Recipe: Coconut Chutney

Coconut chutney is a very common side dish in South India. It is served with almost all the breakfast dishes, and many lunch and dinner dishes too. Up until this morning though, I had only ever had the coconut chutney served in restaurants and eateries. And to be honest, I was not a great fan.

My world was changed this morning by homemade coconut chutney. It was almost hard to believe that what I had been given previously even counted as coconut chutney, because when homemade, it tasted completely different. And it was good.

So here is the recipe for you to try at home:

Homemade Coconut Chutney

Serves 4

  • 1/2 fresh coconut flesh
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of dried tamarind
  • 7-10 curry leaves
  • 2 handfuls of split yellow pea daal (to quantity desired)
  1. Place ingredients in grinder with a little water
  2. Grind to paste
  3. Heat oil in pan, add teaspoon of mustard seeds, 7 more curry leaves and a dried red chilli.
  4. Add to chutney, and mix
  5. Enjoy with dosa, idli, or whatever it is that takes your fancy
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