Sunday, July 31, 2011

Spicy Mint Chutney (Pudina Thogayal)

I made Mint Chutney for dinner last night. This recipe is from my belated mother, who was an excellent cook. Mint chutney is a popular south indian dish. My mother would make this at least once a month or so. It is very easy to prepare and is a great accompaniment to rice and many varieties of breads.
Mint leaves - 1 bunch
Urad Dal (White Lentils) - 1 cup
Red Chilis - 5pcs
Tamarind Paste - 1 Tsp
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of Asafoetida

Heat up the oil in a pan.
When the oil is hot, turn down the heat.
Add the Urad dal.Stir frequently.
Add the asafoetida, chilies.
Stir frequently until the lentils are light brown.
Remove from heat, put into a bowl.

Remove the stems from the Mint leaves, wash them.

Once the lentils cool down, blend the contents of the bowl and the mint leaves, tamarind paste in a blender.
A coarse paste of the blend is ideal, does not have to be a fine paste.

Add salt (little) to taste!

Serve hot with rice or flat breads (chappati, naan, pita, etc).
Bon appetit' :)

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