SAAOL does not allow you to eat packed food. SAAOL recommends that you make all the food in your home including chutneys, sauces, jam, etc. The hot, zingy and strong-flavored chutneys and sauces have always got special attention in Indian food, they are above the culture, religion, and society, almost every Indian loves to add them in their meal, their root has a deep penetration in our food pattern. Chutneys and sauces can add taste, flavor, and interest in the dullest food you can think of.
These humble, low cost, and easy to make delicacies of food have nutrition advantages beyond our imagination. Tomato the king in sauce making, is filled with the goodness of Lycopene, one of the most important antioxidants; coriander, mint, parsley important part of chutneys can surprisingly increase the nutritive value of meal as they are rich sources of iron, Vitamin C, etc, the addition of chutneys or sauces even in a single meal of the day can help in meeting the nutritional requirement of some the nutrients, especially, iron calcium and Vitamin C.
The hot sauces can help in reducing the problems related to cold, they have been found to clear sinuses, so next time you catch cold don’t forget to add sauces to your meal! Normally chilies are the important component of these wonder foods; have a compound called ‘capsaicin’. Capsaicin adds special zingy flavor in chilly, it has lots of benefits:-
- Triggers digestive enzymes and hence improves digestion.
- Can help in losing weight, as it increases the Basal Metabolic Rate of the body which in turn increases the rate of burning of calories.
- It found to have killing effects on a few microorganisms, especially Salmonella, which is associated with the most dreadful diseases in humans like typhoid.
- Few studies have shown their positive effect on hypertensive patients.
Moreover, chutneys and sauces are very easy to make, their ingredients are available all year round, and they are very low cost too, which means getting too much in too little. Hence, we should take full advantage of these age-old Indian accompaniments, by adding them to our food, every time we want to make a tasty and nutritious choice for ourselves.
List of Chutneys that you can make at home:
- Apple Chutney
- Chickpea Bread Spread
- Chili Garlic Spread
- Dal Chutney
- Dhaniya Chutney
- Khatti Mithi Chutney
- Mint Coriander Chutney
- Onion Chutney
- Raisin Chutney
- Raw Mango Chutney