Tomato Chutney πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³πŸ… The Perfect Partner For Samosas πŸ₯ŸπŸ€Œ

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For far too long I've been meaning to share my tomato chutney recipe with Hive, and there is no time like the present despite my kitchen not being photo-friendly.

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This chutney combined with onion samosas is now of Monkey-B's favorite foods, well, at least she shows the most excitement when I am preparing this combination. It's not extremely spicy, a perfect replacement for ketchup in just about any situation, and this makes it a family friendly condiment.

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πŸ”ͺ🌢️ Tomato Chutney Ingredients πŸ…πŸƒ

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For Blending

  • tomatoes 5x medium-sized
  • sambar powder 1x teaspoon
  • tamarind (seeds removed) - ping-pong-sized ball
  • sea salt - Β½ teaspoon

For Seasoning

  • lentils (any kind) - 1x tsp
  • curry leaves - 1x small sprig
  • mustard seeds - 1x tsp
  • green chili (sliced lengthways) - 1x

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πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ Preparation πŸ”ͺ

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STEP 1

Β  Β  Β Roughly chop the tomatoes and add them to a grinder along with the tamarind, sambar powder, and the salt.


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STEP 2

Β  Β  Β Grind the tomatoes and other ingredients until you have a purΓ©e, then set aside to use during the cooking process.


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STEP 3

Β  Β  Β Heat a tablespoon of cooking oil in a work or pan and add the lentils. Simmer on low heat while stirring until the lentils are browned and fragrant.


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STEP 4

Β  Β  Β Now add the chili, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Stir and continue to simmer until the mustard seeds begin to pop.


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STEP 5

Β  Β  Β Add the tomato purΓ©e and stir a bit to incorporate. Simmer for 6-7 minutes until the tomatoes thicken and the oil begins to separate.


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STEP 6

Β  Β  Β When the chutney has thickened, turn off the heat or flames and give it a taste. Add any additional salt if needed, then allow to cool to room temperature uncovered.

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πŸ˜‹ Enjoy With Samosas πŸ₯Ÿ

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Β  Β  Β If you don't want to wait for this chutney to cool down, it's quite nice served hot and fresh as well. It will keep at least a week in the refrigerator if you jar it, but I put in a small serving bowl because it rarely lasts more than a day in our house.

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Β  Β  Β If your house has terrible indoor lighting and kitchen that is not photo-friendly, take your tomato chutney out of the house and photograph it elsewhere. Let the chutney steam rise up and flavor the sky with its deliciousness.

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Β  Β  Β On this evening I paired the chutney with onion samosas, but it was dark outside so I had to take indoor photos in one-lightbulb house. It's not good photography, but I still wanted to share the pairing regardless.

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Β  Β  Β I do prefer this chutney with fried foods more than anything else, but it's such a nice ketchup replacement that it even works well on burgers, and of course it's next-level with french fries. Good luck and do share your results with me if you attempt to make this for yourself, I'd love to hear opinions.

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Samoosa with sauce not one I have tried before, love samoosas at least once a week over here!

Tomato sauce looks interesting to make, thanks for this recipe!

@tipu curate 2

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I know your country is full of ethnic Indians, so I imagine the Indian cuisine there is pretty tasty and diverse. Is the Indian food there adapted to local tastes? In Suriname there were many ethnic Indians, but the Indian food was more simple and less spicy than traditional Indian food.

Thanks for the curation and support my friend.

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We have Indian and Malay food, from mild and fruity to hot and spicy, each family arrived with different recipes still used. Always a pleasure to enjoy, my local Hindu friend makes the most spectacular samoosas in town.

Have a great day and !LUV to the family!

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Will do πŸ‘ Samosa friends are the best kind πŸ˜‰, thank you my friend.

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Snack time is incomplete without samosas and what if you replace ketchup with tomato chutney wow I am salvating hehe. Adding lentils is not common in my region but I can try this combo on your recommendation. @mishkatfatima come look πŸ€“your potatoes patties need this recipe 😁

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This chutney is very versatile, but with fried foods is most tasty I think. The fried lentils give it a rich smoky flavor, a nice addition. Thank you for your kind compliment, and what is your favorite chutney by the way?

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Well I love my own free chutney having green chilli, tomatoes, salt, green coriander, mint, and garlic and mashed in yogurt 😁 hehe and you know I add this chutney in samosa by making holes in samosa and filling chutney into it 🀣 some weird foodie habits

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That sounds like a nice mix of ingredients for a chutney. My youngest daughter uses your same samosa chutney stuffing method 😁.

