Tomato & Coconut Chutney
Ever since I have come back from Kashmir, I have been a bit of a snoozy cook partly trying to readjust to former routine and partly trying to use up ingredients in the kitchen.
Today’s chutney recipe was born out of one such snoozy moment.
Needed an accompaniment to go with sprouted moong and carrot idli I was having for dinner and had some tomato and freshly grated coconut kicking around in the refrigerator. Le voilà!
A very good friend of mine believes that unplanned experiences turn out to be the best and most memorable ones. This recipe is a testament of that.
If you plan to try it, feel free to substitute/add/modify with whatever you have lying around.
1 Cup freshly grated coconut
2 Tomato, large and ripe
15-20 Curry lreaves
Fresh ginger, the size of your thumb
3-4 Fresh chilli (red or green)
1 Tablespoon dalia dal (roasted split bengal gram)
1 Tablespoon urad dal (black gram)
1 Teaspoon mustard seed
1 Teaspoon asafoetida
1/2 Cup water
1 Tablespoon peanut or sesame oil
Salt to taste
- Peel, wash and roughly chop the onion.
- Wash and roughly chop the tomato.
- Wash and slice the chilli.
- Peel, wash and chop the ginger.
- Wash the curry leaves.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan.
- Once it is hot, lower the heat and throw in the mustard seeds.
- As soon as they start spluttering, add the asafoetida.
- Stir for about 15 seconds and add the dalia dal and urad dal.
- Cook for a few minutes till both the dals turn a shade darker.
- Next, add the curry leaves and stir for a couple of minutes till they become slightly crispy.
- Add the onions, chilli and ginger along with salt to taste.
- Mix well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Uncover and add the grated coconut.
- Stir around a bit and cook for about 5 minutes till the coconut turns a bit toasty. You will also get a nice coconut-y aroma.
- Add the tomatoes and water.
- Mix well, cover and cook for about 8 minutes.
- Take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool down completely.
- Once cool, put in a blender or a food processor and blend till you get smooth consistency.