Balance the Six Tastes of Ayurveda with This Coconut Cilantro Chutney

By Jyoti Jain | Posted : August 19, 2020

Ayurveda recommends incorporating all the six tastes - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent to create a balanced meal. Each of the six tastes, used collectively or individually in the appropriate dose brings about balance in the bodily systems and plays a vital role in our health and wellbeing. One of the ways you can incorporate the six tastes is to serve freshly made chutney as a condiment along with your main meals.

This tasty sweet and tangy chutney has all the six tastes and comes together in a jiffy. Chutneys also stimulate the Agni or digestive fire and help with digestion. The cilantro and coconut are cooling and ideal for summertime. It can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. Besides serving it with my main meals, I also use it to make cucumber sandwiches. I even marinade my summer veggies with chutney and yogurt overnight and throw them on a hot grill the next day to make delicious and flavorful grilled veggies. 

Do give this sweet and tangy chutney a try!

Coconut Cilantro Chutney

(all organic ingredients) 

(yields ~2 cups)


2 bunches cilantro

½ cup fresh grated coconut

½ cup of water

1 small green chili

1 lemon juiced

1-inch fresh ginger

1 tbsp roasted channa dal (available at Indian grocery stores)

1 tsp jaggery (available at Indian grocery stores)

Salt to taste


Cut and discard the ends of the cilantro stems. Rinse the cilantro with water. Add all the ingredients to a food processor with an S Blade and blend to a smooth consistency. Enjoy as a condiment with every meal.

Balance your main meals with this tasty chutney. Don’t forget to like, comment, and share. After all, sharing is caring. In the meantime, I invite you to learn more about SKY Breath Meditation and attend this free, live online session with a meditation instructor, Beyond Breath. Like this chutney recipe, a SKY Breath Meditation practice gives your whole system more balance!

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Jyoti Jain is a culinary instructor, food blogger, and food photography enthusiast and has been teaching the Art of Wholesome Eating (AWE) class through the Art of Living Foundation for over 12 years. You can view more recipes at her personal blog

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