Peanut/Groundnut Chutney

Peanut/Groundnut Chutney

Peanut or Kadalekaayi Chutney(in Kannada) is a common breakfast accompaniment in South India-be in restaurants or at home. It’s made with roasted peanuts, chilies, garlic, cumin seeds, tamarind pulp, and black peppercorns.

Preparing this chutney at home is very easy and hardly takes about 10 minutes. Every household has a different version of this condiment. This recipe is an adaptation from my mom’s, which I and my husband love!

I hope you try this and like it as much as we do!

Peanut/Groundnut Chutney

Quick and easy side dish for dosa, idly and rotti made with roasted peanuts, garlic, black peppercorns, cumin seeds, red chili and tamarind pulp
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Chutney Recipe, Groundnut Chutney, Peanut Chutney


  • 1 cup peanuts (approx 200g) freshly roasted and cooled
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • ¾ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 dried red chilies
  • ½ tsp salt or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 2 cups water


  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chili (byadagi) split


  • Add into a mixer jar: roasted peanuts, red chili, garlic, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, tamarind pulp, and salt into a smooth powder.
    Peanut chutney ingredients
  • Add water and blend again.
    Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.
    Add water and blend again if you need a slightly runny consistency.
    Peanut/groundnut chutney
  • Heat oil in a small pan on low heat.
    Add mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Split and add dried red chilies and curry leaves.
    Turn off the heat and pour this tadka over the chutney.
  • Mix and serve delicious peanut/groundnut chutney with dosa, rotti, or idly.
    Peanut/Groundnut Chutney

Check out akki rotti, ragi rotti recipes which go very well with this chutney

Let me know if you tried this recipe by tagging a picture of your preparation on my Instagram @swaadista and using #swaadistarecipes.

Happy cooking, happy eating!


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