Coconut chutney

Time 20 minutes
Yields Makes 1 1/2 cups
Coconut chutney

Place the water and tamarind paste in a small saucepan and simmer until the paste is softened.


Place the coconut, chile, ginger, chana dal, tamarind paste mixture and salt in a blender container and puree until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.


Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat to the smoking point and add the mustard seeds. Cover to avoid any oil splatters. After the mustard seeds pop, toss in the curry leaves and cover again, 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and add to the bowl. Mix thoroughly.

The chutney tastes best when eaten on the same day. It can be refrigerated but not frozen, and has to be brought back to room temperature and mixed with some warm water before being served. Do not microwave.

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