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Despite the fact that chutneys can be easily tucked away in some small corner of the plate, they still play a very crucial role in the Indian cuisine. Chutneys are an important ingredient for serving various Indian dishes like idli, dosa, vada, uttapam, sandwiches, samosas, pakoras, patties, bhel puri, sev puri and so on. The main power of the Indian street food lies in its chutneys.
Chutneys with Indian food not only act as an appetizer but are also very good for digestion. The importance of chutneys is such that they provide the main flavour to any street food. In most of the Indian chutneys, one of its ingredients dominates its taste and that is how that particular chutney is named. Most of the famous Indian chutneys are made using cilantro, ginger, garlic, coriander, coconut, mint, cumin, lime, tomatoes, peanuts and chili.
Following are the names of some of the most famous Indian chutneys:
More about Indian chutneys
Even though chutneys are just a side dish in the Indian cuisines but ask any Indian about their importance and you surely will not be disappointed. Indians seem to love one and all kinds of chutneys whether it be with snacks, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Along with a spicy, salty, sweet and sour taste, different chutneys have different health benefits too.
Amla chutney is the richest source of vitamin C, develops immunity and also protects you from cold and cough. Coriander chutney is rich in various vitamins like vitamin A, B, C and E and is also very rich in calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. It is also a potential cure of piles, constipation, cough, stomach pain and fever.
Mango chutney is also rich in vitamin C and cures diarrhoea, indigestion, piles, dysentery, scurvy and bilious disorders. Garlic chutney lowers blood sugar and increases energy level of the body. It is also good for toothache, builds immune system and is good for combating virus and bacteria.
Tomato chutney is rich in vitamin A, C, K, folate and potassium. It has low sodium content and also low cholesterol and is good for heart patients. It is also a very good blood purifier.
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