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Haha glad to have a companion πŸ₯΄ otherwise I will keep considering myself unique only lol πŸ˜†

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what an amazing recipe when I saw this photo you shared, it made me want to try it

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Samosa without chutney is incomplete. It's very popular in our country and easy to found this snack combo everywhere.

Chutney is what makes it more delicious and better or special from other street food stalls. Glad my mom can also make samosa and chutney at home but haven't tried this special chutney yet, it looks delicious.!

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I agree, normally we eat tamarind-date chutney with our samosas, but I personally like this tomato chutney a little more. I also love mint chutney, but our plants aren't big enough yet to give us enough leaves for a chutney.

Thank you for your culinary compliment πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³.

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Hi @justinparke. Wow yummy recipe. Samosas are incomplete without sauce chutni or ketchup. Your recipe is amazing and unique. I never tried with lentils. Will try it soon.
Yeah @ayesha-malik this recipe is yummy. Essential for my recipe too. πŸ’•

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I totally agree, you must have a good sauce of some kind with samosa, if no chutney, at least some pickle or podi to compliment them. The lentils provide a nice smoky touch to this chutney, but not a necessary ingredient. Thank you for stopping by with these kind words.

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Lol, do you know any Cambodian kitchen that is photo-friendly hehe? Most times you can't even call the kitchen a kitchen. Love the tomato chutney, will definitely have to try this once our curry leaf tree (well you can't really call it a tree yet) decides to start growing again. Miss your company and food. It's been way too long! We should meet up soonish. Jan is getting his license for the bike so hoping to do a road trip soon. Since we decided to stay another year or two we have plenty of time to do more explorations.

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Haha, so true, we don't even technically have a kitchen, or even running water for that matter. It rains here so much that our barrels are always full, and the river is easy enough for showers, so we haven't prioritized it yet. We just started growing a couple curry trees because nobody in the village has any. Fresh leaves are impossible to replace, such a unique flavor.

Our cabin is not Airbnb ready yet, but ready enough for friends and family, and it actually does have runnign water, unlike our house.

There is no international school available for us, so I'm stuck taking the kids to/from public school 6 days a week instead of the much more convenient 5-day schedule of private schools. Because of this I haven't even traveled yet, we are so remote and 1 day is barely enough to reach Pursat in the tuk-tuk. If you dirtbike or want to go slow on Khmer bikes, it's possible to reach us by traveling north from Koh Kong.

If you want to come the easy standard way, you must reach Pursat first and then head west on the highway til you reach us. You two are always welcome any time, no need to give us a headsup. Come swim, explore, eat delicious food, and chillax with the best views (biased opinion) in Cambodia. Seriously though, we are on top of the mountain, only three houses upstream from us, water even cleaner than Tatai here.

Otherwise when the school year ends I'm going exploring for a month and will visit Kampot. Crazy to be stranded abroad for almost 3 years, arrive in Cambodia, spend a few days in PP, then move to the middle of nowhere without visiting old friends first. I still haven't seen how Cambodia has changed in the last 3-4 years, haven't had the chance to travel yet 😁.

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Thanks ❀️ Jan still needs to pass the bike license first if we want to take the bike for long-distance trips. Are the roads that bad? We have this bajaj dominar with a ktm duke 400 engine, great for traveling long distances, but not so great on very muddy roads. Dirt roads are fine but slippery muddy roads are not ideal. We drove it to SR once and it was absolutely fine. But then they roads were in perfect condition.

Is your place still far from SR? Now that we can visit the temples for free as a foreigner I would love to go one more time. Might be nice to combine both.

Seeing all your pics you might be right that you live in a place with the best views in Cambodia. But I guess we'll have to come and check it out.

I am so happy for you guys that you found a spot where you can all be happy together as a family.

Always welcome here too! But be prepared. Kep and especially Kampot are not the same anymore. I wonder if you will still recognize this place.

Big hug from us to everyone!

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Okay, I remember the Bajaj, better suited for highway travel, but no problem , the highway west from Pursat is good enough and it's all very scenic within the first 3-4 minutes of leaving Pursat. It is possible to come down from Battambang without the highway, and that is how Pov recently traveled to Siem Reap, but it was a dusty rough ride. Surely better to stick to the highways to get here, from Siem Reap is possible in a day.

The views here are incredible, no accommodation for about 15km in all directions, only our current project. I think the bigger business won't come here because the valley is too narrow and the microclimate too extreme, not good for profits.

My hopes aren't high for Kampot, but I'm a realist, so hopefully I can handle it, no regrets though. I know we made the right choice for longterm living to get out of Kampot. Keep us up to date and we can plan for some special adventures before you come. You can see the Gulf of Thailand from the top of the mountain across the river here, a 2 or 3 day roundtrip, but we haven't found time to do it yet.

