JFI for Coconut


It's my turn to host Jihva this month and I have chosen an ingredient that I frankly can't do without. In fact it'd be difficult to attempt any dish from my part of the world without it. But cooking aside, coconut is integral to all of India. It is by breaking this fruit that we begin a new venture after all.
So to mark the new year that is coming upon us, January is dedicated to the COCONUT.

Use it any way - tender, grated, sweetened, dessicated; in any form - milk, cream, water, oil, heck even liquor if you want to be really adventurous ;-) and make a dish with it.

If you don't know what I am talking about you really need to read food blogs more often (everday would be a good start!). Till then here is the brief - Jihva for Ingredients is a monthly food event started by Indira of Mahanandi. A new host selects an ingredient every month and bloggers everywhere make a dish featuring it. Past JFI's include dal, Diwali treats and jaggery among others.

Your misson should you choose to accept is :-) -

  • Prepare a dish with coconut and post the recipe on your blog (preferably) on Jan. 1
  • Send me an email at with the permalink to your post and a photo of the dish in 75×75 pixel size
  • Include the name of your dish and your blog's name in the email
  • Check the roundup at the end of the week

Non bloggers are welcome. Email me a photo of your dish with a description and I will gladly include it in the round up.

That's it friends. Let's go nuts this time around!


Blogger FH said...

YIPPEE!!!! Love coconut:))

Thank you.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Krithika said...

Lovely ingredient for JFI.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally! I've been expecting a coconut Jihva and you made it happen. Thanks Ashwini for hosting and looking forward to participating.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Meena Kandlakuti said...

Thankx ashwini for coconut jhiva...I hope I could make and participate in this jhiva..since we are movinbg to new apartmentthis month end.If I make it before than I may post on mmy blog before only and send the link and photos to you.Hope you will accept.Thanks love coconut:-)

1:35 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Wonderful! I'll be there. :)

2:57 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Asha, Krithika, Saffron, Kay - I expect to see you all on Jan 1 ;-)

Indira - thanks, I am excited about hosting!

Meena - absolutely no problem. Do post when you can and good luck with the move.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Priya said...

Another great ingredient for Jihva !!!
Coconut is a wonderful choice Ashwini, I'm going to nag my mom to give me a nice recipe now :-)

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coconut Liquor !! HMmm
Iam in :)

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow..there you fav ingredient :D. I am sure I will be able to participate in it. This time, I completely forgot about it and then saw about it after many days :). I will send my entry in advance this time :D.

5:09 PM  
Blogger archana said...

Love you love you love you ! Thank you.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Inji Pennu said...

What a choice my lady! what a choice!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Sri said...

Ashwini Your choice of coconut for next months jhiva is a great one. I guess sky is the limit. Will surely participate. Thanks for hosting.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have missed out on the last few JFIs, but I hope to post this time. And I can only imagine how big this might turn out to be!!

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good choice Ashwini..... !!!

1:37 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

My favorite ingredient ever :) OK, I plan to be blogging again by December end, so I should be able to make it to this one!

4:15 AM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Ashwini,
Just I thought of Coconut and I opened your site. I am soooo Thrilled.Good selection for JFI

5:13 AM  
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8:59 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Priya - start the nagging now ;-)

Priya - so can I expect a dish featuring feni from you?? Would love to see that one!

Shilpa, Archana, Sri, Rooma, Anita, RP, MT - I look forward to your entries

Inji - it will be so good to see you back for JFI. Are you feeling better now?

Nupur - you are going to be there? Super!! Cant wait for your entry N

11:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a lovely choice Ashwini! I knew this favourite favourite indian fruit/nut is soon to make its appearance on the Jihva scene, cant wait to see what ppl come up with...the liquor bit seems MOST interesting.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Vini K said...

Hi Ashwini,great,I have been waiting for an even using coconut..thanks a lot.I will definitely be there with my recipe.:)

5:34 AM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

Coconut? that's a difficult one. Lemme think...hmmmmm...where shall I find a coconut?...well, anyway, I'll try and come up with something...anything for Jihva, you know.
;-) ;-) ;-)

6:52 AM  
Blogger Shah cooks said...

what shall i NOT post? coconut.. essential and like u said, can't live wihtout it.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good choice...

11:13 PM  
Blogger Gustad said...

did you knwo there is this crab that eats coconuts... its the largest land arthropod and its claws are so strong it can open them!!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Lady Mcbeth said...

Hi Ashwini,

I'll definitely give it a shot. But am not sure if my photograph will be as yummilicious as yours ...

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great ingredient Ash. Coconut is so versatile that the array of food with coconut as the main ingredient is mind boggling lets see what I can come up with.

Anupama (Food-n-more)
I could not sign in with my own username.

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice ingredient. Will try to make something intersting.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good choice, Ashwini.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini,
Great pick! I might have to start my own blog just to participate! :)
On a serious note, I've been a blog reader for a long time, and I love Food For Thought! Great job with this blog!
I should have my blog up & running in a few days; I'll be sending in my entry pretty soon!
- Roopa

11:19 AM  
Blogger Manjula said...

Did u say "coconut"? I have participate in it now.

I have been reading quite a lot about Jihva from few months. I guess its time to get into the game.

2:48 PM  
Blogger KA said...

Great ingredient indeed. I sure wish to participate in JFI again..

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely choice of an ingredient! Happy Holidays :)

10:13 PM  
Blogger Meenal Mehta said...

excellent idea will cook up somethign as well

2:21 AM  
Blogger Kelvin said...

Kia Ora (Hello) from down under in New Zealand. I was searching the blog world when your blog popped up. Very interesting to read and worth sharing, so I have mentioned your blog on my foodie blog.
As for "coconut" - I just eat it from the shell so there's nothing left for recipes.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Look fwd to all your entries folks

Roopa - thanks and do get your blog up and running soon. If you cant I can still include your entry

Kelvin - thanks, appreciate it

11:06 AM  
Blogger Viji said...

Hi Ashwini,
I'm new to this blogging world.I recently noticed Coconut Jihva.And I will be there with a recipe for sure.And coconut is a very essential ingredient for we keralites.So its a good choice.

3:53 PM  
Blogger the chocolate doctor מרת שאקאלאד said...

I can honestly say that in the last few years, coconut has changed my life. I will participate if I can get my computer working again this week!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini,
Peace be upon you.I am new to these food blogs, yet I enjoy hanging around such blogs. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...!!! Ijust cant tell you how much I love coconut....being from Coimbatore, closer to Palakkad, almost allour dishes feature cocont in them, not a day goes without coconut as an ingredient, though a novice, I would try to post a good recipe for this JFI,insha Allah. TC, bye.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Viji - would love to receive an entry from you

Chocolate Lady - I sure hope your computer cooperates...

Ayunus - thanks. I look forward to your entry

8:46 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Excellent choice, you pipped me to the post. I was hoping to use coconut for my February hosting.
I'm looking forward to trying the recipes.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to participate, but is it too late if it's on january 5th?

6:59 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Jo - actually the event is closed but what the heck? I can include your entry! Pls mail me on the 5th

11:47 AM  

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