PEANUT AND YOGURT PESTO
A quick, vegetarian pesto with a crunch. The peanut and yogurt pesto can be whipped up in 5 minutes and is lovely with toasted flatbread at a party. The smoky flavour of cumin is a perfect flavour match for yogurt.
Preparation Time - 5 minutes
Cooking Time - 5 minutes
Makes - 1 cup
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1/4 cup avocado oil + extra to drizzle
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Dry roast peanut, salt and cumin in a pan on medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Bring out the mortar and pestle. Transfer peanut mix to the bowl. Add avocado oil. Gently grind using the pestle for about 2 minutes. Spoon through the yogurt and mix gently. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with chili powder and drizzle with extra oil.
Notes & Ideas
Besides the obvious serving suggestion of putting it on a cheese platter with some toasted lavash or crispbread or crackers, here are some more ideas to use this gem of a pantry staple.
* Wash and scrub some baby potatoes, slit them halfway through in two spots with a sharp knife. Stuff this pesto in the slits and pan fry them uncovered on high heat and then later on low heat with a bit of water added till they are done.
* Spread them on baguette slices, top with a fresh salad like the Kachumber and serve.
* Slather in brunch sandwiches instead of butter or cheese.
* Stir through in savoury muffins before baking.
Hi Sneh! This is such a fantastic idea... really, really inventive. I am wondering what rural Italians would think though, in terms of this being a 'pesto'! I think my friend's very traditional nonna would probably bop me over the head with a rolling pin if I made this! Thanks for sharing though. I'll definitely be giving it a go (without any nonna's seeing!) x
I love the therapeutic nature of crushing and mashing, when using a mortar & pestle.
I am going to have to make this for my Man - who loves peanuts.
Your recipe will make an amazing sauce, I'll definitely try it! Also, you should try Tex Mex tofu pasta, here: http://www.4shapestraining.com/tex-mex-tofu-pasta/
What a an interesting idea!! I adore the pesto in all ways and since I make the yogurt at home this idea is perfect for me! Thanks a lot!!
I just keep looking at that beautiful font you've used, it's wonderful and works perfectly with the images.
Fabulous recipe Sneh! I am totally loving this creation...easy and tasty! The cumin def adds a zing to this too!
I love this recipe! Sounds like the perfect topping for a sweet potato, kale and haloumi salad. YUM!
Sneh this is a simple and really nice idea, Crunchy and creamy and added cummin. Thanks for this great recipe
I also could not believe the ingredients at first glance: peanut pesto - you had to be kiddin' 🙂 ! And I also can't wait to try it, Sneh! Besides, would love a new mortar and pestle: off to the 'House', hoping they still have some in stock!!! Thanks!
I was skeptical too when I first started experimenting. I bought this set from House 6 years ago. If you don't find it there, try these links,
the heavier it is, the better!
Thanks a million Sneh for the links! My heavy one had to be superannuated and am quite lost without it! Have a happy Sunday 🙂 !
My mom makes a okra curry with peanuts .. and I had totally forgotten about it until you mentioned it out here 🙂
And got to try this pesto!
Super interesting combination! I think I might try not only the stuffed potato, but stuffed sweet potato. Or maybe I'd try it as a sauce for wilted kale. Thanks for the great idea!
aha, I like the wilted kale idea .. could extend it to spinach too. Thnx for that!
Avocado oil is new to me. U've got me curious now. Don't think we get it here in Singapore..
New to me too, maybe try online specialty grocers? You can also substitute with extra virgin olive oil if you wish. Same lovely colour!
I adore pesto and I think my favorite creation has been one with rocket leaves and cashew nuts (recipe on blog) but I need to try this. Looks divine!
A wonderful pesto! Your pictures and stunning and marvelously moody.
When I read the headline I was dubious, but now that I have read your methodology and ingredient list I am excited. Wow! Can't wait to try this!
I don't do dairy or legumes but I absolute dig this post's photos.
I can only imagine how this tastes! Will whip up a batch really soon
Yum! This sounds so good Sneh. And love the styling too... 89 cents for the plates and bowls? Bargain!!!
This is so great! I'm definitely making this tonight.
Hey, my first ever comment on your space.Quick and easy pesto recipe, can experiment this with all kinds of breads and veggies. Thank You for sharing.