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The World of Chutneys

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
25 August 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

This Indian creation has taken the world by storm! There are innumerable chutney recipes, and they are frequently modified to match perfectly with the local cuisine. The chutney is an irresistible amalgamation of chopped vegetables, fruits, spices, herbs, and condiments, blended into a chunky spread. Most chutneys are pungent and zingy but at the same time you can fine-tune the heat factor to suit your taste buds.

There are numerable potential and promising combinations to make this tasty dressing. In India, commonly used ingredients are coconut, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, mango, tamarind, mint, onion, and garlic. But a chutney recipe isn’t restricted to only these options; there are creative takes on the chutney – apple, pineapple, pumpkin, carrots, beet, peanuts and so many more.

Creative chutneys that you should try out!

Here’s a list of inventive, and easy chutney recipes; lets dive in!

• Coriander mint chutney: Eat Breakfast popular chutney is complete no-brainer; practically everyone knows of this vibrant green chutney which goes wonderfully well with all our snacks and starters! Zesty and zingy, this chutney combines coriander, mint, chilies, chaat masala and generous amounts of lemon juice. Pair this chutney with your snacks such as sandwiches, tikkis, kachoris, samosas, bhel, kebabs, pakoras and sprouts. This versatile dip goes with almost anything! This chutney offers the goodness of fresh dhania and fresh pudina. Both these herbs proffer robust anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits, and give good amounts of iron, magnesium, and manganese. They are good carminatives - they pep up digestion and banish flatulence and bloating.

• Tomato chutney: An effortless scrumptious recipe, the tomato chutney is ready in less than 10 minutes. Containing lycopene-rich tomatoes, this tomato chutney is a quick chutney recipe that amalgamates fresh red tomatoes, garlic, chilies, spices and tamarind. You can make it as hot and pungent as you want, or keep it mild. It is the perfect alternative to ketchup and ideal for your sandwiches, burgers, and chips. Including it in to your menu is a fantastic choice if you are keen on making your health a priority. It is a sweetened tangy tomato blend with bags of flavour and tastes wonderful with rotis, parathas, and dosas; it elevates your dish and lends it oodles of wholesomeness too!

• Spicy papaya chutney: A powerhouse of nutrition, the papaya is a good source of vitamins A and C and provides loads of fibre. Papain in papaya is a potent enzyme which promotes digestion and may facilitate weight loss. The fruit gets a huge zing from the warm and comforting spices – turmeric, mustard and chilies. This chutney recipe is super easy to make and goes extremely well with thepla, gathiya, fafda, and kadhi. You can put a Bengali spin on this recipe by adding a few raisins and lots of lemon juice; a mind-blowing accompaniment to roti and sabzi!

• Beet chutney: You are sure to be drawn to this chutney because of its flamboyant magenta color! Betaine in the root fires up your metabolism, combats inflammation, and helps you lose all those unsightly kilos. Beets also perk up your immune mechanism and detoxify your body. This chutney is a great way of integrating the root in to your weekly meal programme. Beet chutney is awesome as a spread over rotis and parathas as well as a yummy dip!

• Apple chutney: The apple chutney is jammy, luscious, chunky, sweet and zesty, and pairs delightfully with spicy parathas and toasts! Packed with pectin, vitamin C and potent phytochemicals, the apple chutney is an excellent way of consuming a lot of the fruit!

• Coconut chutney: Radish An absolute staple of the South Indian cuisine, the coconut gives a wonderful individuality to your chutney recipe and greatly enhances the taste of idlis, dosas, and uttapams. What’s more, it is wholesomeness at its best! A fabulous amalgamation of coconut, urad dal, mustard seeds, chilies and curry leaves, this recipe is uncomplicated and straightforward. The tadka really brings this chutney to life. The flesh of the coconut is incredibly nutritious – it has a lot of fibre and is crammed with manganese, which helps maintain healthy brain and immune functioning. The coconut also provides powerful antioxidants which fight oxidative damage and decelerate the rate of ageing.

• Peanut chutney: The unassuming peanut packs in a formidable punch of protein! Technically, the peanut belongs to the legume family, and this is why it has so much protein. They're also a good source of manganese, niacin and Vitamin E. The chutney recipe is such that it tastes super yum with idlis, dosas, uttapams and chillas. Roasted and powdered peanuts, chilies, coconut, yogurt and tamarind come together brilliantly to make this delectable, tangy chutney.

Whenever you are making chutneys, make sure you use the best spices with natural oils to ensure great taste. Tata Sampann Masale contain natural oils which give the spices all their health benefits and enhance the flavours. So, go ahead try out these gorgeous chutney recipes; they make an extraordinary addition to the menu! They lend a fantastic flavour, an incredible texture and a dash of nutrition to your meal.

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