I visit Bangalore (now Bengaluru) quite often. The local care taker’s wife is an amazing cook. So intermittently I will post recipes from her kitchen.
This is Rekha. Most of the ingredients she uses are from her village. They are fresh, and have an aroma, not found in the markets here.
Peanuts 200gms. (Raw with skin. Not roasted)
♦Try and use the best quality and freshest peanuts available. You cannot use salted or roasted peanuts in this recipe.
Green chillies 2 large ones
Tomato 1 large or 2 middle size ones
Kadi patta (6 big ones of 8 to 9 small ones)
Mustard seeds Appx ¼ teaspoon
Sambhar masala ½ + ½ teaspoon
Haldi ¼ + ¼ teaspoon
Dhania powder ½ + ½ teaspoon
Oil 4 to 5 tablespooons (dont worry, it wont be floating in oil)
Onion 1 small – chopped
6 pods of garlic crushed
Kadipatta 6 leaves (No. I have not repeated by mistake)
Red chilli dry 1
Crush the peanuts.
De Skin them. The old fashioned Indian way is the best.
Make a paste of Tomato and kaddipatta (the first lot), with a little water.
In a kadhai (indian wok), add oil. Let it heat then sprinkle the mustard seeds.
Add onions and garlic.
♦Nope , I have not missed the kadipatta and chillies both green and red. Rekha adds them after the onions have roasted, so that the chillies and kadipatta does not burn.
Once the onions have roasted, add the red and green chillies, and kadipatta.
Add the crushed peanuts. Add salt. And haldi, dhania powder, sambhar masala. At this point add the first half of the given quantities.
Roast the peanuts for a few minutes.
Add the tomato paste.
Now add the rest of the masala – ie: haldi, sambhar masala, dhania powder.
Cover the dish and cook for a good while. The peanuts should cook.
Check for salt and serve hot with Jowar Roti.
♦Please excuse the picture quality. The Bangalore weather, does not lend to continuous bright sunny moments. When Rekha was making this dish, it was pouring outside. The air got nippy, and as the aroma of the food rose up, we started thinking of this peanut curry with hot soft Jowar Roti.
Do send comments on this one. Rekha will be very pleased.