Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cilantro Peanut Chutney and a hearty potato sandwich....

Peanuts, I read recently, are not really nuts and actually belong to the family of legumes and are related to peas, lentils and chickpeas. I was quite amazed to read that they were not really nuts, who would have thought it.Anyway, peanuts in addition to being extremely versatile and tasty also pack a nutritional punch and are a good source of monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health. They are also good sources of Vitamin E, Niacin, Folate , Protein and Manganese.

My cousin S and I look for inspiration when planning our menus by asking the other what she is making for dinner/lunch. One such conversation led to a discussion of recipes which led my cousin S to mention that she regularly uses roasted peanuts in her cilantro chutney to lend some creaminess to it. I loved the idea and have since been regularly making this chutney, slightly varying the ingredients until it has evolved into this, what I call more or less a final version of the chutney. I love how this chutney works with pretty much everything but especially love it when I used them in veggie sandwiches.

As I mentioned in my post on Potato curry with flax and quinoa, this time I used the curry as a filling and this chutney as a spread to further flavor my sandwich. Needless to say the sandwich was such an enjoyable and fantastic treat for lunch that I am looking forward to making this combination soon again...


Cilantro Peanut chutney 2


Here is a picture of the sandwich....


Sandwich 2

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For the Chutney

Ingredients and Method to make cilantro (coriander leaves) peanut chutney

1 cup packed cut cilantro (coriander leaves)
1 inch piece ginger cut fine
5 green chillies or according to taste cut into small pieces
1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
1/2 tsp salt or according to taste
1 tsp lemon juice


Wash and drain cilantro well, cut it fine and keep aside.

Depending on your blender jar add a little cilantro or all of it along with ginger, green chillies and dry roasted peanuts and grind together until it forms a smooth paste.

Add salt according to taste ( I needed abotu 1/2 tsp salt) and lemon juice and give it another turn in the blender.

Remove and use as required either as a dip, spread or to go with Indian flat bread or Indian crepes/ dosai etc
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You can keep any balance of the chutney in the refrigerator and use within a couple of days.

For the sandwich

Ingredients and Method to make Potato Sandwich

2 slices of any type of bread ( I used light honey wheat sandwich bread)
Chutney as required
Potato curry as required
Smart balance butter (or any other vegan butter or any butter )

Spread the chutney on one side of each slice of bread.

Add some potato curry to one slice of bread.

Close with the other one.

Heat your sandwich maker and when hot add a few drops of vegan butter to it and place this sandwich on it and close the sandwich maker.

Wait until it browns sufficiently or the green light comes on.

In case you do not have a sandwich maker, toast the bread with butter/vegan butter on a flat pan/ griddle / tawa, apply chutney and fill with potato curry as required.

Serve hot with ketchup or tamarind chutney

30 comments :

Happy cook said...

I read them in a post too recently.
I love that bowl and that chutney too, such a vibrant colour.

Indhu said...

I make this sandwich very regularly ... but I have never used this chutney... I use mint chutney... this is a nice idea... will try this one

Gita said...

Nice vibrant chutney...the toast sounds like an awesome treat :)

Pam said...

What a tasty chutney - I love the color. Thhe sandwich sounds great too.

Vaishali said...

This is one incredible-looking sandwich, Usha. Loved your idea of using the potato curry and this delicious chutney as a filling. I am off now to look at that potato curry recipe!

Supriya said...

Mouth-watering chutney & potato sandwich Usha. Glad to read the benefits of peanuts - my dad, daughter & myself are all peanut fans!

Priya said...

Wat a gorgeous green chutney...i love the sandwich with potato curry..yumm,makes me hungry..

Cham said...

Just yest I saw peanut combined with cilantro in another blog, sounds really cool this chutney! The sandw idea is cool!

Mansi said...

comfort food at its best, isn't it!:)
the chutney looks beautiful:)

Ana Powell said...

I find all your posts fantastic, always something new for me to learn about.
Beautiful colour x

Sonia said...

I make this green chutney same way with adding a little sugar (to get beautiful green color). I posted it in my blog with Bombay sandwich recipe. The sandwich with green chutney is always welcome! :)

A_and_N said...

I love the colour of the chutney!

And such sandwiches are always welcome.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely green chutney and a very yummy sandwich.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

what a coincidence.. i also posted the same chutney with some variation :) your sandwich pic is tooo good.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Awesome twist Usha. I add some roasted peanuts in coconut chutney too. Should try it in cilantro after seeing this post.

sowmya.s said...

chutney looks deliicious..i love the addition of peanuts..

Suparna said...

the chutney compliments the taste of the sandwich so beautifully ..just as beautiful as the picture looks!!good one :)

Nandini said...

What a nice combo! Yummy sandwich with cool green chutney! Must taste good!

jayanthi said...

Hi Usha,
Nice to see a yummy chutney recipe with peanuts. Most Maharashtrians include peanuts in their chutney preparations,even in coconut chutney.
Just today I made a green chutney with coriander,mint etc. Will forward you the recipe. Try it!

Vidhya said...

Yummy Sandwich and love the fresh green color of chutney Usha...

Sanjana said...

I love peanut and coriander chutney- it tastes awesome! So versatile too- I like to use it as you would use pesto and mix some into boiled pasta. Great recipe!

K said...

Loved the chutney and the bowl:)

Sandwich is making me hungry now!

Priya Narasimhan said...

perfect sandwich for breakfast and picnics..very good recipe..

Parita said...

We too make it in similar way..but i add a little sugar too :-)

Dershana said...

hi usha,

love that chutney combo. i make this withpottukadalai.

roma said...

looks delicious and filling!

Anupama said...

I'm so making this very soon :-)

Red Chillies said...

very nice combination Usha and looks good. Love the potato sandwich. You know i have tried this chutney before, but not sure why mine turns bitter. I also add raw garlic to it.

Devasena Hariharan said...

Your sandwich looks good. Nice combination.

Devasena Hariharan said...

the colour looks so tempting...Wish I could lay my hands on it and gobble it up fully

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