Coconut or Nariyal Chutney is a great accompaniment to South Indian dishes such as idli and dosa. Coconut Chutney is usually very easy to prepare with grinding the main ingredients, adding a quick tadka (tempered seasoning) to it and it is ready to be served. Accompanying your meal with chutney can add flavor, variety and many healthy nutrients to your diet.
Variations of Coconut Chutney
There are many variations of coconut chutney - you can make it just with coconut or add mint or cilantro (coriander) or add peanut. This recipe makes coconut chutney with cilantro and peanuts, but as you can see they are optional. They each add additional flavor to the chutney.
Coconut has been used in pacific and asian cultures since a long time. However now it has become popular all over the world, with people realizing it's health benefits. Even though coconut is rich in calories and fats, it is considered one of the healthiest fats. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, and boosts the immune system.
How to make Coconut Chutney?
As I mentioned, I like to add roasted peanut to the chutney. It adds great flavor to the chutney, and also makes it smooth and creamy. But if you don't have peanut at home, don't worry and make the chutney without it. I use the Vitamix blender to make chutney, as it is powerful and helps to get the chutney to a smooth consistency. That said, you can use any blender you have handy.
If you like this chutney, check out another favorite south indian chutney - Peanut Chutney.
Cilantro Coconut Chutney
- Grind together all ingredients mentioned above for chutney. Add small quantities of water to assist in grinding and to get the desired consistency. Remove and set aside in a bowl.
- Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the urad dal and chana dal.
- Once the dal turns golden brown, add the asoefotida and curry leaves. Let them cook until the curry leaves turn crispy.
- Tadka is ready, pour it into the chutney immediately. Mix it in.
- Chutney is ready to be served with idli or dosa.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.