Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fresh Mint & Coconut Chutney

The "Fresh Mint and Coconut Chutney" (page 564) was very simple to prepare and added a nice sparkle to the  "Red Lentil Patties in Pita"  . Five simple ingredients - fresh mint, hot red chili, lemon juice, salt and coconut - combine for an explosion of flavor. What kept this even simpler for me was using crushed red chili flakes and shredded coconut (as opposed to fresh), and skipping the instruction to "process to a paste" in a blender or food processor. I think of chutney as a chunky condiment, much like a chunky salsa, and blending into a paste didn't seem as appealing. No changes were necessary to keep this dish McDougall friendly, although coconut isn't a food you want to indulge in on a regular basis. In a condiment such as this chutney, however, a little goes a long way.

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