Street style peanut chat-Groundnut Chat

Peanut ChatPeanut Chat is the most common street chat available in Chennai. I have a very sensitive stomach and hence I do not adventure into tasting food. Sometimes I become so finicky that  I prefer to travel with my small rice cooker than experimenting food. Given this, I am not too much for taking street food. But things at my home are very different. I have two sons and they join my husband to experiment whatever comes on the way. To keep them at home, I need to recreate street style food also. And hence this peanut chat.

This season in Chennai, fresh tender peanut is available a plenty. It is sold here in a measurement called “padi”. My husband saw a vendor near our house and got 2 packets of raw tender peanuts with each packet having 2 padi. I made traditional boiling of peanut with salt and there was hardly any taker. And then I remembered this recipe and made this chat. Believe me, my sons finished the whole lot in a go. Sometimes nutritious food need to be pepped up. Here is a simple recipe for you to try.


Peanut Chat
Peanut Chat
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
  • 2 Cups Fresh peanut removed from pod
  • 1 Tsp Salt
Vegetable Mix
  • 1 Nos Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 Nos Tomato Finely chopped
  • 1 Nos Carrot Grated
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander leaves Finely chopped
  • 1/2 Nos Lemon Squeezed
  • 1/4 Tsp Chat masala
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida powder/Perungayam
  1. Pressure cook the peanuts along with salt by adding water. Cook till they are tender and cool them to room temperature.

  2. Drain excess water and add the Chat masala and Asafoetida powder to the peanut and mix well. Add the cut vegetables (except lemon) and mix with the peanut well.

  3. Squeeze lemon on top and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*I had used fresh tender peanut. You can use the store bought dry peanuts also. If using dry peanuts, soak them for an hour and pressure cook. 


*You can add grated cucumber and grated mango also. They add zest to the dish. I did not have them on stock and hence did not add. 


*Serve immediately as onions tend to leave water when mixed with salt. 

Street Style Peanut Chat – Step by Step pictures


*De-seed tender peanut and cook peanut till tender along with salt.Peanut Chat

*Add chat masala and asafoetida powder to peanut and mix well.Peanut Chat

*Drain excess water from peanut and mix the cooked peanut with cut vegetables.

*Squeeze lemon on top and serve immediately.


Related: Did you try instant karamani sundal and moong sundal. They are nutritious quick snacks you can try.

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