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Curry Leaf Chutney (Karuveppilai Podi)

Curry leaves contain compounds that function as antioxidants that play an essential role in keeping your body healthy and free from disease. Antioxidants remove potentially harmful free radicals and suppress oxidative stress, a condition that’s associated with chronic disease development. They may help improve the fighting power of the body against cancer cells, as well as reduce the risk of getting heart disease and help improve the condition of the brain and its neurological system. Most importantly, it is said to be great for the growth of hair and to prevent graying. 🙂

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Alsi ki Chutney with Sesame Seeds (Flaxseed Chutney)

Flax seeds are tiny powerhouses of nutrition well known for their high content of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid which means that your body cannot produce it and so you need to obtain it from the food you eat. It is important to grind the seeds before eating them as the oil is locked up inside the fibrous structure of the seed and it cannot be released when eaten whole.

Flax seeds also have high amounts of protein as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also promotes digestive health by feeding your beneficial gut bacteria. When mixed with water this soluble fiber becomes very thick and combined with the insoluble fiber content, flax seeds become a natural laxative, promoting good bowel movement, preventing constipation, and reducing your risk of diabetes. It’s recommended to drink plenty of water when eating these seeds because of their high fiber content. For people who are not used to eating a lot of fiber, incorporating flax seeds too quickly can cause mild digestive problems. These include bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and nausea. Chutneys are a great way to avoiding these problems as they are eaten along with a lot of other vegetables and pulses in our traditional Indian meals.

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Kairi (Raw/Green Mango) Chutney

Kairi (raw/green) mango comes in different levels of sourness and is available for almost 6 to 8 months of the year. It is a very versatile ingredient and is used in pickles, preserves, chaats, chutneys, main dishes, and beverages. It is high in vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium which are great to detoxify the body. Raw mangoes are also high in niacin, which helps boost cardiovascular health.

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Green Peanut Chutney

Though peanuts are a legume and not a nut, they have many of the same health benefits as the more expensive nuts. They are packed with healthy fats, high-quality protein, and are fairly high in calories and fiber making them a great go-to snack that can keep you satiated for a long time. They also contain plenty of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Peanut skins also contain antioxidants. Peanuts are best eaten raw and not roasted. You can add them to your dishes or eat them as is after soaking them overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. The light skinned peanuts are usually sweeter and better in taste.

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Red Peanut Chutney

Though peanuts are a legume and not a nut, they have many of the same health benefits as the more expensive nuts. They are packed with healthy fats, high-quality protein, and are fairly high in calories and fiber making them a great go-to snack that can keep you satiated for a long time. They also contain plenty of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Peanut skins also contain antioxidants. Peanuts are best eaten raw and not roasted. You can add them to your dishes or eat them as is after soaking them overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. The light skinned peanuts are usually sweeter and better in taste.

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Allum Chutney with Tomatoes (Ginger Tomato Chutney)

Tomatoes are a versatile ingredient and are rich in fiber and other nutrients like vit C and lycopene. Tomatoes grown with heritage seeds are tastier and more nutritious. In fact, the tastier the tomatoes, the more the nutrition. Tomatoes have an anti-inflammatory effect that protects muscles and may help athletes recover after exercise.

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Alsi ki Chutney with Coconut (Flaxseed Chutney)

Flax seeds are rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Flax seeds are usually ground before eating them to release the oil locked up inside the fibrous structure of the seed and which cannot be released when eaten whole.

Flax seeds also have high amounts of protein as well as soluble and insoluble fibre, which help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels and promote digestive health by providing the required food for beneficial gut bacteria. Flaxseed powder is often used to replace egg for its binding quality when mixed with water, and so it is recommended to drink plenty of water when one eats flax seeds. The proportion is usually 3 parts of water to 1 part of flax seed powder. This mixture is also a natural laxative.

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Sweet and Sour Coriander Chutney

Coriander like all leafy greens is rich in chlorophyll, a compound that may help in treating cancerous tumours. It also helps to prevent damage done to genes by harmful aflatoxins. Regular consumption of greens has been shown to increase antioxidants in the body that have immune-boosting, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects as well as protect your skin from aging and sun damage. Coriander can help reduce unpleasant digestive symptoms like bloating and discomfort often experienced by people with IBS, and also help boost appetite. And most important of all it’s a delicious accompaniment to any meal.

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Sesame Seed Chutney

Sesame seeds are rich in fibre, which helps in improving digestion and may also help in reducing the risk of heart disease, some cancers and prevent putting on excess weight. Though sesame seeds contain saturated fats, the majority of fats in them are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats or good fats that may help in lowering cholesterol levels. Roasting sesame seeds reduces the impact of the oxalates in it that may inhibit the absorption of other minerals in them. It’s a great source of plant based protein especially in the hulled (though it reduces the fibre and vitamin B content) and roasted seeds as it helps in the absorption of this nutrient. It is also well known to be rich in calcium, that’s mainly found in un-hulled seeds, and the absorption of this nutrient is improved by soaking, roasting, or sprouting the seeds.

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