You are going to love this chutney! Everyone at home did! Tomato Peanut Orange Peel Chutney Andhra Style – you can imagine the flavours and texture from each of the ingredients! Large yellow and red tomatoes from Lakshmi’s vegetable plot, bright fragrant orange peel, peanuts, chillies and spices and turmeric coming together with an incredible taste. Make sure you use juicy tomatoes for the chutney so that you do not need to add water during the process and dilute the flavours.
For the 3rd challenge from the Facebook group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge that I participated in, the theme for September was a recipe made from the cuisine of Andhra Pradesh. My partner for the month, Avin S Kohli gave me the names of two secret ingredients, viz. chillies and a vegetable of my choice. The late summer tomatoes are coming in so I selected tomato as the vegetable part of the secret ingredients. The idea is that each member of the group prepares an item using the secret ingredients, and posts a picture on the groups FB page. The other members have to try and guess the ingredients. For Avin, I gave as secret ingredients, Chana dal (Bengal gram) and Peanuts. Check out the recipe for Andhra Palli Chutney or Andhra Style Peanut Chutney that she prepared for the challenge, on her blog TheYellowDaal.com. And do spend some time exploring Avin’s blog with its varieties of Indian subzis as well as delicious Party recipes, 30 minutes recipes and quick 15 minutes ones.
Now back to the recipe for the September challenge. As you would probably know, Andhra cuisine is famous for its spicy chillies, and incorporates a number of chutneys, pachadies and pickles. With tomatoes and chillies as my ingredients, peanuts for a bit of protein, turmeric for general goodness and orange peel to add a twist to the taste, I planned the Tomato Peanut Orange Peel Chutney Andhra Style.
I have given the instructions for making the Tomato Peanut Orange Peel Chutney Andhra Style in stages and steps, but don’t think its a lot of hard work. Its pretty simple, a bit of roasting, some sautéing, some pureeing in the food processor, and voila! A delicious chutney to grace the dinner table.
You may have the Tomato Peanut Orange Peel Chutney Andhra Style with Dosa or Idli as we did, but it is quite versatile and may be used as a sandwich or quesadilla spread. I would love to try the tomato chutney spread on subway sandwiches the next time I make them. The tangy fresh taste of the tomatoes and oranges, the slight heat from the chillies (I added much lesser chilies than in the recipe so that my little granddaughter could have the chutney) and the fresh vegetables in the subway sandwich would make for great taste!
If you are wondering at the lovely orangey yellow of the Tomato Peanut Orange Peel Chutney Andhra Style, that is because of the orange peel, yellow tomatoes and of course the touch of turmeric.
Which reminds me: I had this gorgeous zero pesticide Non GMO high curcumin turmeric from First Agro Farms of Mysore, Karnataka. They supply ‘direct from the farm’ vegetables and herbs to households at Bangalore. As their website says, the turmeric powder produced at the farm has 5% curcumin (which is much higher than in the turmeric powder usually available and therefore we need to use only 25-50% of the volume we would otherwise use) as well as being rich in minerals.
Disclosure: The Turmeric described in this post was a free sample from First Agro Farms and was not paid for. The views about the colour and the flavour are my own.
The turmeric is a dark mustardy orange in colour and has a signature aroma that was evident in the Tomato Peanut Orange Peel Chutney Andhra Style. I used just a little of the turmeric powder and it imparted a lovely colour to the chutney.
Health benefits of Turmeric:
Rich in minerals, including iron and magnesium, as well as powerful anti-inflammatory effects that can help alleviate pain and the symptoms of arthritis. Turmeric also has anti-oxidants which, among other benefits, are thought to help fight cancer. Other health benefits from curcumin or Turmeric are considered to be: protection against various skin diseases; treatment of stomach ulcers, diabetes and high cholesterol. The spice is thought to be effective against Alzheimer’s disease too.
I remember childhood days when at the first sign of a sore throat or a cold coming up, my mother would make me drink up glassful of a bedtime drink of hot milk with turmeric, and so far as I can remember, it was effective too! All that curcumin, you know?
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