(Malli - cilantro / coriander leaf; puthina - mint leaf; thovaiyal - chutney)
Malli Puthina thuvaiyal is a thick chutney, normally prepared using a hand mortar (ammi in Tamil). It is a very common chutney in Indian household. The mint leaf and cilantro (coriander leaf) are known for their medicinal values. This chutney combines both in a more delicious way.
There are so many variations in making this simple chutney. I am noting down my mom's version.
|Malli Puthina thuvaiyal.|
Ingredients:Mint leaf - 20 branches (small bunch)
cilantro - 1/2 the quantity of mint leaf
green chillies - 5
tamarind - a blueberry size
garlic - 1 clove
cumin - 1/4 tsp
salt - to taste
To temper:mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
black gram - 1/2 tsp
sesame oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
curry leaf - 1 sprig
Method:Pick leaves and young stem from the cilantro bunch. Take the leaves alone from the mint bunch.
(Refrigerate and Store the mint stem for tea).
Wash and clean the leaves. Care should be taken to remove all the sand particles in the leaves.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. Add the black gram and let it get mild red color. Then add the cleaned leaves, green chilly, garlic, cumin and fry till the leaves wilt.
Switch off and let it cool. Add salt, tamarind and grind it to a fine paste with minimal water.
Now heat 2 tbsp oil in the same wok. Slide in the mustard and let it crackle. Put the curry leaves and the fry it. Then carefully slide in the chutney. Stir well till oil oozes out and reaches an almost thick stage (as shown in figure).
Malli puthina chutney is ready!
Serving suggestions:Serve as side dish with chapathi, idly or dosai.
I prefer this chutney with most of the variety rices (chithrannam) like tamarind rice, lemon rice, curd rice etc.
If prepared with more oil and tamarind, this can be stored in room temperature for a week. Good for a packed food during long travels as this chutney won't get spoiled if handled with care.