Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cilantro Apple Chutney

In Ayurveda the taste of the food impacts the physiology and the spirit state. Food is spiced to incorporate all the tastes to provide a balanced food experience. The spicing in the right amounts also aids the digestion and the assimilation of food and its nutrients.

Cilantro Apple chutney is a condiment for your meal. The cilantro is a cooling herb that aids digestion and calms excess heat, like inflammation or heartburn. The apple and natural turbinado sugar are sweet and soothing. The pinch of salt acts in a balancing way to stimulate the digestive process, but more would be too heating. The lemon is sour and is used in a sparing way to help eliminate gas in the digestive process.

The taste of the chutney is a little different, but it grows on you. It is also a great way to use the fall season's apple harvest.


  • 2 apples

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp turbinado sugar

  • juice of 1-2 lemons

Peel and core the apples. Chop in food processor with the fresh cilantro. Add the lemon juice, salt and sugar and gently process. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Variation: Replace apples with 2 pears and omit the sugar.

Stay healthy & well,


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