How to Make Coconut Mint Chutney
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Roast the mustard seeds till the begin to pop. Add all ingredient to a food processor and blend.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Coconut mint chutney is a perfect example of how Ayurveda principles can be used to balance forbidden ingredients. Ayurveda creates balance through relationship. Ingredients can be paired against one another to offset their effects. That special, yet easy to acquire skill opens up a world of possibilities.
Here's how it works: Use the gunas
. Mint is forbidden for Vata because it is drying and dispersing. Mustard seed is forbidden to Pitta because it is heating. Coconut is forbidden to Kapha because it is heavy. Mixed together, coconut mint chutney is a yummy 'tri-doshic' treat, healthy for all three doshas. Mint makes coconut light for Kapha. Mustard seed makes coconut warm for Vata and Kapha. And coconut anchors the uplifting qualities of mint and mustard seed for Pitta and Vata.
Ayurvedic specialists disagree on whether or not mint is heating. It depends on the variety. Either way, mint clears the stomach and useful for nausea due to heaviness.
WHAT IS COCONUT MINT CHUTNEY?
Coconut mint chutney is an Indian classic and one of our favorites. Used as ubiquitously as our beloved ketchup, coconut mint chutney is a refreshing garnish on dosas (fried savory pancakes), curries, potato, chick peas and just about any dish.
What Makes a Chutney a Chutney?
Chutneys are condiments. Chutney-like American condiments include relish, tartar sauce, barbecue sauce, and ketchup. Chutneys typically combine four or more of the six tastes, especially sweet, sour, salty, and pungent. Where Americans shy away from bitters, Indian chutneys are more likely to include them.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Coconut Mint Chutney:
An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Herbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
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An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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Skin Care & Beauty:
Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
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healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Sometimes with fresh basil or cilantro or even parsley, depending on season and availability, the recipe can be adjusted for taste with more or less salt or lime, and is fabulous with an avocado instead of coconut. Sometimes I'll toast 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp oregano and pinch of hing in a tsp of oil and mix them in with the avocado and the central green for variations on my "Emerald Relish". Parsley makes the best emerald color and is a yummy kidney warmer and staple for our winter holidays without coconut or avocado.
Basil is also warming, but so available in summertime I just leave out the mustard seed; with avocado and thinned with extra olive oil, it is regularly requested at family holidays on pasta if we can find enough basil. Cilantro helps with chelation as well as Pitta cooling like the mint.
These get called a relish with corn on the cob or veggie burgers, chutney with Indian food, and salsa on tortillas. Delish on sandwiches, for sure!
OH do I love these recipes! And then we can play with mint and beet or carrot, maybe add limonene rich, cancer reversing organic essential oil of orange zest, and.... the play just keeps playing. Joyful tastes for your joyful belly and overall vitality!
- Ysha Oakes, Albuquerque, NM 06-15-10
mine doesn't look like your pic and so I added coconut manna and later some coconut milk- turned out more a dressing.. I think I may try this on baked chicken. overall the recipe as is for me, as a chutney, is not a joyful tasting, in texture especially, experience.
- Michelle, MD 06-13-20