This is the most popular chuney which is made usually accompanying Idlis / steamed rice cakes or dosa / fried lentil and rice crepes . In some restuarants, plain coconut chutney is served, but in many homes this chutney is made.
Its a very simple chutney made with coconut and fried gram or lentils. Fried gram is a special kind of daal or lentil which is called putnalpappu in telugu or buna channa daal in hindi or it is simply also known as chutney daal.
Tho its called chutney daal, it is used in many other preparations as well.
Coconut with chutney daal, green chillies, tamarind and tempering makes it a easy chutney to make.
It takes about 10 min to make.
1/4 cup grated coconut (frozen, fresh or dry....I used frozen)
1/4 cup fried gram / chutney daal / buna chaana daal
1/2 tbsp tamarind juice / lemon juice (more or less...depending on taste....I used tamarind) (optional)
salt to taste
5-6 green chillies ( more or less)
1/4 tsp chaana daal
1/4 tsp urad daal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera
5-6 curry leaves
2 dry red chillies, broken
pinch of hing / inguva / asfoetida
1/2 tbsp oil
Grind fried gram, coconut, tamarind and green chillies with salt into a paste adding some water.
Heat oil in a small pot. Brown chaana daal and urad daal before adding the mustard seeds and jeera. Let them splutter and add the curry leaves, dry red chilli, hing and saute. Remove from heat and add the ground chutney and mix properly. Serve with idli, dosa, upma or any other breakfast you like to eat it with. Enjoy!!!