There is this accompaniment – a mango chutney or chamandi as it is known in Malayalam – which was and is a household favourite, to die for.
So, with Mum at home, we decided to revive old traditions and boy oh boy, did it vanish in seconds !
- 2 raw green mangoes (the sourer and rawer the better) skinned and chopped into smallish bits
- Some dried red chilies, stir fried in a dash of oil
- A knob of ginger
- Curry leaves
- A splash of coconut oil
- Fresh grated coconut
Blend the lot (except the coconut oil) together to a fine paste, then add the coconut oil and give it another whirr.
Its OMG all the way. And in the process, learned a bit of family lore – it was Dad’s recipe all along. Mum would prepare the ingredients (and quantities) and his greatest joy was in the blending before the eating.
Brilliant with rice, dosas … as an accompaniment to South Indian dishes.
All photos borrowed from the net, with thanks.