One of the better condiments you can have with curry dishes IMHO is roasted coconut chutney! And while that recipe consistently gets praised by fans of the website, I thought I’d UP the game and share my Fire Roasted Coconut Pineapple version with you today.
2 dry coconuts
1 small ripe pineapple
6-10 scotch bonnet peppers
2 limes (juice)
6 leaves shado beni (culantro)
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 large cloves garlic
*use cilantro if you cannot source culantro.
Important! Be very careful when removing the coconut from the shell with the pairing knife.
Crack the coconut in half and remove the inner flesh. I used the spine of my clever (a hammer will work too) to smash the dried coconut to crack and divide them. Then I used a pairing knife the separate the coconut flesh from the shell. Watch the video below.
Place the coconut directly onto the charcoal fire and roast. I also used the shell of the coconut as fuel for the fire. If you don’t have a coal pot as I used, you can grill the coconut on a propane BBQ or directly over the burners on your stove.
It will chaar and look burnt.. don’t stress, thats what we want.
Remove from the fire, cool, wash (scrub) and remove the burnt spots and outer skin with a knife (watch the video below).
Cut into small pieces so it’s easier work for the food processor or blender you’ll be using. Traditionally, a grater would be used.
Basically all you have to do now if place all the ingredients into your food processor and puree to the texture/consistency you like. Personally I like it with a bit of texture, so when it got to a sort of sandy texture, it was perfect for me. Some of you may want it more smooth so you don’t get a gritty sensation (on your teeth) when you use it.
Should it be too dry, you can add a splash of water or more lime juice.
The sweetness of the pineapple with help balance the heat of the scotch bonnet peppers. Yes, I kept the seeds and white membrane surrounding the seeds as I like this condiment SPICY! For additional flavor you can also grill the pineapple and scotch bonnet peppers!
As a kid on the islands I remember my grandmother would use a Sil and Lorha (grinding stone) to make this coconut chutney, but she never put pineapple in hers.
Use fresh or store in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days. Do adjust the salt if necessary and add more hot peppers if you prefer it more spicy. This is one of my fav condiments, especially as a side to curry dishes.
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