Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney
 Coconut Chutney is the super easy side dish for idly or dosa. It is the best when the coconut is fresh and sweet. Whenever we break a coconut, the first thing we do is grind coconut chutney. We usually grate coconuts unless we are in a hurry, we take out pieces with a help of a knife. But, we always prefer the grated ones so that we can avoid the brown part of the coconut that come along when u take it with a knife.
Hot idlies, sambar and coconut chutney are the deadliest combo in any given time.

Coconut Chutney

Author: Savitha
Prep Time 5 mins (if you have to grate coconut then 15 mins)
Cook Time 2 mins (for tempering)

Key Ingredients

Grated coconut 1 cup (250 ml)
Fried bengal gram 1 tbsp
curry leaves 4-5
green chillies 2-3 (depends on the taste)
For tempering
Cooking oil 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Urad dhal 1/2 tsp
Hing/ asfoetida 1/2 tsp
Chopped curry leaves 2-3
1. Take a blender jar and add all the key ingredients
2. You can avoid adding fried bengal gram, if you prefer adding only coconut to your chutney. Adding bengal gram gives volume and good consistency.
3. Grind it till you get a smooth paste.
4. Transfer it to a container.
5. In a kadai, heat cooking oil, add mustard seeds, when it crackles, add urad dhal
6. Wait till it turns golden brown, Now, turn off the stove and add Hing, chopped curry leaves.

Serve it with hot Idlies or dosas. Best when served alongside sambar.

Adding a punch
If you want the real sweet taste of the coconut, try adding the coconut water (the one which you get while you break a coconut) to the chutney instead of adding water. This will enhance the taste of the coconut and gives a punch!

Coconut chutney variants

1. Add one/ two garlic pod along the ingredients to be ground. This gives a great taste of garlic, if you add more garlic you may have the raw smell dominate.

2. Another variant is you can add one peeled small/ sambar onion while grinding the ingredients. This is the coconut chutney served in popular hotels across Tamil Nadu.
3. You can even add an inch long ginger while grinding the ingredients. This will become coconut-ginger chutney. This gives a pep to the traditional coconut chutney.4. While grinding the chutney, you can even add the coconut water that you collect after breaking the coconut. This gives a sweet taste to the chutney.
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