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Eat south Indian chutneys like Padma Lakshmi, for good health

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Padma Lakshmi’s always looked like a million bucks despite being a total foodie personally and professionally! The key is to balance ancient wisdom with modern ingredients... So her south Indian diet of idlis and dosas holds her in good stead as far as carbs go, and she’s also a big fan of healthy chutneys, which combine the goodness of coconut and local herbs and condiments. Let’s take a look at how you can stay healthy with chutneys as well.

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Along with this delectable Instagram photograph, Padma also shared a recipe for coconut chutney. Just take one and a half cups of fresh, shredded coconut, half a cup of cilantro- some thin stems included, one to two hot green chilies, a quarter cup water, or just enough to blend it all together in a blender. Purée in blender, add salt to taste, and set aside in a small bowl. Now, in a small saute pan on medium high heat, add two tablespoons canola oil, and once hot, add half teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds. The second the seeds start to pop, add a heaping teaspoon of split white gram lentils (urad dal), one dry red chili, four to five fresh curry leaves, and a healthy pinch of asofetida powder. Stir together quickly, remove from flame, and pour quickly on top of chutney.

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Besides adding zing and flavour to almost any dish, mint leaves have a variety of benefits ranging from soothing the tummy to being a detox agent. Mint chutney acts as a counterbalance to the fried snacks like samosas and pakodas that usually go with it. It is also a treasure trove of phytonutrients and keeps all kinds of allergies at bay.

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This fruit, treated as a vegetable, packs a punch when it comes to chutneys — combining tangy taste with wellness. Tomato chutneys are rich in calcium, potassium and Vitamins A, C, E and K. It contains lycopene, a phytochemical that keeps cancers at bay. In fact, chutneys and ketchup have higher lycopene amounts when compared to raw tomatoes! It is also great to keep blood pressure balanced, and reduce the risk of heart ailments.

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One of the healthiest chutneys on the block, curry leaves chutney is a rich source of iron and folic acid. It is also good to protect skin and hair health, optimise liver function, keep chest congestion and cough at bay, and prevent skin infections. What’s more, just one helping of curry leaves chutney can reduce the ill effects of chemotherapy by half!

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