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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 :). . Other Thogaiyal or Thuvayal recipes include Inji Thogayal

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.



Prep time – 10 mins 

Cook time –  05 mins 

Serves – 3

 – Easy

 – 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
  • 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. FewMinute Wonders

    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. Priya Suresh

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

  4. Delicious thogaiyal,luks yum…

  5. Chef Mireille

    yours looks so creamy and the use of coconut!

  6. Nalini's Kitchen

    Perfect thogayal for idly or rice..looks yummy.

  7. Yum, that looks superb !!!

  8. My favorite too with rasam. Looks yummy.


  9. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

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

  10. Suma Gandlur

    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. The Pumpkin Farm

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

  14. Aruna Manikandan

    flavorful and delicious chutney 🙂

  15. Gayathri Kumar

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

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

  17. Cool Lassi(e)

    What a Refreshing chutney!

  18. preeti garg


  19. vert flavourful thogayal

  20. super delicious and flavorful chutney !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate It 🙂

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  21. This is one of my favs.Looks nice…

  22. Saraswathi Ganeshan

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

    Kitchen Chronicles ~ Heirloom Recipes

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

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