Growing up, coconut was not a major part of my diet, except for the occasional coconut chutney with Dosa or idlis and of course the copious amount of coconut water I used to drink. However, in my teen years I discovered coconut cookies, Thai curry, coconut rice…the works. The many beautiful ways in which coconut can be used in food, in both sweet and savoury form.
As I started cooking for myself and moved to Bombay, Hyderabad and now Bangalore, coconut became something I saw more of and ate more of. It is super versatile and I really want to learn more ways to incorporate this into my diet.
As always, when I like something, I tend to first veer towards the dessert route of cooking with it 🙂 This summer, when it was crazily hot in Bangalore, I baked this beautiful, simple coconut cake with a light whipped cream. It’s a slice of summer 🙂