Past week had a couple of holidays. This week, next week and week after that each have one holiday mid-week! Isnt that just awesome! Mid week holiday is a grace, it helps you go through the week happily. Wish all 52 weeks of the year were like these. I started my holiday with a nice, hot and hearty breakfast, followed by a swim! Yes I went swimming in the hot sun, shrugging aside all worries of getting a tan and it felt like going to the beach. And I was reminded of how much I really love swimming! After swimming for about an hour in the nearly empty pool, I got the membership form to take membership for 6 months. Right now I had gone as a friend’s guest.
Anyways this post is about what I ate before the swim. The South Indian in me craves for piping hot idlis and dosas every now and then. The idli craving I satisfy by buying it from the local anna who comes on a bicycle with three different huge containers carrying idli, chutney and sambhar. It fresh, warm and homemade and the guy stands just outside my building gate. Dosa is something I make quite often. In south we have a veriety of sides to be eaten with dosa. I am particularly fond of the tomato coconut garlic chutney which has a distinct flavour of garlic. It can replace normal coconut chutney and has so much more flavour in it. I wonder why its not usually served in Udupi restaurants.
With dosa I also made a mock chicken curry on the lines on chicken chettinad. When I was a non-vegetarian this was my favourite curry to go along with dosas but honestly I did not quite like the mock chicken curry that I made chettinad style. Not because of the chicken part but because of its heavy dose of spices. I realise that after turning vegan I prefer fresh green dishes to the overly spiced, fried ones. Hence I am not sharing the recipe of this curry here but here are the pics to give an idea.
And now some pics of bobo choco relaxing on my couch on a lazy holiday afternoon.
Finally the tomato garlic coconut chutney
Servings : 1 cup
Coconut – 1/4 of a coconut
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1
Garlic – 3-4
Green chillies – 2
Salt to taste
– Chop everything except coconut and salt
– Saute onion, garlic for some time then add tomatoes
– Grind coconut in the mixer and then add the sauteed veggies. Add salt to taste and the chutney is ready!