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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Puthina thuvaiyal (Mint leaf chutney)

Here comes a very refreshing chutney made with the aromatic fresh mint leaves.
My mom used to say , " A few mint leaves in our daily cooking will drive away the body odor and bad breathe ".
There are so many versions in this thuvaiyal. But I am narrating a very basic method.

Mint leaf chutney / Pudina chutney:


Mint leaf - a small bunch
urid dhal (black gram) - 1 tbsp
tamarind - a gooseberry size
Dry red chili - 4
salt - 1/4 tsp (check taste)
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp


Soak the tamarind in little water.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok.
Fry the red chili to get nice flavor. Take it out and keep aside.
Fry the urid dhal to red.
Then add the mint leaf and sautee till the mint leaf becomes little tender.
Do not fry it more than that. Let it cool completely.
Grind it along with fried chili, tamarind, salt and shredded coconut to a fine paste with almost very very little water in a mixer / blender.
Garnish with fried mustard seeds.

Mint leaf chutney is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Goes well with chapathi, Idly , dosa, any rice.
I love it with curd rice.


Mint leaf chutney goes to JFI : Mint event hosted by Ashwini of Spicy cuisine. originally created by Indira of Mahanadi.

It took just 15 minutes to get the entire dish done. So I am eager to end this chutney to the 15 minutes cooking event hosted by Mahima of Mahimaa's kitchen's.

Also the mint leaf chutney goes to the SWC - cooking with greens event hosted by Sowmya of creative saga.


Padma said...

One of my fav .... looks yummy :)

Priya said...

My fav, just love to have with hot rasam!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Super duper healthy chutney!!! For this summer this chutney is gonna be a great aid!!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Dont thank me Viki... I just thought ok letting ppl know abut ur event ;) expanding the horizons...

Suparna said...

Hi Viki,
Thanks for touching upon the health benifits of mint dear. I love mint chutney, it goes well with almost anything...I am combo crazy I apply cutney on marie biscuits too and savour it ;)
Thanks for the basic recipes viki these go a long way in our kitchen menus.

ARUNA said...

its a very healthy chutney and i love the flavour of it!

Pooja said...

Wow my favourite! Healthy n yummy :)

Prathibha said...

i just love the flavor of mint in anything....yummy..

kittymatti said...

excellent pic! recipe is very nice, good post, i love this!

Superchef said...

im not a fan of mint except for in chutneys and thuvaiyals like this!! yumm!!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

hmm..a very healthy chutney.....i like this very much..nice click.. :)

Ushanandini said...

This is our fav thuvaiyal. Love to eat with curd rice and side dish for dosa. Thuvaiyal is Yum :)

mahimaa said...

yummy thogayal. thanks for your entry. i will accept it.

VineelaSiva said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe and giving tips.Thank u viki.

Gita's Kitchen said...

wow pudina rasam and pudina thuvaiyal...kalakureenga Viki :)

Poornima Nair said...

This chutney wud be a great variation, looks delicious.

Vibaas said...

i like this so much viki. looks yum! :D

Ann said...

Oh Yum! I love the flavor first then comes the taste. I love it with dosa.

sowmya said...

Thnaks for the entry..good one..

Vrinda said...

I never had this chutney looks great and healthy...

Malar Gandhi said...

Love mint thuvaiyal, miss it here!:(