Savour essence of coriander in this exquisite chutney, bursting with vibrant and captivating flavours.
In Ayurveda, a complete meal is one that incorporates all six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Each taste serves a specific function in the body and mind. For instance, the sweet taste nourishes and soothes the sense organs, brings happiness to the mind, promotes tissue growth, increases strength, and improves body stability, among other benefits.
In comparison to Western nutrition, Ayurveda considers all proteins, carbohydrates, and fats as sweet. This includes grains, pulses, oils, meats (such as buffalo, pork, and beef), nuts and seeds, sweeteners, and certain spices like cinnamon, fennel, or saffron. The daily intake of the sweet taste varies depending on an individual's constitution and/or imbalance.
For me, chutneys are an ideal way to incorporate all the tastes into a meal. By adding a spoonful of chutney to your dishes, you ensure that you are consuming all the necessary nutrients to maintain good health.
Here is a simple 10-minute recipe using common ingredients:
Sweet: 10-12 lightly roasted walnuts
Sour: Zest of a lemon or lime (you may need a little more)
Salty: A pinch of rock salt
Pungent: ½ teaspoon ground pepper (black, white, or green), ½ teaspoon grated ginger, and 1 garlic clove or a green pepper (optional)
Bitter: 1 large bunch of coriander leaves
Astringent: ½ teaspoon of honey
Blend all the ingredients together and adjust the salt or lemon to taste. Transfer the chutney to a jar and store it in the fridge for 2-3 days.
This versatile chutney is perfect for accompanying your meals or enjoying as a snack on top of oat biscuits.
Indulge in the diverse flavors and benefits of this six tastes chutney. Enjoy!