Pomegranate is considered "tridosha," making it wholesome for all types of conditions and constitutions in Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda, a COMPLETE MEAL is when all SIX TASTES are present, including sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Each taste has a specific function 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.
In comparison to Western nutrition, Ayurveda considers all proteins, carbs, and fats as sweet. Grains, pulses, oils, meats (like buffalo, pork, beef), nuts and seeds, sweeteners, and some spices like cinnamon, fennel, or saffron fall under the sweet taste. The daily intake of the sweet taste depends on an individual's constitution and/or imbalance.
Chutneys are ideal to complement all the tastes in a meal. By adding a spoonful to your meals, you can ensure that you are consuming all the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy.
Here's a simple 10-minute recipe with basic 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 (optional)
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. Store it in a jar, and it'll keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
This chutney is perfect to accompany your meals or as a snack on top of oat biscuits. Enjoy!