Monday, June 01, 2009

Pudina Thogaiyal / Mint Chutney

This is one of my all time favorite from my mothers chutney list. Though I have tried many a number of times to make this, the taste is nowhere close to what she makes. She used to make this and bottle it for my father who travels often.The surprising part is that even though the recipe calls for a piece of coconut, the chutney will not go bad for about 8 hours (without refrigeration) which makes it an excellent partner for Idlies during day time travel. But the secret involved here is never use your hand whatsoever at any stage of preparation.

Since this months Jhiva an event started by Indira of Mahanadi is for 'Mint' what better than this delicious Mint chutney.
This months Jhiva is hosted by Ashwini of 'Spicy Cuisine'
1 bunch of mint.
1/2 bunch of coriander leaves.
1/2 cup of urad dhal.
3- 4 green chillies.
1 small ball(marble size) of tamarind or 1 tsp of paste.
1 inch piece if ginger.
2 strips of coconut / 5 tblsp of shredded coconut.
Heat up a pan and fry the urad dhal.(do not add oil).
Once the dhal turns brown, add the chillies, ginger and tamarind and fry for few seconds( If using tamarind paste do not add at this stage).
Switch of the stove and add the mint and coriander leaves to the pan and give it a stir till the leaves shrinks.
Allow it to cool and grind it coarsely along with coconut by adding little water .
Normally for all chutneys , the tempering is added to the chutney.But in this case its the reverse.
In a pan do the tempering with mustard and urad dhal, and add the chutney to it.
Switch off the stove once the chutney starts giving out bubbles and ready to boil.

Serve it with Idlis, dosas, adai or puri's


Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow.....looks yum.....Chutney is one of my favourites with mint.....nice entry....

Anonymous said...

oh i love the container and the chutney init...lovely click!!!

Sumi said...

Thanks 'Kitchen Flavours' and anubhavati.Thanks for stopping by.

Red Chillies said...

very nice chutney recipe differnt from Mint chutney I make.

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