Coconut Chutney

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Chutney (also chatney or chatni) is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, or fruit.As with other condiments such as relish or mustard, chutneys are based on a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, they vary widely by geography, they can range from a wet to dry or coarse to fine and they can be combined with a wide variety of foods or used for dipping.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick.

(Coconut curry leaves Chutney)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: Chutney

Cuisine: south Indian

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups grated fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal / bengal gram dal
  • 1/2 cup fresh Curry leaves
  • 3 green chilies, chopped
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or as required

Instructions:

Step 1.

Put fresh coconut, roasted chana dal , Curry leaves , green chillies, salt, in a grinder and blend the ingredients to a smooth chutney. Remove the chutney into a bowl from the grinder jar.

Step 2.

Serve the coconut chutney with idlies, dosas,Chana dal vada or uttapams etc.

Note: Refrigerate for one or two days and use as required

Coriander Chutney

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Hi friends! Very delicious and easy coriander chutney that goes well with stuffed parothas or snacks or can be used as spread . Try to make Coriander chutney with onions following this easy recipe.

Total time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: sides

Making time: 2 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup tightly packed, coriander leaves/dhania, finely chopped
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green chilis, chopped
  • 1 small marble size tamarind / Imali, seeded
  • 1 level tsp salt / or as taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

Take coriander, wash it very well and chop it, and keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel, wash and chop the onion, green chilis and tamarind. Put all these ingredients along with salt and 1/4 cup of water in a grinder.

Step 3.

Grind all the ingredients with water till smooth. Refrigerate till required.

Note:  There are many variations of coriander chutney. This versions of coriander chutneys is basic. It goes very well with all Indian snacks and sandwitches.It can be stored for 8-10 days in the refrigerator.

Health Benefits of Coriander:

•Cilantro is also used to prevent and treat infections caused by bacteria and fungus.
•Cilantro is rich in minerals that may be valuable in maintaining overall health. Cilantro leaves  are rich in calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron. Research has shown that low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. While iron is essential for red blood cell production. Calcium and manganese is essential in treating and preventing weak bones (osteoporosis) and can help reduce spinal bone loss in older women.
•Cilantro seed oil has a reputation in many traditional medicines as an anti-inflammatory agent, an analgesic, anti-diabetic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, digestive, fungicidal, and has cholesterol-lowering effects. These health benefits are due to the abundance of phytonutrients found in Cilantro’s volatile oils, these include carvone, geraniol, limonene, borneol, camphor, elemol, and linalool.
•Cilantro is also rich in flavonoids that are considered antioxidants, these include quercitin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin. Cilantro also contains active phenolic acid compounds, including caffeic and chlorogenic acid.
•Cilantro contains natural antibacterial compound called dodecenal that is safe and effective against Salmonella, a deadly bacteria that is the cause of foodborne illness.
•Cilantro leaves have sufficient antioxidants, phytonutrients and fibers that actually help in maintaining good level of HDL – known as good cholesterol while reducing the LDL level. – the bad cholesterol.
•Cilantro is also beneficial in maintaining good skin and mucus membrane because it is rich in folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene and vitamin-C.  The rich vitamin A is important in protecting the vision, lungs and other vital organs.
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Tamarind chutney

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Hi friends! This unusual sweet and sour chutney is the authentic sweet and tangy Tamarind Chutney/saunth with soaked tamarind / imli blended with spices.

Preparation Time : 30-45 minutes

Cooking time : 25-30 minutes

Servings : 4

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms tamarind /Imali seeded
  • 300 gms jaggery / Gur broken into small pieces
  • 1 tsp Salt /or salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black Rock Salt / Kala Namak (black Rock Salt powdered),
  • 1 tsp Sounth / ginger powder
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper powder / Kali mirch powder
  • ¼ tsp Red Chili powder
  • 2 tsp  Roasted cumin /Jeera Powder
  • 2 tbsp dry dates, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp kishmish
  • 4 1/2  – 5 cups water

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the tamarind in four cups of water for two- three hours. Mash well and then strain into a pulp. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Add water to the tamarind pulp to thin it down to a pouring consistency.

Step 3.

Add the jaggery / Gur, table salt, black salt, Sounth / ginger powder, Black pepper powder, Red Chili powder, roasted cumin /Jeera Powder  dry dates, and kishmish.

Step 4.

Cook  on medium flame till jaggery dissolves completely and the chutney gets little thick(not too thick).

Step 5.

