Jul 7, 2009

Few Weddings and a Chutney (Till Kuttaa)

I have always enjoyed attending weddings especially the ones in my family. Every time one of my numerous cousins would get married our whole family would converge to participate and help in the wedding preparation. While the kids were busy running around and the bride-to-be shopping all over town, my mom and aunts would gather in the kitchen and cook food while catching up on family gossip. Through all those scrumptious meals the one constant for me was my mom’s sesame and peanut chutney or till kuttaa as it is called in Maharashtrian households. She would make a big jar of it and everyone had it by the spoonful with their meals. It is also a dining table staple in our house the rest of the year as well.

It is one of those things you get so used to you never pay much attention to it -- till you have to make it. When I decided to enter Think Spice – Sesame event, hosted by Padmaja and originally started by Sunitha , I immediately thought of my mom’s sesame chutney. Of course, my mom always eyeballed the ingredients so all I could get from her over the phone was “a handful of seasame and a bowl of peanut, some red chili and some grated coconut.” I experimented with different proportions of peanuts and sesame till I found the right match. Here’s my mom’s sesame peanut chutney.
Sesame Peanut Chutney

1 cup peanuts, roasted and crushed
¼ cup sesame seeds
4 tbsp shredded dry coconut
1 clove of garlic (optional)
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste


Dry roast the sesame seeds on low heat till they start to pop. Separately dry roast the shredded coconut till it turns a light brown color.
Let the sesame seeds and coconut cool down. Grind all the ingredients in a mini food processor or blender to a coarse consistency.
Caution: Do not grind it too much or the oils from the sesame, peanuts and coconut will make the chutney lumpy.
The chutney will keep in an air tight jar for up to two weeks if you don’t finish it off first.

This chutney also goes off to Pavani of Cook's Hideout who is hosting JFI -- Peanuts this month, originally started by Mahanandi .


  1. Delicious chutney Jaya. I'm going to try this soon. Thanks for sending it over to JFI.

  2. I do enjoy weddings a lot, especially if its in the family, its so much of fun! sesame peanut chutney looks delicious dear!

  3. Sounds delicious, Jaya, and it's something I've never had before. I can just imagine how delicious that sesame-coconut-sugar combination would be. In fact, my mouth's watering right now!
    And yes, I can't wait to see your vegan version of totted kick! :)

  4. Love the sound of this chutney, it has all my favorite ingredients and I am sure it tastes superb...looking forward to trying it :-)

  5. I have never had this but everything together sounds so good.


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