Pomegranate is considered "tridosha" so it's wholesome for all types of conditions and constitutions.
A COMPLETE MEAL in Ayurveda is when all SIX TASTES are present. They are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. An important tip to remember is that the tastes are based on their functions in the body and mind. For example: the sweet taste nourishes, soothes the sense organs, brings happiness to the mind, promotes tissue growth, increases strength and improves body stability to mention some benefits.
To compare with western nutrition, Ayurveda considers all proteins, carbs and fats sweet. For example: grains, pulses, oils, meats (like buffalo, pork, beef), nuts and seeds, sweeteners and some spices like cinnamon, fennel or saffron. The daily intake of the sweet taste depends on the individual’s constitution and/or imbalance.
For me, chutneys are ideal to complement all the tastes in a meal. By adding a spoonful to your meals you make sure you are eating all the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy.
The following is a 10 minute recipe with simple ingredients:
Sweet: 10 – 12 lightly roasted walnuts
Sour: the 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. (I avoid garlic as I cannot digest it well)
Bitter: 1 large bunch of coriander leaves
Astringent: 1/2 teaspoon of honey
Method: blend all the ingredients together and adjust the salt or lemon if necessary. Put it in a jar and it’ll keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
This chutney is ideal to accompany your meals or as a snack on top of oats biscuits ;).