Mint Coconut Chutney | Pudhina Thengai Chutney – Side Dish for Idly and Dosa

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              I really love the fresh aroma of mint. Research study has said that the aroma itself stimulates the salivary glands, there by increasing digestive enzymes and facilitates the digestion. 
              I bought 2 large bunches of mint leaves from near by Indian grocery store. Two days back I made mint pulao for lunch, I already posted that recipe in my blog. For today breakfast, I made this pudhina coconut chutney for idly. It just tastes yummy with dosa and paniyaram too. Do try this mint chutney with coconut and let me know how it turned out.


   Ingredients

            1 Cup of Mint Leaves(loosely Packed)
            1/2 Cup of Grated Coconut, I used Dry dessicated Coconut
            2 Tbsp of Roasted Bengal Gram (Pottukadalai)
            3 Green Chilies
            1/2 Inch Ginger
            1 Big Garlic Clove or 2 Small Garlic Cloves
            Pinch of Tamarind
            3/4 Tsp of Salt or to taste
            1/4 cup of Water
            1/2 Tsp of Oil to saute Mint leaves

    To Temper

             1 Tsp of Oil
             3/4 Tsp of Mustard
             1/2 Tsp of Urad Dal
             1 Sprig of Curry Leaves
             Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)

    Method

  • Wash the mint leaves and drain the water.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add mint leaves, saute this for a 1-2 mins in a medium flame until it shrinks in volume.
  • In a blender(mixie), add coconut, roasted bengal gram, green chilies, ginger, garlic, tamarind, salt, water and finally add mint leaves. Grind it to a smooth paste. Transfer this to a bowl.
  • Heat a same pan with little oil, add mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and asafoetida, after it splutters, transfer this tempering to ground chutney. Mix well with spoon.
  • Yummy mint coconut chutney is ready to serve with idly or dosa or paniyaram.



    Tips     

  • You can also add 1/2 cup of mint leaves and 1/2 cup of coriander leaves to make this chutney.
  • Addition of ginger and garlic gives a nice flavor to this chutney.
  • Addition of tamarind gives a nice tangy taste.
  • You can also add curry leaves while grinding instead of adding them to tempering.
  • Adjust the no of green chilies according to your taste. Here I used thai green chilli, it was spicy so I added 3.


    Health Benefits of Mint Leaves

  • Aroma of mint, activates the salivary glands, there by increasing digestive enzymes and facilitates the digestion.
  • Soothing the digestive tract, if you are having any stomach ache.
  • Cooling sensation to skin.
  • Eliminates the toxins from the body.
  • Helps in whitening teeth and combats bad breath.
  • Good cleanser for the body.

         

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