Fall is the time of the year when you are making a transition from the long and warm summer days to the cold and short winter days. Every season comes with its own color and beauty. It is always advisable to modify your food choices along with the season. When there is a transition from one weather to another, our body undergoes changes, and to support this we include or exclude certain foods. Let us see how chutneys can be included in our diets to increase our immunity and intake of certain vitamins and minerals.
Chutneys are a mixture of a variety of ingredients from herbs and spices to fruits and vegetables. It is not a dish by itself, rather it is always used as an accompaniment with the main dishes. Every culture from all over the world has its own variety of chutneys. In India, chutneys are used as an accompaniment with a lot of foods, in fact traditionally it was always a part of every meal. The unique combination of the mixture of different herbs and spices aided in digestion of meals. Every state in India has its own version of chutneys. Some primarily make chutneys with only herbs and spices, whereas others use fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, mangoes, date, tamarind, coconut, peanuts and even brinjal. Chutneys range from being very spicy to mildly sweet and tangy and even pungent at times. The most popular Major Grey’s chutneys was invented by the British during their rule in India and was influenced by the concept of chutneys in India. They are now the most popular chutneys throughout the world.
One of the most popular chutney in India and prepared widely throughout all cultures is the Cilantro Mint chutney. Cilantro and Mint, are like a pair made just for each other. They complement each other like no other herbs. While Cilantro has its own very unique and suttle and sweet flavor,mint has a breath of fresh air. Both have cooling properties and aid in digestion.
Besides aiding in digestion, cilantro also contains compounds called flavonoids that help protect the body from allergies of pollen specially during the spring and autumn. While both mint and cilantro are used in cooking in a variety of ways, like adding them in curries, dressings, and salads, it is also used to make chutneys. Chutneys are used in a variety of ways and have originated from India. Cilantro and mint together is one of the most popular chutney, and is used most commonly used as a sauce with samosas, and as a spread with sandwiches and wraps.
Cilantro Mint Chutney Recipe with Superfoods
While Cilantro and Mint both are herbs of great benefits, here is a recipe which will make the chutney even more healthier and tastier. Every ingredient used in this recipe has a health benefit. The uniqueness of this recipe is that it is enriched with superfoods which are rich in antioxidants, minerals and also rich source of vitamin A and C and also rich in fiber. Chia seeds is a rich source of fiber, protein, digestible carbohydrates, and also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Moringa on the other hand is an excellent antioxidant and also helps increase the shelf life of the chutney by reducing oxidation. It is also a rich source of vitamin A, C, B6 and Iron.
Here is a unique recipe that is not only tasty, but has great health benefits.
Clean and wash the cilantro, mint, jalapeno, and ginger thoroughly in running water. Combine all the dry ingredients - chickpeas, chia seeds, cumin seeds, and moringa powder and pulse to make a fine powder in a food processor. Then add the rest of the ingredients – cilantro, mint, jalapeno, garlic, ginger, lemon, sea salt, and water. Pulse units all the ingredients combine and form a smooth paste.
Empty the contents in a mason jar. Seal it and refrigerate. Use it within one week.
Tips: To increase the shelf life, you may also freeze this chutney in a mason jar, and defrost by pulling out from the freezer a few hours before use.
How to use:
This chutney can be used in a variety of ways: