Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Coconut Chammanthi(Thenga Chammanthi) and an Award!

Thenga Chammanthi is something that's made at home everytime a biriyani is made whether it is a fish biriyani or lamb or anything else. This Chammanthi along with Cucumber-Carrot Raitha is indispensable for biriyani days at home. I think all at my home, including me got into the habit of having chammanthi that we cant even eat biriyani without having a coconut chammanthi. After I joined my husband here, I just make them once in a while when I really really feel like having them. main reason is, by the time I finish up with the Biriyani itself I would be exhausted. Apart from that I get frozen coconuts here which should be defrosted hours before the chammanthi is made and in spite of all that I got a nasty food grinder which just doesn’t grind my coconut well. I have to feed it little by little and give it a shake every second to prevent from getting stuck and have to add water to get it ground to some level. It came along with my Kenwood Food Processor and I mainly bought it because of this grinder. It is said to be the spice grinder. Can you believe, the other day, I ground some pepper corns in it when I ran out of pepper powder and what happened after grinding them was, my spice grinder got cracks all over it and I had to tape it all around to prevent further cracking!!!Now my grinder is something like a person injured and plastered all over, as you see in Hindi movies. Just waiting to go to India to get the 'Sumeet' Grinder. It has got an amazing Chutney grinder in it. Sigh!

Another Happy thing is that My blogger Friend Pooja has passed on this lovely Award. Thank you a lot Pooja. That is really an inspiration.

Anyways here is the simple recipe for Coconut Chammanthi made at home to go with the Mutton Biriyanior any other Malabar Biriyani.

2 cups freshly grated coconut
a small piece of ginger (About 1 1/2 cm)
3 large cloves of garlic
2 green chillies
1 1/2 - 2 tbs lime/lemon juice
6 mint leaves
few coriander leaves
salt - As required

1. Grind coconut, ginger, garlic and green chilli until well ground in a grinder.
2. Add the leaves and grind until well crushed.
3. Add lime juice and season well with salt.
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