January 26, 2011

Pudina Curd Raitha

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Pudina, or mint, imparts great flavour to Indian cuisine. Mint chutney is a tangy accompaniment to most snacks. It is prepared with or without coconut, sans garlic too  ! Mint descends from the Latin word mentha, which is rooted in the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a nymph who was transformed into a mint plant.

Presenting Mint curd raitha (Thayir pachadi in Tamil / Mosaru Bajji in Kannada) - easy to make in a jiffy. This goes well with paratha, roti or even rice. The flavours come together with curd, and is one of the eternal favourites of my family. It is quick and fast and tasty too, and can be quickly assembled as an extra dish for unexpected guests too !

Update : Am so excited in sending this post to Padmajha's "Herbs and Flowers in My platter" event :-)

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  • Pudina leaves – cleaned , washed and sorted  - 1 ½ cups
  • Urad dal – ½ tsp
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Methi / fenugreek seeds – 1/8 tsp
  • Slightly sour curd – 1 cup
  • Freshly grated coconut –2 tbsp
  • Dry red chillies – 1 no.
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
 For tempering:

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
   

Method

1.    In a skillet, heat oil (1 tbsp). Add methi, jeera, urad dal and fry till dal is slightly browned.
2.    To this add red chilly and pudina leaves. Toss till the leaves wilt upto 90% and turn slightly crisp. Cool
3.    Add this mixture, add coconut and grind to a smooth paste. Add water as necessary taking care that the resulting mixture is not too runny.
4.    Whisk the curd well with salt.
5.    Add this mint leaf mixture into the curd.
6.    For tempering, heat oil, splutter mustard, add curry leaves and hing.
7.    Add this tempering to the curd mixture.
8.    Serve chilled !

Tips:
  1. Tastes best with thick, chilled curd
  2. Dry extra pudina leaves in the sun and use as a garnish for pizzas for an Indian touch :-)


Mint Raitha


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