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Looking forward to it. Once my friend arrives and we sorted out everything the get him settled into the bakery and found somebody to help me out too we hopefully have some time to travel. Need a real holiday. Planning to go to Bali too to visit a friend.

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Thank you so much for exceptional Recipe.
This is truly delicious recipe πŸ˜‹
It will be really tasty with samosas. I just talk about this recipe with my wife ☺️
We will make it soon πŸ™‚

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Good to hear, I hope it works well for you. I prefer mint chutney with potato samosas, but this tomato chutney is my favorite with onion/poha/cabbage samosas. Thank you for the samosa salutation πŸ₯ŸπŸ––

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Yum yum yum πŸ˜‹
Super post ALERT!!

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This is a household favorite, I've even made JA style dumplings and dipped them in this sauce before, nice combo πŸ™

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Are you shipping to Japan @justinparke. We are ready to place our order chef.

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One sec....

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!LOL

I'll take that as a mild no @justinparke. It truly looks delicious though.

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Cambodian Express told me the invoice says broken glass and dried ketchup, don't know what went wrong πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ.

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Looks like we need a better shipping company or clearer FRAGILE labels on the boxes.

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Your food, I think it could be my favorite dish. If I try to eat it. Thanks for sharing.

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Even though we are a vegan family, I like to make very heavy food or else I do never feel full. Cambodians laugh when I tell them I fry mustard seeds because the seeds here are only used to grow mustard greens 😁. Thanks for the compliment, one day when the Trat-Thmor Da border becomes an international crossing, it will be much easier for you taste our food some day πŸ˜‰.

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Yup, that does look pretty tasty, and I agree that you've got a great outdoor location for food photos. Reminds me of stopping at riverside places in North Carolina!

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Funny you say that, I have a lot of close friends in Ducktown-Murphy-Blue Ridge area, the TN-NC-GA tri-state border. When we were scouting land and passed through here, that's exactly what I said to myself, "this feels like east Tennessee." It is a familiar feeling for me to live here even though this is a tropical place far from home.

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I miss the mountains. And the rivers within them. I love seeing the pictures that you share.

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Wow. Looking delicious.
Though, I wonder how that taste.
I never had one of that and this is my second time hearing about it.

One of this days, I may try your recipe. Thanks for making incorporating in your post.

!1UP

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It really is worth it, a nice condiment, but depending on what country you live in, mustard seeds and curry leaves may be hard to source.

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I think the sambar is the most difficult to source for me. It's my second time actually hearing about it.

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So many spices are in sambar powder, not worth trying to make a small amount yourself. Best to source if from an Indian supply store if possible. We have to order by phone from the capital here in Cambodia, then have it shipped to a bus station near our home.

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Ohh see. Thanks for the info.
I just checked and it seems I can order it online. 😊

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Good news, and with sambar powder you can can make sambar too, and rasam, both very delicious South Indian soups/curries.

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It was delicious with samosas. Thank you for made them for us. Love you 😘

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Glad you enjoyed it, I think we still have some samosa dough left πŸ€”πŸ˜‰......

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Oh, yes, I see it in refrigerator and I hungry now 🀀

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I love samosas and this chutney looks perfect to go with it!

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Certain samosas are good with specific sauces, and I am partial to mint or tamarind chutney with potato samosas, but this tomato chutney with onion/cabbage/poha stuffing is my new favorite.

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Oh my goodness what a fabulous chutney recipe! And those onion samoosas. Jaw dropping. And finger licking it seems

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Tastes change with time, my now-teenage daughter doesn't car for Indian food anymore, but she loved my cooking before she became a young lady. Monkey-B though, she is an Indian food addict with no signs of kicking the habit, and it's a pleasure to cook for her because she's so enthusiastic. My wife is the middle road, she likes Indian food, but doesn't think it's amazing 😁. Thanks for stopping by and showing some chutney respect 🀟

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Here in South Africa chutney is virtually a national food! Forget condiment. So I get it. Teenagers can be excused for changing their tastes (and minds) during the years that they are no longer children but not quite adults 😎

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I forgot you were SA, for some reason I thought you were an Aussie. Well you've got plenty of tasty Indian food there, is there such thing as creolized S African/Indian dishes? That would be an interesting mix of flavors. In Suriname we found that samosas and roti belonged to everyone, not taboo for a Javanese woman to make samosas nor an Indian sell a little nasi goreng, but never really saw any kind of creole food.

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Yes it is interesting although the Afrikaaners like their sweet savouries so you lose a lot of that spicy impact which is so wonderful about Indian dishes.

