Ginataang Santol (Cotton Fruit in Coconut Milk)

“Santol” or cotton fruit is an Asian fruit with combination of sweet & sour flavor and sometimes more sour. It can be cooked into a delish dish like this one ! Better if you get the sour cotton fruit if you use it for this dish.

“Ginataang Santol” is one of those dishes I really love ! Who would think this fruit if cooked with coconut milk could win the taste buds of so many Filipinos especially in the provinces & will always be a classic favorite. Spicy or not, still delish !

🌻 RECIPE

🌱 Ingredients:

▪︎ 4 pieces santol peeled & seeds removed

▪︎ 3 cups coconut cream

▪︎ 2 pieces long green pepper sliced crosswise

▪︎ 1 green chilli or 2 pieces Thai chili (optional)

▪︎ 1 medium red onion minced

▪︎ 6 cloves garlic crushed

▪︎ Himalayan salt to taste

▪︎ optional seasoning of your choice

🌱 Instructions:

▪︎ Finely mince the santol using a food processor or you can also grate it, if you don’t have food processor.

▪︎ Squeeze the juice out of santol using your hands or cheese cloth. Set aside.

▪︎ Saute garlic and onion using either minimal oil or water (if you don’t want to use oil).

▪︎ Once the onion starts to get translucent, add the minced santol. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

▪︎ Pour coconut milk into the pan. Let boil. Stir and cover the pan. Continue to cook in medium heat until the liquid reduces to half.

▪︎ Add the chilis. Stir occasionally & simmer until the liquid completely evaporates.

▪︎ Great with steamed rice. Enjoy !