3—Peanut (Shengdanyachi) Amti
A simple and easy peanut curry for Navratri fasting from Maharashtra.
- ¾ cup peanuts
- 1 green chili
- ½ inch cinnamon
- 2 cloves
- 1 tsp powdered jaggery
- 2 to 3 kokums * check notes
- 1.5 cups water
- ½ cup water for grinding
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp ghee
- rock salt as required
- few chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
- Dry roast the peanuts in a pan on a low flame till golden. Don’t burn them.
- Remove and let the peanuts cool.
- Then just rub the peanuts between your palms. Their skins will peel off. Do this with all the roasted peanuts. The skins have to remove from all the peanuts.
- If you can get peanuts without their skins, then its easy.
- Take the peanuts in a grinder and powder them coarsely.
- Then add green chilies, cinnamon, cloves and ½ cup water in the same jar.
- Grind the peanuts along with the rest of the ingredients to a smooth paste.
- Heat ghee in a pan.
- Splutter the cumin seeds in the ghee.
- Add the peanut paste followed by 1.5 cups water.
- Stir very well.
- Then add the kokums, salt and jaggery.
- On a low flame simmer the peanut curry for 7 to 8 minutes with stirring at intervals.
- If the curry thickens, then thin it slightly by adding little water.
- Serve the peanut curry garnished with coriander leaves with vari rice or vari pulao.
* If you do not have kokum, then substitute with tamarind or tamarind paste. Just add a small piece of tamarind to the peanuts while grinding. For tamarind paste, you can use about one-fourth teaspoon of it and add when you add water.
Why nine days and nine nights?
Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess Maa Durga. On the first three days, the Maa is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the maa is revered as a giver of spiritual wealth Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.