Monday, April 15, 2013

Tender Coconut Chutney/Dip

Being a South Indian brought up in the East & in a cosmo city I have enjoyed all the multi-cultural cuisines there. I developed a taste different from that of a typical South-Indian.

All dishes ranging from Bihari, Bengali, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Punjabi, Sindhi and of course South Indian is what I have grown up with.

But, each time my mother prepared Dosas I would ask her to necessarily grind some fresh coconut chutney for me. I loved it more with the chutney than a Sambar or any curry.

I also have a new found love for Tender coconut water. It is very  nourishing & rejuvenates your skin.
Many people just drink the water & throw away the coconut. Instead try the sweet & slurrpy coconut meat which is gel like. You can ask the seller to scrape out the meat. When the coconut matures the meat is thicker & will require a strong bite.
When tender it is more like gelatine. 

I sometimes like to stock tender coconuts at home & offer the chilled drink it to my family whenever they come home tired. It is just so refreshing. 

At home my husband wanted Dosa for dinner & the nearest vegetable vendor did not have coconuts. So, instead of using a mature coconut I thought of experimenting with the tender coconut.

I emptied the water in a glass & stored it in the refrigerator before serving. Meanwhile, I asked my husband to give me a hand to get the malai/coconut meat out of the coconut. And, VOILA! I happened to make one of the best chutneys ever!

Here is what you need:

  • Tender coconut meat/malai - of 1 coconut
  • Garlic - 6 cloves
  • Green Coriander leaves - a small bunch
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp, for tempering
  • Oil - 1.5 tsp, for tempering
  • Salt - as per taste

Get a blender & throw in the malai, garlic cloves, coriander leaves, green chillies & salt. Blend them all!
Temper it with mustard seeds.

The fresh, healthy & refreshing chutney dip is ready to go with your dosas, idlis & appams!

You may skip garlic if you don't like it.


  1. wow tender coconut chutney... love it...

  2. wow looks fab tempting

  3. Easy and tasty dip, goes well with hot idlis..

  4. Sounds quite delicious and totally new for me..

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  6. Wow tender coconut chutney sounds interesting, must be very delicious too :)

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  10. Tender coconut chutney sounds interesting. I have never tasted the same!



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