Sunday, September 9, 2012

Onion Chutney

South Indian Onion chutney recipe is usually used to as a spicy smear for dosa. This quick sweet red onion chutney goes with mallige idli, chapathis, parathas too. Here is an answer for  how to make red onion chutney.     

Ingredients:

Medium sized onion – 4
Red chillies – 7-8
Tamarind juice – 2 tea spoons
Curry leaves -  10-15
Powdered Jaggery –  2 tea spoons
Asafetida – 1 pinch
Mustard – ½ tea spoon
Sesame oil -  2 table spoons
Salt – according to taste

Method - Slice onions into small pieces. Add jaggery , salt, asafetida , red chillies, tamarind juice to onion. Blend it to a fine paste without adding water .Heat a wok or kadahi on stove. Pour sesame oil to it. When oil is hot add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Transfer ground onion paste to wok. Allow the water content to evaporate. Keep turning the mixture in between. When oil starts oozing from the chutney turn off heat. Serve this chutney with parathas, dosas or rotis.

 Health benefits of ingredients-

Onion: Onion help to rejuvenate liver, normalize digestion, relieve constipation and increase appetite. Hence it is very beneficial in piles (hemorrhoids) , constipation, jaundice and indigestion. White onions are recommended in bleeding disorders to reduce bleeding. Hence it is used in conditions like bleeding piles and bleeding through nose. Onions are used in home remedies to reduce cough. Onion and its seeds are known to help in erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and male infertility. It helps to increase libido, quality and quantity of semen. It is a very good vajikara. It helps to reduce itching on skin.

Curry leaves: Curry leaves have many medicinal properties. They stimulate secretion of digestive enzymes and aid digestion. Adding curry leaves to our diet help to strengthen the digestive system. Curry leaves help in hair growth and slows down premature graying.
Sesame oil: Sesame oil brings aggravated vata to normal condition. When it is infused with various herbs, it almost cures all diseases. According to principles of ayurveda sesame is heavy to digest and increases moistness of tissues. It tastes sweet and has hot potency (ushna). The seeds and oil are used for medicinal purposes.