April 27, 2012

Pudina Thogayal | Mint Chutney

I had to double check all my posts to actually believe I hadn't posted Pudina Thogayal (Mint Chutney) at all. We make this at least once a fortnight, especially on the days you just want to have plain rice,rasam and this chutney (or thogayal) for lunch or dinner. With the mercury soaring, I wanted to do just that. And it turned out to be an amazing idea - flavourful, aromatic thogayal teamed with curd rice was most refreshing, especially coz I was done with my spring cleaning (that lasted a good half day!) and gladly dug into the thogayal with gusto :) This recipe for mint chutney is very different from the Green Chutney we use for Chaats.. I relished today's dish as it came to very close as  mom makes it at home, and for once I was glad to equal her perfect recipe :)

Mint is great for general digestion as it relieves acidity and cures indigestion. Mint Pearls (or in liquid form) is recommended for relieving excessive body heat as well. Although commercially sold, I love this in its fresh form. Make it to a chutney / sandwich or chaat spread / Raitha, or even sprinkle liberally on fresh salads, its sure to perk up the dish. Lets get to the recipe now. Sending this to BM # 15, Vardhini's Vegetarian Side Dishes and my own event - Kitchen Chronicles Heirloom recipes hosted by Saras and also to Srav's CC - Seasonal FoodAlso sending this to Jayanthi's event - WTML, event by Gayathri

Prep time - 10 mins 
Cook time -  05 mins 
Serves - 3
Difficulty level - Easy
Serving suggestions - Curd Rice / Steamed Rice
  • Pudina / Fresh mint leaves - 1 cup (packed tightly)
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Urad Dal - 2 TBSP
  • Dry Red chillies - 2 nos (adjust spice)
  • Tamarind - a small gooseberry sized
  • Salt - to taste
  • Jaggery grated - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 TBSP
  • Tempering (optional) : Oil - 1/2 tsp, mustard seeds, asafoetida (a small pinch) 

1) Heat oil. Roast the dal & red chillies  on medium heat till the dals turn golden brown. Remove to a plate. Now in the same oil, saute the washed and drained mint leaves till they wilt a bit (about 3 -4 mins). Remove the leaves, and switch off the flame. In the hot pan, saute tamarind once for 1/2 min and switch off 
2) Grind the dal, mint leaves, grated coconut, tamarind with salt and jaggery to a thick paste adding very little water. Prepare tempering if you wish and add to the chutney and serve with hot steamed rice.


  1. I got a huge bunch of mint from my sister's garden and I was thinking of making mint thogayal and kothamalli thogayal with it for my toast. The mint chutney looks very appetizing and I would love with with my curd rice.

  2. My mint plant is just coming up. Perfect reminder.

  3. My fav thogayal,i can survive for many days with it..

  4. Delicious thogaiyal,luks yum...

  5. yours looks so creamy and yummy..like the use of coconut!

  6. Perfect thogayal for idly or rice..looks yummy.

  7. Yum, that looks superb !!!

  8. My favorite too with rasam. Looks yummy.


  9. make this thogayal once in a week!!! chutnies and thogayals are real life-savers on a Boring day!!!! Pudina thogayal looks yum!!!

  10. I know this is a flavorful one though I don't use mint.

  11. I make it exactly the same way and its so aromatic. Love the color of your thogaiyal...awesome.

  12. Vibrant looking thogayal.

  13. yummy chutney...the net is erratic at my place too...am convinced it is Airtel issue now

  14. flavorful and delicious chutney :)

  15. Perfect combo for soft idlis. Looks so colourful and inviting...

  16. I have never tried mint chutney this way. Looks yum.

  17. What a Refreshing chutney!

  18. vert flavourful thogayal

  19. super delicious and flavorful chutney !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate It :)

    Ongoing event CC:Spring Seasonal Food

  20. This is one of my favs.Looks nice...

  21. Comforting thogayal..Love to have with hot rasam rice. Thanks for linking the same to the event.

    Kitchen Chronicles ~ Heirloom Recipes

  22. Nice creamy thogayal. My MIL gave me a bowl of this sometime back and it got over so fast!


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