Turn off flame and allow it to cool at room temperature.

Step 6.

Transfer prepared sweet and sour tamarind chutney to airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to one month for anytime use.

Note:  This Chutney thickens more on cooling so check for consistency while cooking. Tamarind chutney (Imali chutney/ saunth), a delicious sweet and sour  sauce, goes very well with almost all Indian snacks. It is a must have chutney / sauce for making delicious pani puri and bhel puri.

Health Benefits of Tamarind:

Digestive Health: Tamarind has long been considered a natural laxative, and its dietary fiber content probably has something to do with it. Eating tamarind as a fruit or as a spice can increase the efficiency of your digestive system, while the fiber can bulk up your stool, making it move through the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract easier.

Heart Health:  The fiber content in tamarind certainly has something to do with the reduction in cholesterol, since it is known to scrap excess LDL cholesterol from the veins and arteries. The potassium in tamarind may be responsible for the reduction in blood pressure, since it is known as a vasodilator that reduces the stress on the cardiovascular system. The impressive level of vitamin C in tamarind also may have something to do with it as well, since vitamin C is an antioxidant compound that can reduce the impact of free radicals, those pesky byproducts of cellular metabolism that have been linked to heart disease and a number of other health conditions.

Circulation: Tamarind is a very good source of iron, and a single serving can provide more than 10% of your daily requirement. A healthy supply of iron in the body guarantees the proper red blood cell count in the body, which can ensure appropriate oxygenation of different muscles and organs that need oxygen to function properly.

Nerve Function: One of the most significant vitamin elements of tamarind is the B complex. Thiamine, one of the most important parts of that vitamin family, is found in high quantities within tamarind. Thiamine is responsible for improving nerve function, as well as muscle development, which can help you remain active, maintain your reflexive, and stay strong.

Weight Loss: One of the unique compounds that can be extracted from tamarinds or gained as a benefit from it when used as a spice is called hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is connected to weight loss because it has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the body that specifically helps store fat.

Manage Diabetes: Along with its ability to stop weight gain, inhibiting that enzyme, alpha-amylase mainly stops carbohydrates from being absorbed, which are easily converted to simple sugars or fats.

Anti-Inflammatory Capacity: The essential oils of tamarind have been connected to a number of anti-inflammatory abilities, including the reduction of joint pain and inflammation, arthritis, rheumatic conditions, and gout.

Immune System: High levels of vitamin C, as well as other antioxidant effects in the essential oils make tamarind a wonderful way to boost your immune system and ensure long-term health from microbial and fungal infections. It also reduces the occurrence of parasites in the body due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial effects. It has specifically been linked to eliminating stomach worms in children in tropical areas where tamarind in cultivated.

A Few Words of Caution: The main concern is that tamarind lowers blood pressure and is a blood thinner, so it can be difficult to reduce bleeding in case something happens. If you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners, be careful if you ingest an excessive amount of tamarind.

Ref.https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/tamarind.html

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Mint- Coriander Chutney

 

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Hi friends! This combination of herbs, Mint-coriander is a basic and easy-to-make chutney that is perfect for using as a dipping sauce with pakoras, cutlets and many other snacks and sandwiches.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (tightly packed)fresh Dhaniya /coriander/ Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup (tightly packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 2 -3 green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp black salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt/or salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Step 1.

Wash well Dhaniya /coriander/ Cilantro and Mint / Pudina leaves ,and finely chop them. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Wash, trim ends, remove stems and chop the green chilies.

Step 3.

Put chopped coriander and mint leaves along with the green chilies in a grinder. Add 1/4 cup water in the grinder and process until you have an even paste.

Step 3.

Remove from grinder into a serving bowl. Add salt and sugar. Stir in lemon juice.

Step 4.

Serve with, pakoras, cutlets, kebabs, etc.

Note: It makes an excellent sandwich spread with processed cheese slices etc.

Health Benefits of Mint, Coriander:

Coriander/dhania

The aroma and flavour of coriander or dhania help it gain a very useful place in the kitchen. It is known to help with anaemia as it is a rich source of iron and a strong immunity enhancer. Being rich in various vitamins and minerals, it is a great detoxifying agent and has dermatological benefits too. Fresh coriander leaves can be used for garnishing or coriander seeds can be used for cooking.

