Yummy Peanut Dip / Shenga Chutney from North Karnataka that goes with kadubu, dosa, idli, rotis and salads!
Hogayal, thuvayal or chutney is a nut-based ground preparation, served in homes across the Indian subcontinent since 500 BC. Most of them use coconut, peanut, sesame or other nuts as a base, flavoured with different herbs and spices. Some use raw vegetables as a base. This Shenga Chutney or Peanut Dip is made from roasted peanuts, flavoured using coriander leaves and pepper.
Chutneys today are popularly garnished with an oil tadka. This is unnecessary and does not add any health benefit to the chutney when nuts are already used. In fact, nut-based chutneys have plenty of natural oil by themselves, from the whole nut. This oil is of much better quality than any extracted oil, whether it is unrefined or refined.
This is the basic recipe. You can use it to make any number of variations, using ingredients like amla, jeera, pudina leaves etc. Have fun experimenting!