Cooling Chutney (Ayurvedic Ketchup)

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Cooling Chutney – Ayurvedic Ketchup

Chutneys or “pestos' ' or you can call “dips, sauces” are small in quantity but have such a powerful effect on your meals. They are a combination of sweet-sour and pungent tastes and use herbs-spices to enhance it even more. You can add a fruit for sweetness, olive oil or avocado for healthy oils, and veggies like beetroots for taste and color.
Ayurveda advises us to have 6 tastes in our meals, which are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. You may adjust one or two of the tastes according to your dosh (unique constitution) or imbalances. For example, if you are a Pitta person and/or have Pitta imbalance, you are most probably on fire – have acidity, heartburn and indigestion problems. 
So, a chutney/sauce with sweet-astringent taste will help you to balance this!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Ayurveda
Servings 6 people


  • cup Cooked (boiled or baked) beetroots
  • ¾ cup Dried cranberries
  • 1.5 tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ tsp Digestive Masala Mix: ¼ teaspoon of Cumin-Coriander-Fennel seeds, ⅛ teaspoon of Cardamom seeds (not the pods, but the black seeds inside) mixed and grinded into powder, mixed with ¼ teaspoon of ginger and 1/8spoon of turmeric)
  • ¾ tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Maple or date syrup
  • tsp Fresh lime juice (optional)
  • 6 Curry leaves (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Pomegranate molasses (Optional)


  • In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup water, the cranberries, masala, olive oil, curry leaves, salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the cranberries are soft. Set aside to cool
  • Add the cooked ingredients, beetroots, the maple syrup,pomegranate molasses, and blend until very smooth and creamy. If the sauce turned out too thick, add a little water. Taste the sauce first without lime and decide if it is sour enough for you
  • Serve at room temperature and you can store refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to ten days

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