Mint /pudina

Mint or pudina is a classic herb used in a variety of cuisines. It’s refreshing aroma and flavor make it a very popular addition to juices and smoothies. It is used to cure digestive ailments and maintain oral health. These small leaves are a powerhouse of vitamin, dietary fiber and iron. It also keeps your skin radiant and hair healthy. Consumption of mint extracts like in tea is known to provide relief from headaches and migraine attacks.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-herbs-like-mint-coriander-curry-leaves-basil-and-more/

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Coriander-Garlic Chutney

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Coriander garlic chutney

Hi friends! A wonderful combination of coriander and pungent garlic, made into a chutney . The tamarind adds a pleasant tang to the Coriander Garlic Chutney, served as a dip or bread spread.

Total time: 10 minutes

Recipe type: sides

Making time: 2 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tightly packed, finely chopped coriander leaves/dhania
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilis, chopped
  • 6 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 small marble size tamarind / Imali, soaked in 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 level tsp salt / or as taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

Take coriander, wash it very well and chop it, and keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel, wash and chop the onion, green chilis and garlic cloves. Put all these ingredients along with salt and 1/4 cup of water in a grinder.

Step 3.

Take the soaked tamarind in microwave safe bowl with the water, and heat it for a minute. Cool it and extract the pulp and add it to the other ingredients in the grinder.

Step 4.

Grind all the ingredients with water till smooth. Refrigerate till required.

Note:  There are many variations of coriander chutney. This versions of coriander chutneys is my favorite. It goes very well with Pakoras, Stuffed parothas or other many snacks.It can be stored for 8-10 days in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Value of Coriander:

A powerful herb, has many health benefits, Coriander commonly known as Cilantro or Dhania.It is used globally in food preparations. Coriander is packed with potential health benefits. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin-C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties.It is rich in micro nutrients and nutritional elements. It contains dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Apart from being used in cooking, coriander leaves and seeds are known to help strengthen the stomach, reduce fever and lower cholesterol levels.

Nutritional Value of Garlic:

1.The Blood Purifier-Garlic will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins.

2. Cold and Flu-Garlic is going to provide you relief from that stubborn cold and flu . Garlic can be added to hot stews, broths and soups to fight sinusitis, cold and flu. And garlic is best had in its raw state.
3. Prevention of Heart Disease-Consuming garlic on a daily basis (in food or raw) helps to lower cholesterol levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin.

4. Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic-Garlic has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections for the last 7,000 years. Studies suggest diluted garlic extract helps children with tapeworm infections.

5. Cancer Prevention-Several studies have indicated an association between daily consumption of garlic and prevention of stomach and colorectal cancers. It is said to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.

6. For Skin and Hair-The invigorating properties of garlic protect the skin from the effect of free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin. Applied topically, garlic does wonders to skin infected with fungal infections and  provides relief from skin ailments like eczema. It is also an effective remedy for fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworms.
7. Splinters-Place a piece of cut garlic over the splinter cut and cover with a bandage- and voila! Bye-bye splinter.

Caution

  • Asthma patients should not consume garlic as it may have side-effects.
  • Garlic should be avoided before surgeries or medical operations.
  • Do not consume more than 2-3 garlic cloves in a day without consulting a doctor.

Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/powerhouse-of-medicine-and-flavour-surprising-health-benefits-of-garlic-1200468

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Basic Tomato chutney

 

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Hi Friends! Here is the recipe of spicy, tangy and flavorful tomato chutney  Tomato chutney you will enjoy with idli, dosas.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients :

  • 3 medium size onions
  • 3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 tsp urad dal/ husked black gram dal
  • 1 red chili
  • 1/4 tsp of asafetida / hing
  • 1 small marble size tamarind ( without seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup of water for 1 hour)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp low sodium salt / or salt as required
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • Few fresh curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup water or as required for grinding the chutney(if required to run the grinder)

Instructions:

Step 1.

Peel, wash and chop the onions , keep aside. Chop washed tomatoes and keep them aside.

Step 2.

Take a pan heat the oil add the urad dal and when it starts to change colour, add asafetida , red chili. Fry for few more minutes till the urad dal becomes golden.

Step 3.

Add the onions and sauté till golden, add the tomatoes ,and salt. Cover and cook till the tomatoes become soft, and are cooked.

Step 4.

Cool the onion tomato mixture, add the seedless tamarind and grind in the grinder. Add water if required for grinding.

Take out the chutney in a serving bowl.

For tempering:

Heat a pan with a tea spoon of oil, put mustard seeds. When mustard starts crackling add few curry leaves. Switch off the heat and spread the tempering on the tomato chutney.

