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Friday, April 17, 2020

Coconut Mint Sauce

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Masala Dosa served with Coconut Mint Sauce
Its quarantine and everyone is busy in shaping their inner flair by either cleaning, cooking, painting, dancing, reading and maybe chilling with their loved ones around. I personally think that these days aren't any different for those who are introvert, teleworkers, and especially for our MOMs. Since the lockdown days, I feel happy when I go through all the ongoing hashtags and trends and see that people these days are busy showcasing their life either by simply sharing their household activities or cooking skills or sharing some of their hygiene and self care advice.
Before the lock down, we all were playing our bit in household activities along with our professional obligation. When everyone's Maa works all day, night selflessly for the bunch of mains to fulfill our basic to luxury demands. Also, when housewives perpetually carry out responsibilities of their family, when papa or husband look after us by either working hard at professional front or checking the IN and OUTS of ration and grocery needs, when our elderly of house take care of our mental being by simply giving us a hair oil massage or comforting and motivating us to do something positive and inspiring, when the little ones of our house keeps us busy in some craft or playful activities, ah! And how can I forget ME (US) when we used to take a weekend break after all the daily events and stop at a beauty spa for the self care regime but always in a hurry.

Everything is so same, then why is the desideratum to post pictures on instagram or any social media?? Why are we making our standard activities look so substantial?? 
The only difference between earlier and now is that we have taken a stoppage from all the outdoor drama and have started appreciating these little things. There was a time when these things weren’t our priorities. We had so much but yet we were looking for something unprecedented. There are a few who manages to take out some time and get their hands dirty with some indoor gardening or diy projects while there are many who avoid cooking, crafting, etc. because they find it unproductive. I think that this COVID19 has not only given time to Earth to heal but also a tonic for those who were missing the simplest pleasures of life. Taking a pause from mobile phones and spending some quality time with loved ones either by playing normal ludo, badminton, chess, baking or by changing the decor of your room, this outdoor halt was so much needed. Definitely, the consequences are too frightening, but if we maintain the hygiene and safety what can go wrong??
I hope everyone is taking care of their health and for that I have one quick recipe for you, this recipe will add a kick to any home cooked dish during these boring indoor days. Coconut mint chutney is basically a sauce that can be made in 15 minutes plus its freezer friendly. I serve it all the time with my south Indian or Gujarati food menu and Hashim enjoys to dip it with fried fish and grilled food. It not only looks good, but it tastes amazing and believe me it’s a must try sauce for sure.

Masala Dosa served with Coconut Mint Chutney

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: 2 persons
1 cup fresh grated Coconut
1 teaspoon of chopped Mint leaves
3 tablespoons of chopped Cilantro
3-4 Garlic cloves
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon sugar, add more as per your preference
2-3 chopped green chilies, spice as desired
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons water for grinding
Salt, according to taste
  • In a blender, add chopped cilantro, grated fresh coconut, 1 tablespoon each chopped ginger and garlic, 1 teaspoon mint leaves, 2-3 chopped green chilies, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sugar and salt as per the preference.
  • Blend everything together into a smooth paste, add water as per the desired consistency and adjust the seasonings. Serve it with warm medu vadas, dhokla, veg or non veg curry and rice or simply use it as a spread on your vegetable sandwiches.

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