Almond Chutney is very simple to prepare, it is packed with the great nutritional benefits of Almonds and gives a good nutty flavor if used as dip’s for vegetables or as a salad dressing.
Nutrition and health benefits of Almonds
Almond (Badam) acts as a very good substitute for coconut. If you are a vegan, Almonds fill in most for the milk’s nutrition. Almonds contain lot of protein, calcium and vitamin B complex. It is very rich in Vitamin A, riboflavin and niacin (increases HDL and reduces triglycerides). Here is a great informational link that details the nutrition and health benefits of Almonds. Also, this is a great article about why soaking of nuts are beneficial. “Soaking Nuts” from The Nourishing Gourmet.
Ingredients for Badam Chutney:
- 1 cup almonds (soak for overnight or 5 to 6 hours)
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 3 green chillies
- 5 to 6 curry leaves
- 1/2 inch ginger
- small lemon size tamarin ( instead of tamarind you can use 1TBSP of freshly squeezed lemon juice)
- small marble size Jaggery (Optional)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water (for vegetable dip’s or salad dressing, please use 1 and 1/4 cup water)
For seasoning (For Raw diet please check Raw Diet section):
- 1 teaspoon oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- pinch of Asafoetida or hing
- Makes almost 1 3/4 cup of chutney.
How to make Almond Chutney:
- Put all ingredients (almonds, chopped cilantro, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger, tamarind, salt, jaggery (optional) and ½ cup water (for vegetable dips or salad dressing, please use 3/4 cup water) and grind it for a few seconds.
- Add all the water and grind it to a paste. If this chutney is used as a spread or dip, grind it to a very fine paste. That’s all, your chutney is ready!
- To enhance the taste, however, we will add seasoning.
To prepare the seasoning:
- Keep the ladle on the stove on a medium high heat.
- Add 1 teaspoon oil and let it heat up.
- To check if the oil is ready, add some mustard seeds, which should pop right away.
- Once heated, add all the mustard seeds and asafetida.
- Turn off the heat and add this seasoning to the chutney and mix it.
- Now our delicious healthy Almond chutney for dosa and idli is ready.
For Raw diet
Please skip the above the seasoning, add the following to another bowl
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds (as is or grind into powder form)
- whisk thoroughly in the bowl
- Then add this mixture to the Almond Chutney.
It goes very well as a sandwich spread and, also as a dip for vegetables and tortilla chips. In thinner form, it tastes extremely well as a salad dressing adding that delicate nutty flavor.