This chutney goes very well with idli, dosas or vadas.

The Health Benefits of Eating Cooked Tomato :

Cooked tomato products can be many different things, including stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and ketchup. Tomatoes fall into the category of red and orange vegetables, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends people eat more of them. While there are plenty of nutritious components in tomatoes, recent research has focused on specific phytochemicals such as lycopene, which occurs at higher levels in cooked tomatoes than in any other food.

Tomato Nutrition

Tomatoes are a low-calorie food, with only 33 calories in a large tomato. Tomatoes are high in vitamins C, A and K. They also contain high levels of potassium and manganese. Tomatoes are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract healthy by increasing stool bulk and preventing constipation. While cooking often reduces the levels of vitamins in tomatoes, some of these beneficial components remain intact. The tomato skins contain fiber and nutrients as well, so cooked tomato products with the skin are better than those without it.

Lycopene and Health

One of the most beneficial components in the tomato isn’t a vitamin or mineral, but the phytochemical lycopene. This compound, which gives tomatoes their distinctive red color, acts as an antioxidant in the body. Consuming high levels of lycopene can lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Cooking tomatoes for two minutes, a quarter-hour and a half-hour boosts the lycopene levels in tomatoes by 6, 17 and 35 percent, respectively, according to research published in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry” in May 2002.

Cholesterol-Lowering Properties

A Meta-Analysis published in the April 2011 issue of “Maturitas” found that cooked tomato products could lower cholesterol at levels comparable to prescribed statins. Doses of 25 mg of lycopene a day lowered cholesterol levels by about 10 percent, according to the research. Getting this much lycopene from fresh tomatoes can be difficult, but it is easy to get this amount from tomato sauce or other cooked tomato products.

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Mango Chutney

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This simply delicious chutney recipe is contributed by Mrs. Rohini G Tirupathi.

Hi friends!Raw mango is one of the healthiest fruits you can try out in the beginning of summer. Raw mango is loved not just for its taste but also for the numerous health benefits it has. This mango chutney is made with raw mangoes and can be stored in an air-tight container. Try out this healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

  •  1 kg Green Mangoes (raw) grated
  • 1 kg Sugar
  •  10 to 12 chopped Garlic flakes
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seed,roasted and powdered
  • 3-4 tbsp Vinegar

Method:

Step 1.

 Wash, peel and grate the mangoes in a bowl.

Step 2.

 Add sugar and mix it well with the pulp without adding water.

Step 3.

 Cook with chopped garlic till a drop of it set on a cold plate.

Step 4.

 Remove from the gas and add the spices.

Step 5.

 When cold, add the vinegar.

 Step 6.

Bottle it in sterilized jars.

Note: Raw mangoes contains vitamin A and Vitamin E that is said to maintain hormonal balance in the body. Eating unripe mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body, and helps to quench thirst. In summers, it is the most sought after food because it is said to prevent heat stroke and is also used as a medicine against the same.

Health benefits of raw mangoes:

  • Treat blood disorders: Raw mangoes are extremely beneficial in treating blood disorders because of their high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and boosts the formation of new blood cells. It also aids the absorption of iron and prevents bleeding tendencies besides increasing body resistance against TB, anaemia, cholera and dysentery.
  • Treatment of Scurvy: Dried mango powder is highly beneficial in treating Scurvy.
  • Indigestion and constipation:Raw mangoes are good for hormonal health.
  • They contain Vitamin B that helps you retain good health. They also help with indigestion and constipation problems. Furthermore, they cleanse the intestine and clear off many other infections. Raw mango contains vitamin A and Vitamin E that enhances one’s hormonal system.
  • Prevent dehydration
  • Eating unripe mangoes with salt prevents the excessive loss of water from the body, and helps to quench thirst. In addition, it also protects one from the negative effects of very high temperature. Drinking unripe mango juice prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron to excessive sweating.
  • Treats gastro-intestinal disordersUnripe mango juice is nutritious. Unripe mangoes are a rich source of pectin, which if mixed with honey and salt, is highly beneficial in treating gastro-intestinal disorders. It is also considered as very effective medicine for diarrhea, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.
  • Treat liver disorders Unripe mangoes help in treating liver disorders because they increase the secretion of bile acids and clean the intestines of bacterial infections. They also have more Antioxidants and Vitamin C than ripe mangoes. These antioxidant properties protect the body against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Ref. http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2015-02-16/186012/

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