Healthy, easy to make dips you can try at home

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Are you too busy to rustle up an elaborate meal Monday to Friday? Do you feel that what you eat during the week days is lacking in both taste and nutrition and good food days have become confined to weekends?

Here are some dips/ chutneys/ spreads that you can prepare in advance and store in your refrigerator. They will not just help you make quick, healthy dishes, but also add taste to your food.

Sweet Chili Chutney
It is a quick alternative to the delectable momo chutney. Take 10-12 cloves of garlic, 2 -3 tsp red chili powder, 2-3 tsp sugar, salt to taste and 1-2 tsp olive oil. Grind them to a paste and use as a burger/pizza spread or chutney. You can also add it in veggies as a taste enhancer.

Sesame-basil spread
Take 4 tsp roasted sesame seeds, 12 basil leaves, 4 tsp roasted groundnuts, 5 cloves of garlic, salt to taste, one green chili finely chopped, half a cup water and blend to a fine paste. This chutney goes well with all kinds of snacks and also can be added in your hummus as a substitute of tahini.

Sweet Mint Dip
Grind together 2 tsp chopped ginger, a bunch of chopped mint leaves, one Indian outgooseberry chopped, 1 tsp sugar, salt to taste and half a cup water. Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C, this dip will do wonders to your health if taken on a regular basis.

Green Spread

In a blender add 1 chopped tomato, one green chili finely chopped, a handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves, 10 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp sugar, salt to taste and grind to a fine paste. Spread it on sandwiches, or add it in veggies or salads. It can also be used as a marinade too.

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