Saturday, October 20, 2012

Coconut Chutney

An accompaniment to dosa, idli, vada, pakora, baji, and more...

1 cup grated coconut
2 green chiles, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic
1 quarter size piece of ginger
2 tablespoons rough chopped onion (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon urad dal
10 curry leaves
1 tablespoon oil

Combine coconut, chiles, garlic, ginger and onion in a blender (mixie).  Blend well, adding just enough water to keep the blender running smoothly.  (Or, add to your desired consistency, noting that the chutney will thicken slightly as it sits.)  Add salt, to taste.  When done blending, the coconut mixture should be just smooth.  This will take 3-5 minutes depending on the efficiency of your blender.  Put the mixture into a bowl, set aside.

Heat oil in a small frying pan - add seasonings: cumin, mustard, urad, curry leaves, red chiles.  When mustard seeds pop, turn off the heat and pour the seasonings and oil into the coconut mixture.  Stir until combined. 

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