Side Dish – recipes


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


Grind all the ingredients except coconut and lime juice in the mortar. Add coconut and continue to grind until the coconut gets red and evenly mixed. Squeeze half a lime and adjust to taste (salt, pepper, lime). Serve with bread, rice, curry, or as a side dish.

Coconut Sambol


Fresh Coconut: Coconut meat contains fats (medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs) which are transported from the gut to the liver and are 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.