Coconut Sambol

Ingredients

 

2 cups scraped fresh coconut
(or desiccated +1/4 cup of warm water)
2 small pearl onions / shallots - sliced
1 small red chile - sliced
(or chili powder / flakes)
1 tsp sea salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 lime - juice, to taste
1 tomato, small - sliced

 

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Directions

Grind all ingredients (except coconut and lime juice) in the mortar. Add coconut and continue to grind until coconut gets red and evenly mixed. Squeeze half lime juice and adjust to taste (salt, pepper, lime)

Serve with bread, rice, curry or as a side dish.

Benefits

Fresh Coconut: Coconut meat contains fats (medium-chain- triglycerides or MCTs) which are transported from gut to liver and immediately transformed  into fuel. This means there is minimal MCT left to deposit into the fat cells. Eating coconut meat appears to protect against heart disease and stroke as well. Coconut meat is rich in vitamins A and E, polyphenols and phytosterols, which all work together to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol.