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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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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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Pudina (Mint) Chutney

Traditionally, people chewed on pudina leaves to treat digestive disorders like indigestion, stomach pain, gas, bloating and irregular bowel habits as well as to improve the sense of breathing during colds. It may have antibacterial properties and so has also been used to treat cracks and wounds in the skin. Apart from this, mint helps mask bad breath and kill bacteria in the mouth. Since it is a great source of antioxidants, it also helps to remove toxins from the body and reduce damage caused by free radicals so is a great addition to salads, smoothies and of course for use in traditional chutneys. Most importantly, mint leaves impart a cooling sensation and are therefore a great addition to herbal teas.
hough 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 soaked (overnight or for at least 6 hours) and not roasted and can be added to salads, chutneys and curries. The light skinned peanuts are usually sweeter and better in taste.
Chana dal is eaten in both the split and ground form all over India and is considered a great source for muscular health and better immunity as it has 13 grams of protein in every 100 grams. The folate in chana dal may help prevent diseases like stroke, dementia, and depression and the calcium in it can help in preventing osteoporosis and improve bone density. Like urad dal, chana dal has a good amount of fibre and a low glycemic index making it a good option for maintaining sugar levels and increasing the feeling of satiety faster and the healthy fats have antioxidant properties that may help reduce inflammation. Most importantly, pulses help restore soil fertility by fixing nitrogen in it.

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Green Coriander Leaf Chutney – 1

A few doctors say chlorophyll is king and, like all leafy green vegetables, coriander is also full of it. Coriander is full of antioxidants 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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Green Coriander Leaf Chutney – 2

This coriander chutney is so delicious it is a hit with children too. It can be used as an accompaniment, dip or spread. It’s best eaten fresh but can be refrigerated for a couple of days or even frozen for a couple of weeks.

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