This month must be the month of Chutneys at my blog. After the jain versions of Green Chutney for chaats / sandwiches & Quick Tomato Chutney, I made this very very healthy Nelli Pachadi (Amla Chutney / Gooseberry chutney) which we usually make for Dwaadasi Paranai (the feast on Dwadasi - the 12th day of the hindu Calendar). Amla is a superfood, the benefits listed here. My grandmom used to make this along with Agathi keerai poriyal, and the combo was a super hit when mixed with rice and hot ghee.
Before we proceed on to this simple recipe : a background. Hindus usually fast on Ekadasi (11th day of the fortnight) with cereals / carbs totally off that day, and sticking to fruits and milk. This is one (religious) way of cleansing the body of all toxins. How simple to detox !! So, the next day that is Dwadasi, the food is not only Saatvic, but is also easily digestible : containing herbs (like Agathi Keerai or Agase soppu(Kannada) - botanical name is Sesbania grandiflora- which is known to cure mouth ulcers and Amla - which is the supreme condiment for Vitamin C ) . It is said that eating one gooseberry every day increases your healthy life span by 3 months (I dont know the source of this data, but I bet it must be true, coz Amla is sooooo healthy). If you are still interested in why people fast only on Ekadasi, check this very interesting link.
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