This is one of our family favourites. Even though it’s traditionally a south indian chutney used for dipping idli, dosa, uttapam, and other similar fermented doughs, we find it great for dipping in all manner of hot indian snacks such as samosas, cutlets, pakodas, and onion bhajis. It’s very cooling, refreshing, and an ideal dip for the summer. The dip is often slightly spiced as well, but you can tone this to suit your one taste. It can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days in the fridge.
– 350g of grated coconut
– 1 tbsp chana dal
– 5g of dried ginger slices, finely chopped
– 6-10 sprigs of cilantro, stems and all
– 2-3 green chillies, roughly chopped
– 1 tsp of tamarind concentrate
– 1/2 cup of yogurt
– Warm water as needed
– 3-5g salt (we prefer black salt for a more homey, authentic taste)
– 1 tbsp of oil
– 5g (1 tsp) of black mustard seeds
– 3-5 dried red chillies, we prefer kashmiri chillies
– 0.5 to 1g (1/8-1/4 tsp) of hing powder, also known as asafoetida
– 10-15 curry leaves
– 4g (1 tsp) of urad dal (skinless)
1. In a small skillet or pan, dry-roast the chana dal, ginger, chilies, and cilantro over medium-low heat for about 2-4 minutes, just to reduce some of the raw flavors.
2. Combine these ingredients with the coconut, tamarind, and yogurt/coconut milk in a good blender or food processor and reduce to a creamy, pale-green paste. If needed, add a little warm water to keep it moving in the blender. Salt to taste.
3. In a small skillet or pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the mustard seeds and let them crackle, then add the red chilies, hing powder, and urad dal. When you see the dal beginning to take on color, add the curry leaves and remove from heat. Stir slightly, then pour into the coconut chutney and mix to combine.