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Six tastes chutney

TASTE is a fundamental principle in an Ayurvedic diet. There are 6 tastes, sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent, and each one is in charge of different functions in the body.

In Ayurveda, the ideal diet is the one which includes all of them in every meal.

It’s taken me a while to realise how the six tastes work in my diet. And to be honest, I sometimes need extra help to get them all together as I naturally tend to avoid sour (it doesn’t agree with me ;)

I believe a chutney or a pickle will do the trick. It will offset the tastes our meal is lacking.

Looking for a fresh and wholesome chutney recipes, I found the following one at (I adapted it a bit though). It is quite simple to make as you only need a blender and 5 minutes of your time. But best of all, it has all six tastes!! Let’s shred it in Ayurvedic terms:


- Sweet: 2 tablespoons raisins (soaked for 1 hour) and

- Sour: ½ teaspoon of lemon juice

- Salty: ½ teaspoon of salt

- Pungent: 1 inch (2.5cm) piece of fresh ginger

- Bitter: ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves

- Astringent: 1 green apple (seeded, peeled and chopped)


Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Taste it, feel it and add more lemon, ginger or coriander if necessary. Make it yours.

It can accompany every a sandwich!! And it can be stored in the fridge for 2 days.

Extra challenge: observe the tastes in your diet. Which taste predominates? Which taste do you crave? When do you crave it? I believe this is the way of learning what we need.

We can then talk more about each taste in particular.

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