Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney

We have all had that dream of laying on the beach under the warm, golden sun, toes in the soft sand, the sound of crashing waves in your ears, and coconut in hand. But, with winter just around the corner and Covid19
restrictions in place, that dream seems further and further away. So why not bring some of that dream to your
kitchen?
That’s right add the unique coconut taste to any dish with the classic South Indian coconut chutney. While there’s no coconut in your hand, you will definitely feel like you’re enjoying a special treat no matter how many times you have it; a treat that’s healthy, gluten-free, and vegan no less!

Is Coconut Chutney Really Healthy? Why?

Yes, coconut chutney is really healthy because of its keingredient of course coconuts! First of all, unlike most other fruits, coconut provides a lot of saturated fat in the form of medium-trade triglycerides (MTC) that promotes weight-loss. Normally this would be something to watch out for, but having appropriate portions of the saturated fat available in coconuts can actually be good for you. Why?

The structure of MTCs is shorter than other types of fats received from animal meat, thus making it easier to digest, alongside promoting a sense of fullness.

MCTs are even metabolized differently than other fats, as it is immediately absorbed in the small intestine and then used for energy quickly.

(This is not to be confused with the health benefits of coconut oil, which offers rather neutral contributions to an individual’s diet neither too healthy nor too unhealthy.)

Coconuts are also good for stabilizing blood sugar, because it is rich in fibre and in amino acids. Coconuts are
especially high in its arginine content, an amino acid that helps release insulin to regulate blood sugar.
Finally, coconuts contain antioxidants that can prevent cell-damage. Particularly, coconut has antioxidants that
can prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol, thus reducing the formation of plaques in arteries that increase
the risk of heart disease.
That’s just the health benefits for the main ingredient. There are countless different kinds of coconut chutneys and each variation provides its own health benefits because of the other ingredients as well. Let’s dive into a few:
Types of Coconut Chutney:
1. Kerala Style Red Coconut Chutney Coconut chutney originated in the South Indian region of Kerala, and so several types of this chutney are Kerala styled. (Fun fact: coconut based chutneys are more popular in Southern and Western regions of India, because coastal areas have a lot of coconuts available to them.)
The primary ingredient beside coconuts include red chilli, one small onion, ginger, and tamarind. Red chillies are full of Vitamin C, which supports the immune system and fights heart disease. So indulge yourself a little with spice it’s for your health after all!
2. Green Coconut Chutney Coriander or Cilantro Based The vibrant green of coriander and/or cilantro based
coconut chutneys are enough to sway you to try just a bite. The best part? You need very few ingredients to make it. Along with the grated coconut and cilantro or coriander