• Dumplings are humble and homey. They make people smile. I have loved them since childhood, and this site focuses on cooking and finding the tastiest morsels. It's also the companion to my cookbook, Asian Dumplings.

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Hey Andrea - there's a variation on this theme in Alford/Duguid's 'Mangoes and Curry Leaves', in which they stuff a whole fish with it (and put some in slashes on the fish's skin) then wrap in foil (or banana leaves) and roast (or grill). Try it - it's delicious!

I like to stir a good bit of leftover green chutney into drained yogurt and then use the result to dress a salad of chopped tomatoes and cucumbers (and maybe chickpeas), or stir it into hot rice. It's also yummy scrambled into eggs.

I've also been known to eat it straight, right out of the fridge. :-)

Andrea Nguyen

Robyn, that sounds soooo good. The basic Indian green chutney is totally versatile. In Niloufer's book, she says just put it (this coconutty version) on bread and make an Indian person instantly happy. Oh yes, scrambled eggs and cilantro chutney. Delicioso.

Sharmila Rodricks

Great recipe . Came out really well. Lovely colour and texture.Thank you

Andrea Nguyen

Thanks for the feedback, Sharmila. This is one of my favorite chutneys. Glad you like it too!


Any tips for grating fresh coconut? I can find a whole coconut at some markets near me, but after that, I'm lost; do I peel away the brown inner 'skin' first? Barring that, where can I find frozen coconut in the SW suburban Chicago area??

Andrea Nguyen

Webdiva -- lots of tips on grating coconut. Yep, get rid of the brown skin, use a veg peeler. I've got a lengthy set of tips in Asian Dumplings.

For frozen coconut where you are, try H-mart, a Korean owned chain of pan-Asian markets? http://www.hmart.com/

Also, a Latin market.


Andrea, I had bookmarked this a while ago. Now how good to finally get into the swing of shopping for these ingredients and making the mix. These ingredients have gradually become staples in my kitchen. Today
this mix is my lunch (with yogurt, toast, and salad.)

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