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Wow.. the tomato sauce looks really good, especially if it's a little spicier, and it's really perfect if we eat it with the samosa cake, huumm yummy.. my stomach feels really hungry 🀀

Btw, it turns out that you justin have various hidden skills and in this case is cooking. This is a plus for you and your family at home. Thank you very much for sharing with us my friend πŸ™πŸ‘

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Haha, yes, I have worked in restaurants since I was a teenager, even managed several in the USA and owned my own restaurant in Cambodia. I am very good with South Asian cuisine, and my wife is the Southeast Asian cook, so we compliment each other well. She even knows many Indonesian dishes, her urap and gado-gado are very delicious.

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wow .. is it true that until now you have your own restaurant in the US and also in Cambodia? It seems very interesting for us to read if you post it here and share your stories with us about your restaurants? I can't wait for that exciting story from you justin πŸ˜„

oh really? Urap and gado-gado are also my favorite foods, these two types of food are very delicious if the one who prepares the food is an expert chef. And these two types of food are also very suitable for vegetarians like your family πŸ€€πŸ‘

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In the USA I only work for restaurant owners, too expensive to open one by myself, almost $100,000 USD to open a tiny cafe with a few chairs. I work one year and maybe save $600 to $1,000 USD there, so making a business was never going to be an option for me in the USA, too poor.

But here in Cambodia, with $500 and a good idea you can make a business. For $1,000 USD total investment I was able to buy tables, chairs, decorate, and prepare a kitchen. Doing business in Cambodia is much easier for poor people I think.

At our restaurant we often served gado-gado and urap, a mix of Indian, Thai, Indonesian, and Cambodian foods. I wish we had more tempeh in Cambodia, it's not a common food. My wife and I know how to make it, but it takes so much time and easy to make a mistake and destroy all the tempeh if the weather is too cold, too hot, too rainy, etc.

In Suriname we ate tempeh every day because the country is Javanese/Indian/African.

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Thank you for sharing this, I really want to try it soon :)

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Hope you enjoy, are mustard seeds and curry leaves easy to find in the Philippines? In Cambodia mustard seeds are only for growing mustard greens, and sometimes we have to buy our mustard seeds at a farming shop.

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tomato sauce looks really good, when can I taste your homemade tomato sauce, I really like tomato sauce but spicy is more delicious.
I like to taste tomato sauce with fried foods in my country, Indonesia.

You look like a professional chef who is very reliable in processing cooking menus.
salute to you.... hehehehe

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Thank you, ketchup is too sweet for me, so I prefer to make something myself. This sauce is much tastier too, even with french fries it is very nice. My other favorite tomato sauce is balado, my wife is a very good balado chef πŸ‘©β€πŸ³

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Yes, it's true what you said that the tomato sauce for french fries is perfect.
wow...just like me, I'm also one of the favorites for sambal balado.

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Okay it's tomato season here and I'm thankful for this recipe. I'm salivating over those samosas. There is nothing wrong with those photos at all.

How is it that the person who inspired me and taught me the most about Indian cooking. is American. Whaaaaat?!!!!

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Fresh tomatoes are so much better, especially soft and juicy ones. The tomatoes here are always rock hard and 50% of em' green, I guess that is the only to transport them very roughly without damage. It takes some magic to make the tomatoes here edible, but we'll have our by this time next year when we've built up some good soil.

Thanks for not minding the bad lighting and non photogenic kitchen. I almost gave up on posting recipes because of this situation and also because I never got decent post payouts for the effort. This tomato chutney post has reinvigorated me to share some recipes a little more often.

Haha, well you know Indiana and India are pretty close, at least alphabetically. Every time I meet a Cambodian they want to know which part of the USA I'm from, Washington, New York, California, or Texas? These are the only 4 areas of the USA that exist in Cambodians' view, and when I saw Indiana, they hear India, and it takes a long explanation.

As a last resort I fall back to Kentucky, which they also don't know, but Cambodians know KFC very well. I lived and grew up a few minutes from the Kentucky border, and Louisville was always our big city to visit for shopping, etc. For this reason I claim Kentucky and KFC, and Cambodians accept that "I am from the land of KFC."

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This post make me hungry 🀀 the only chutney I had here is always the coconut shave version. And lately, I don't get to taste the traditional dried chilli anymore. Those idiots blend a ton of green chilli together and make the chutney light green colour and taste like eating a green chilli paste.

This should be on the Airbnb menu 🀣

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Coconut chutney is good, but you're right, green chilies aren't the right thing for it, has to be those delicious dried red chilies. I really miss my printer, it used to be so easy to make things like a menu, etc. Back when I had my own school I even had a paper cutter and laminating machine.

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