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Green chillies in peanut & sesame sauce

Green chillies in peanut & sesame sauce

This recipe by Aktar Islam is incredibly versatile – you can add different vegetables and serve it with your choice of curries, breads and rice. 

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  • Serves4
  • CourseSide
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook50 mins
  • Total time1 hr 10 mins


  • 2 tbsp blanched peanuts
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp desicated coconut
  • 4 clove/s garlic
  • 30g ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 75ml vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 500g green chillies, slit on one side
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 pack fresh curry leaves
  • 2 echalion shallots, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp palm sugar or light brown soft sugar
  • Naan, roti or rice, to serve (optional)


  1. Put the peanuts, sesame seeds and coconut in a large nonstick wok or frying pan. Cook over a medium heat until golden (2-3 minutes), stirring. Transfer to a small food processor (or spice grinder) with the garlic, ginger and 100ml water; whizz to a purée and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in the same pan, add the chillies and fry until they blister (8-10 minutes). Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate and set aside. Add the mustard seeds to the pan, allow to pop for 30 seconds, then add the cumin, curry leaves and shallots; reduce the heat. Cook until the shallots are translucent (8-10 minutes), then add the turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, coriander and salt; cook over a low heat for 1 minute.

  3. Add the peanut paste to the pan and cook gently for 2 minutes, then stir in the tamarind and palm sugar with 250ml water. Return the chillies to the pan and simmer until the sauce thickens (about 20 minutes); season. Serve with naan, roti or steamed rice, if liked.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,480kJ/ 358kcals



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