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Coconut Chutney with Chana Gram Dal

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A healthy specialty of South India

Coconut is a complete food and has all the omega oil that the body needs in the appropriate quantity. Therefore, mothers unable to produce breast milk for their newborn child for whatever reason are fed with fresh coconut milk. Coconut milk from the pulp of dry coconut has been proven in recent studies to have the nutritional equivalent of mother’s milk. This is a common practice in southern India as most local people have a deep comprehension of the science Ayurvedic medicine of nutritional wisdom.

Part of South Indian Cuisine “Tengah Chutney,” as it is called in Tamil. Coconut chutney is a must with Dosa (Rice & Urad dal pancake or crepes depending on its size and thickness). After you have tasted the original stuff, it is so good you will undoubtedly come back for more mmmm. 🙂

To make this chutney, the essential ingredients are chana dal, fresh curry leaves, and freshly grated coconuts. Add all ingredients into a blender and whisk it. In the olden days where there was no blender, it was ground in hollowed-out granite stone with a granite mortar crushing it slowly manually makes a great difference in taste and consistency. The curry leaves are one of the five variations of neem leaves; these are what give the chutney its unique signature flavor.

From Wikipedia (The curry tree (Murraya koenigii) is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae (the rue family, which includes rue, citrus, and satinwood), which is native to India and Sri Lanka. Its leaves are used in many dishes in India, Sri Lanka, and neighboring countries. Often used in curries, the leaves are generally called by the name ‘curry leaves.’ However, they are also literally ‘sweet neem leaves’ in most Indian languages (instead of ordinary neem leaves, which are very bitter and in the family Meliaceae, not Rutaceae).

Coconut Chutney with Chana Gram Dal

Pestos, Dips & Sauces Dadaji Fusion Recipes
Serves: 5
Prep Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 5 min Total Time: 20 min

Coconut is rich in healthy fats, fiber, copper, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and manganese. While coconuts are high in fats, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that they contain actually help lower triglycerides in your body, thus aiding in weight loss. These, in combination with fiber and minerals, also help lower bad cholesterol levels and belly fat, which is often a precursor to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Coconuts are rich in amino acids, fiber, healthy fats, and low in carbs, which help lower blood sugar levels.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 whole coconut
  • 1 thumb size ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 small green chilli (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 sprigs fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds

Instructions

1

Deshell the coconut and remove the flesh.

2

Place the coconut flesh into a blender.

3

Add coriander leaves, one cup of water, and salt set aside.

4

Heat coconut oil to a saucepan set over medium heat until melted and hot; sauté half of chana dal for about 5 minutes or until crisp.

5

Add the roasted chana dal to the coconut mixture and blend until smooth.

6

Heat the remaining coconut oil in the same saucepan over medium heat andsauté mustard seeds, finely chopped ginger, curry leaves, and green chilli for 2 minutes or until the mustard seeds start cracking.

7

Serve the coconut chutney topped with sauteed mustard seed mixture. It tastes amazing with the Indian dosa.

Nutrition

  • 363 Calories
  • 21.2g Carbohydrates
  • 30.9g Fat
  • 10.1g Fiber
  • 5.6g Protein
  • 26g Saturated fat
  • 511mg Sodium
  • 6.5g Sugar

Notes

Coconut is a complete food and has all the omega oil that the body needs in the appropriate quantity. Mothers in south India and some parts of Indonesia, Philippines, who do not have breast milk after their child is born for whatever reason, are fed with fresh coconut milk. Coconut milk from the pulp of dry coconut has been proven in recent studies to have the nutritional equivalent to mother's milk. https://draxe.com/coconut-milk-nutrition/

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