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August 23, 2011


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I got this recipe from my friend.It tastes good with idly / dosa. My MIL used to tell me the numerous health benefits of ginger. So i started using ginger in my daily cooking. Once in a week i make thogayal / pachadi / chutney with ginger.Do try this chutney , i am sure u'll love it.


To roast in oil
  • Ginger - Thumb finger size
  • Red chilly - 2 nos (reduce to one if u want less spicy)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Tamarind - small berry size
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water - as required
To temper (  I couldn't temper as i was in a hurry . But I suggest u all to do this step )
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Chop the ginger into small pieces.
  • Heat a kadai with a tsp of oil and saute the ginger pieces,dals and red chillies.
  • Finally add the grated coconut,salt & tamarind.Fry for a minute.
  • Grind everything into a smooth paste.Temper all the items given above.
Enjoy with idly / dosa topped with sesame oil.


Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are ten health benefits of this powerful herb.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
Heartburn Relief
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).
Ginger for Cholesterol Reduction
In cholesterol-fed rabbits treated with ginger, total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels were reduced and the atherogenic induct was reduced from 4.7 to 1.12.
The marked rise in body weights, glucose, insulin, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids and phospholipids in serum of rats that followed 6 weeks of high-fat diet treatment were significantly reduced by extract of ginger treatment.
The effect of ginger powder on lipid levels was investigated in a double blind controlled clinical trial involving forty-five patients in the treatment group and 40 patients in placebo group. There was a significant reduce in triglycerides, cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL), very low density lipoprotein (VLDL).


  1. nice n yummy chutney wid soft n fluffy idlis..looks delicious

  2. Chutney sounds delicious. The idli platter looks so tempting.

  3. Soft idlis with flavourful ginger chutney what else can I ask...just pass on the plate please

  4. hi chitra, how r u? ginger chutney sounds gud....surely goes well with idly..will try soon!

  5. Appetizing chutney,will try next time! Looks tempting!

  6. Looks yum n that idly looks so soft...yummy platter

  7. Flavorful chutney...loved the combo...

  8. ginger i never use often in my cooking.nice to know abt the health benefits. very flavourful chutney and delicious soft idlis

  9. Healthy chutney.Even my mom also use to prepare this but without adding garlic.

  10. Wow.. loving this simple and healthy chutney.. yumm

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  11. I prepare this chutney sans garlic. The click is too tempting.

  12. Flavorful and yummy chutney..nice recipe

  13. Wow very good chutney hv to try this sure for its health benefits!! good post!!

  14. Soft Idlis with flavorful ginger chutney..yummy what else would you want...

  15. Delicious and yummy chutney, love it..

  16. wow..tempting and tasty chutney..Pass me some here..

  17. Wow delicious and healthy chutney...Wonderful combo with idly...

  18. Delicious and yummy chutney, love it..

  19. The platter makes me hungry.The idly looks so soft.

  20. lovely post...simple and healthy chutney..yumm


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