A side dish or relish perfect with Sri Lankan curries or on its own.
Using a mortar and pestle make a paste with the dried chilies and a pinch of salt
In a bowl, mix together the shallots, coconut, and chili paste.
Add the Maldive fish if using
Add the fresh lime juice
Add salt to taste
Mix everything together and taste, adjust as your palate dictates. The end result should be sweet, sour, savory, hot, and a heavenly bite.