted and powdered peanuts on hand, will give it a shot
Love
N

10:27 PM  
Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

Ashwini
Peanut curry looks yumm! Never tried making curry with peanut as the main ingredient though.
Love the way you used Indian fabric as a place mat!

8:52 AM  
Blogger RP said...

ashwini, this is something very very new to me. Sounds delicious.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Prema Sundar said...

Hi Ashwini,
peanut curry looks like an easy recipe which i would love to try it sometime.

7:45 AM  
Blogger sudha said...

Hi ashwini..Peanut curry is new to me. Simple and healthy. All your recipes are very different. Should bookmark your blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog and keep visiting. Bye

3:28 PM  
Blogger sudhav said...

Ashwini you always have a new dish..thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe..a very new recipe to me..

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Madhuli said...

hey Ashwini thanks for visiting my blog.And Danyachi Amti is my favourite too.gr8t recipe

10:16 PM  
Blogger HappySlob said...

Thanks for posting this one! :) Can't wait to try it.
Hugs,
Christina

9:32 AM  
Anonymous jayshree said...

Danyachi Amti looks deliciously nutritious. Never heard before.Will try it soon...

1:17 PM  
Blogger Anupama said...

Ashwini I love danyachi Amti and waryache tandool. Whenever I fast it is basically for these two dishes that I do it.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hey Ashwini, I tried your Masale Bath--it was super delicious--- :)

5:06 PM  
Blogger Vineela said...

Hi Ashwini,
I tried your Shrikand
I tried with cherry .Coz cherry are more in fridge so tried your version.

Thank You dear.
Vineela

3:15 PM  
Blogger Neelu said...

Hi Ashwini ... My mom too makes a good peanut curry for upwas goes well with varai rice n poato bhaji. Hey can u tell me what is Varai rice called in english ? Is it the same as Idli rice ...I need something for upwas other than sabudana! PZ PZ Its urgen do let me know !

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Priya said...

Hi Ashwini!
I made Masala Bhaat for the second time today.Used green bell pepper instead of tinda and cashews instead of peanuts.
This time i used a pressure cooker instead of rice cooker. Even the cookware we use makes a lot of difference isnt it !
I liked it a lot more than the first time.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Indo, Manjusha, Archana, RP, Sudha, Sudhav, KA, Prema, Madhuli, Christina - thanks
Anon - love it with khichdi too
Vaish - man you remember the song? Its so quintessential Marathi...
Nandita, Jayashree - let me know how you like it
Anupama - you fast for this dish? :-D
Priya - am so glad you liked masale bhaat. Thanks for letting me know
Vineela - glad you liked shrikhand. And cherry is wonderful idea...this is the right time to enjoy them too
Priya - I always cook mine in the pressure cooker. Interesting that you liked it over the rice cooker. Enjoy!!
Neelu - Vari is not idli rice. Its called samo/ samo ke chawal or upvaas ke chawal. Hope this helps :-)

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anita said...

My MIL used to make it for upwaas, and i was looking for a recipe. Thanks. Goes purrrfectly with the 'upwaaas ke chawal'!

12:17 AM  
Blogger sudhav said...

Happy vinayaka chathurthi ,ashwini

9:21 AM  
Anonymous shrikant said...

Hmmm. This is very similar to the peanut dipping 'satay' sauce found in Singapore cuisine. I use honey roasted peanuts, chopped onion, butter and little bit of ginger/garlic as well.

6:32 PM  
Blogger reflections said...

Nice and simple recipe. one suggestion u can add grated coconut (ola naral) while grinding. it tastes more yummy. also the white colour is b'cas we do not put haldi in it.

5:10 AM  

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