Mighty Chutney—Powerhouse of Flavour And Micronutrients

Chutney is more than just a side dish. That fragrant dollop of chutney is loaded with enormous health benefits. Let’s find out what nutrients truly make it beneficial along with four chutney recipes.

By URLife Team
25 Sep 2022

Indian food is incomplete without a dash of sweet, sour, or spicy chutney. Be it dosa, chapati, biryani, pulao, or paratha, the Indian platter is always accompanied with complementary chutneys. The word chutney came from the Sanskrit word ‘chaatni’ which means ‘to lick’. The oldest known chutney in the ancient Indian wellness practice is ‘chyawanprash’ an amla paste (Indian gooseberry). There is much folklore about how the chutney came into existence in contemporary India.


Mint, tamarind, and coriander chutney are very common in every Indian household as a variety of dishes are paired with chutneys such as naan, paneer starters, and even south Indian platter. Chutneys are also eaten with several street foods like chaat, kachoris, momos, sandwiches, etc. Legend has it that in the 17th century when Mughal emperor Shah Jahan fell ill, his physician or hakim recommended him to eat spicy and easy-to-digest dishes. Considering this a part of the emperor's treatment plant, combining fresh herbs like mint and coriander took place. Thus, spicy mint and coriander chutney was invented.


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Hyderabad-based senior nutritionist at URLife Shereen Begum  shares 4 unique chutney recipes that one must try to avail health benefits.


1. Besan Chutney

Chutney has the charm to transform any meal into a finger-licking delight. Apart from interesting flavours, chutney brings in antioxidants, protein, and loads of fibre. For instance, besan or chickpea flour is an excellent source of protein, Vitamin B, iron, folate, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. Consuming besan chutney can:


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2. Gongura Chutney

Gongura or red sorrel leaves is an excellent source of folate and Vitamin A, C, and B6. It is also loaded with iron, antioxidants, calcium and zinc.


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3. Ridge Gourd (Turai) Chutney

Ridge gourd or turai has many health benefits. It is rich in essential components like dietary fibres, water content, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, magnesium and Vitamin B6. It is naturally low in calorie content, unhealthy saturated fats and cholesterol.


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4. Curry Leaves Chutney

Curry leaves are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and B2. Curry leaves are also said to be a good source of iron and calcium. Because of this reason, curry leaves are used as part of folklore medicine to treat calcium deficiency. Curry leaves can also be used for weight loss, treating dysentery, constipation and diarrhoea.


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