Arka Mushroom chutney powders
The Arka Mushroom chutney powder technology relates to the usage of dry oyster mushroom for the production of mushroom chutney powder or chuteny podi which can be used for the nutrition enhancement of daily household diet both at rural and urban levels. Although mushrooms are very well known for their culinary medicinal properties, their consumption has been limited due to short shelf life, irregular availability and high cost. People are not aware about the usage of dry mushrooms and the ways in which mushrooms can be fortified in everyday diet to enhance its flavor and nutrition. The seven variants of Arka mushroom chutney powder combines the traditional taste and nutritive goodness of mushrooms with traditional healing herbs like Brahmi, Moringa leaves and traditional nutritive seeds like flax seeds, sesame seeds, ground nut and coconut. It is a novel product to be consumed daily as a daily food accompaniment with any traditional Indian food. It is a ready to eat powder and can be easily adopted in mid day meals and defense food. It has a shelf life of 3 months in airtight containers/pouches at ambient temperature (26-28°C) which can be extended at lower temperature. It can be taken up as entrepreneurship by women SHGs, war widows, disabled soldiers and other rehabilitation programs. Hence this technology will be of immense importance to enhance nutrition if adopted under nutrition programs and also help in income enhancement of rural women, war widows, disabled people.