Today I am sharing a very simple and nutritious recipe from North Karnataka. Few years I got an opportunity to taste this delicious dish and instantly fell in love with it. It is made with easily available ingredients at home. Make this on hectic days and serve with rice or roti. People allergic to nuts please avoid it. Shenga saaru / Peanut rasam is a quick and delicious accompaniment .It takes less than 25 minutes to whip up. Interesting right?…


  • Roasted Peanuts: Roast the peanuts and remove the skin. De skinned peanuts give a nice texture to the rasam.
  • Garlic Cloves: Garlic cloves enhance the taste of this rasam. It helps to reduce inflammation and has many health benefits.
  • Green Chilli:Green chillies give some spice kick to the rasam. Increase or decrease the quantity as per your spice tolerance.
  • Fresh Coriander: Fresh Coriander adds a nice aroma to the rasam. Use it for its health benefits.
  • Fresh Curry leaves: Main ingredient for any rasam variety.

Some Rasam Varieties :

The list is huge. I am just mentioning some popular varieties here.

What is the theme for Shhhhh Cooking?

December Month theme is suggested by the admins.We have to share Healthy recipes for this theme. Check out delicious Curried Chickpea stuffed Sweet Potato by Mayuri dee .My Partner is Meera .She gave me two secret Ingredients Peanut and Mustard . I whipped up this delicious Peanut rasam .Check out her recipe here.



Preethi Prasad
Quick delicious rasam made with Peanuts from the land of North Karnataka. It is very nutritious and addictive rasam . This protein rich rasam can be whipped in less than 30 minutes.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 People


  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Wide Bottom Pan
  • 1 Spatula


  • 1 Cup Roasted and de skinned peanuts
  • 6 Nos Green Chillies
  • 1 Cup Fresh Coriander
  • 2 Sprigs Curry leaves
  • 10 Nos Garlic Cloves
  • 2.5 Cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1 No Lemon Sized Tamrind

For Tadka / Tempering

  • 1 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1.5 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing


  • Dry roast peanuts in a pan and remove the skin. Keep it aside
  • In the same pan heat a tsp of oil. Add garlic and roast for a minute
  • Add green chillies , coriander , tamrind and curry leaves . Mix and roast for a minute
  • Turn off the heat.
  • In a blender add roasted peanuts , garlic ,green chilli ,coriander, curry leaves and tamrind and blend to a fine paste.
  • Heat a tsp oil in a pan . Add jeera , mustard and asafoetida. Once it splutters add the peanut mixture.
  • Add turmeric ,salt and water to adjust the consistency.
  • Turn of the heat once it starts to simmer.
  • Garnish with some chilli flakes .This is completely optional.
  • Serve with hot rice , pickle and sandige .
  • Enjoy……………………………


  1. There are many variations to this shenga saaru. This is one of the simplest recipe.
  2. Some add Tamrind and some don’t.
  3. Adding Fresh Coconut is completely optional.
  4. Adjust the number of green chillies as per your spice tolerance.
  5. Enjoy it as a soup if you wish too. 
  6. If you are allergic to peanuts please avoid it.
  7. This recipe is perfect for my family.


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14 thoughts on “SHENGA SAARU / PEANUT RASAM”

  1. 5 stars
    Peanut Rasam is something very new to me. It sounds so delicious, I am already salivating. We love everything with peanuts, so I am sure we will enjoy this nutritious and healthy rasam. Will try it soon.

  2. 5 stars
    Preethi looking at the photo in the group I thought you had prepared kadhi. Peanut Rasam looks super tempting, so creamy and different from all the other rasams I’ve had. This is a must try recipe as hubby loves anything with peanuts.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow South Indians have so many rasam or sambhar varieties as we have the parathas. Never thought of a rasam with peanuts and this looks an easy recipe and handy too as peanuts are generally there in the pantry. Looks yum

  4. 5 stars
    Love this unique rasam recipe filled with the goodness of peanuts! We love rasam at home, and are always looking for different ways to make it. This definitely sounds very flavourful and interesting – bookmarking the recipe to try out shortly.

  5. 5 stars
    Decade back I think I tasted this saaru in my aunt’s place di. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks super tasty. Love to have this with hot steamed rice and even with chapati’s.

  6. 5 stars
    Peanut rasam is something new to me. I believe this is such an easy dish to make if we have some roasted peanuts in hand. I would love to try it.

  7. 5 stars
    what a brilliant share, Preethi ! North KArnataka cuisine dishes like these are true gems, and this shenga saaru would be loved at home, I must say !
    PS – loving the new layout of the blog too !

  8. 5 stars
    Wow Preethi peanut rasam looks awesome. I love peanut in anything. And this rasam sounds absolutely mouthwatering. Also loved your click and the bowl. I would love to try it soon.

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