3/22/09

MINT CHUTNEY(Mint dip)


Another chutney which is very healthy. As many of us know Mint has lot of medicinal values.It aides digestion,helps treat stomach ache and chest pain.mint oil is also used in cosmetics.It also helps whiten the teeth .... and i can say many more about mint.
But lets come to cooking......dishes that are done using mint.....
Mint chutney is made in different ways and one among that is
INGREDIENTS:
Mint- 1 bunch
Urad dhal-2 tbs
Red or green chilli- according to taste
Salt -to taste
Tamarind- very small piece.
Coconut-2tbs
Asefotida- pinch
oil- 1 tsp
Mustard , curry leaf and urad for seasoning
METHOD:
1)Heat oil and fry urad dhal(if using red chilli, fry them too) asefotida and keep aside.
2)Wash and clean Mint leaves and saute them just for a mint or two (for the raw smell to go. but other wise i do not prefer this as it will loose some vitamin during this process)
3)Grind urad dhal ,chillies,tamarind.Then add coconut and mint and grind to paste.
4)Season it with urad, mustard and curry leaf and serve with idly, dosa or vadai.
Note: if this is ground to thick paste we can mix with rice and eat . its called thogayal.
IN THIS PHOTO YOU MAY NOTICE ITS GROUND COARSELY .....THAT'S BECAUSE MY BLUNT MIXER BLADE :(

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