Lockdown Menu: Chutneys And Dips You Can Make With Peanuts

Peanuts are not only meant to be eaten as bar snacks, they make for some excellent chutneys and dips too. Here are 5 amazingly delicious ways with which you can turn peanuts into yummy chutneys.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

Peanuts are a great way to add crunch to your regular bowl of poha, sabudana khichdi or aloo chaat. Not only that, peanuts are one of the most popular bar snacks throughout the world. In fact, we love them so much that we did an entire review of the tastiest Haldiram’s peanuts you can find. If you have some peanuts in your pantry, here are five chutneys and dips you can make with them in just a few minutes.

1) Thai Satay Sauce

If you are craving some Thai flavors, make a nutty peanut sauce at home. Vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, and zucchini, cottage cheese, tofu or boneless chicken can be turned into a satay and served with this appetising peanut sauce. Made with roasted peanuts, garlic and coconut milk, Thai peanuts sauce also uses soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil. This dipping sauce can also be used for dim sums, wantons and tempura vegetables. If you like oriental flavors, you can make a batch and store it for up to a week in the refrigerator.

 Lockdown Menu: Chutneys And Dips You Can Make With Peanuts
A Thai Peanut Sauce is versatile and can be used with a lot of oriental starters.

2) Chana Dal And Peanut Chutney

This chutney is addictive and you will have to make a BIG batch if you want everyone to taste it. The key ingredients are (no points for guessing) peanuts and chana dal. Add salt, ginger and green chilies while blitzing to enhance the flavor. Temper the chutney with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and dried red chilies. You can also make this chutney with bhuna chana. Serve with dosa, idli, vada or appams.

 Lockdown Menu: Chutneys And Dips You Can Make With Peanuts
Peanuts are a wonderful ingredient to make a chutney.
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3) South Indian Style Tomato And Peanut Chutney

The key ingredients for this zesty chutney are peanuts, tomatoes and urad dal which give it a distinct taste. Make sure you add garlic and green chilies to the chutney in appropriate amounts – too much will ruin the taste of peanuts and if it’s too less, the whole experience of eating the chutney will be lost. Serve this chutney with idli, vadas, dosas or even tomato/ lemon rice. The family will be surprised at how ‘restaurant-like’ this chutney has turned out to be with such little effort.

 Lockdown Menu: Chutneys And Dips You Can Make With Peanuts
Any South Indian inspired meal is incomplete without a tomato and peanut chutney.

4) Maharashtrian Shengdana Chutney

Well, it’s not a chutney. It’s more of a dry rub but we only have two words for this ‘chutney’ – OH WOW! Just a handful of ingredients including peanuts, garlic, and red chilies, this Maharashtrian Shengdana Chutney can be enjoyed with vada pav, dabeli, bhakri or even sprinkled on top of a simple plate of dal-chawal. It is a burst of flavor and will surely increase the taste of the dish to a whole new level.

 Lockdown Menu: Chutneys And Dips You Can Make With Peanuts
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5) Peanut Butter And Cinnamon Dip

You know, you can make peanut butter at home? Yes, it’s easy and will literally take 5 minutes. Once you have some peanut butter handy, you can turn it into a yummy sweet dip with cinnamon, brown sugar and a dollop of yogurt. Whip it nicely till everything is well combined. Add chocolate chips, if you have them handy. Serve with apple wedges, pears, vanilla wafers or animal crackers. This dip is rich and the kids will love it.

 Lockdown Menu: Chutneys And Dips You Can Make With Peanuts
Peanut butter and cinnamon dip tastes great with apple wedges.
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Which is your favorite peanut based-chutney or dip? We would love to hear about your innovative recipes. Comment below.

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. I love peanuts ! Am surely going to try some of these amazing recipes soon. Thank you

  2. Oh the peanut rub is my favorite. So so so good that I can eat it with a plain toast also.

  3. Maharashtrian Shingdana Chutney is an absolute life saver. Use it for vasa pao, dabrli, and yes I put on in my sandwiches too.

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