Monday, May 28, 2012

Pudina Thogayal (Mint Chutney)

         There are days when you don't feel like eating anything heavy, you crave for something tangy and refreshing, this mint chutney here, is ideal for those days. Also pudina or mint is well known for its many benefits, good source of important minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous and also the vitamin C. Everybody has their own version of this chutney, I also add some ginger to this chutney which nicely compliments the flavor of mint..

Need To Have
  • Fresh Mint Leaves - 2 cups
  • Dried Red Chillies - 5
  • Urad Or Black Gram Dal - 2 tablespoons
  • Shallots - 5 chopped
  • Chopped Ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped Coriander - 1/4 cup
  • Jaggery - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Tamarind - small marble size

          Heat a little oil, roast the urad dal and the red chillies, remove and keep. Add a little more oil, add the chopped shallots, saute till it turns transparent, then add the ginger, saute for a minute. Now add the mint leaves, saute till it wilts and the moisture from the leaves evaporates, finally add the coriander leaves, mix and switch off. Cool this and grind it with the roasted chillies, urad dal, jaggery, tamarind and salt. Goes well with plain rice and some sesame oil or ghee. Also tastes great with idlis, dosas and even rotis.

Sending it to Erivum Puliyum for Sangee's Show Me Your "Hits" - Iron Rich Foods event and
                to Simply.Food for Sara's Cooking With Love - Dad event.

Don't grind it to a smooth paste, it should be slightly coarse.
The urad dal that we use in this chutney is without the skin.
Soak the tamarind in little warm water, this way it's easy to grind.

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  1. Its all you need with a bowl of rice or even with some curd rice.. perfectly made..

  2. Looks nice and perfect for rice and idlis.

  3. Delicious and flavorful thogayal,love to have it with piping hot rice drizzled with ghee....

  4. looks very refreshing and tempting..loved your version

  5. Kothamalli/cilantro thogayal is a must in my house. I make it every week. Mint sure looks delicious.

  6. My version different from urs...wish to have with idly/dosa!!

  7. this is my family's fav. recipe.. glad to follow you.. do stop by mine sometime..

  8. Healthy chutney n flavorful,Hema!!
    Thanx for linking it to the event!!
    Join me(Erivum Puliyum)
    in the following ongoing events-
    Show me Your HITS -Iron Rich Foods
    EP Series-Ginger or Pepper Corns

  9. i too love this mint thuvaiyal with hot rice,lovely preparation!
    Spicy Treats

  10. yum chutney......loved reading the health benefits.

  11. Delicious chutney.Pudina is such a star.Superbly done Hema.

  12. You posting are wonderful and for salad

  13. I can survive for many days with this flavourful chutney,inviting.

  14. Tempting chutney..So lovely and yummy.

  15. Lovely chutney, I can feel the aroma and taste looking at that tempting pic :)

  16. i love this one :).. hope all s set in the new place

  17. wowwwwww gonna grab my mint and try this yummyy oneee

  18. Superb! Nice hot rice with this chutney and maybe a papad and a cool glass of buttermilk.

  19. Delicious n flavorful chutney.

  20. Thank u, Thank u, Thank u! I wanted a perfect mint chutney and think that this could be it