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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Pudina Pachadi/Pudina leaves Chutney/Pudina/ Mint Leaves/Mint leaves chutney
Hmm..........the tingly smell drags you towards these aromatic leaves. Mint leaves can be used in various ways like to decorate food, drinks, rice, oils, beauty aids et al. These leaves can be named as Magic leaves or evergreen as Indians, Americans, Chinese all use it in their own ways. This simple herb grows easily with any climatic conditions and spreads the joy of its smell across the world alike. On a hot tropical summer day, nothing can cool you down like Mint-leaves Water" Get back to the memory lane and recollect those Roadside wallahs..."aam admi ka drink", which was tasty, tangy, cold "Jaljeera." What a refreshing memory isn't it??? The one dish that draws my attention is Pudina Chutney (Mint Leaves chutney). The smell itself makes me feel hungry. Let's go into the process to make this tasty, tangy, aromatic chutney.
Ingredients: 2 stalks Mint Leaves 4 green chillies 1 red chilly 1 Small lump of Tamarind
3 spoons Urad Dal 3 spoons Channa Dal 3 spoons Mustard Seeds 1/2 spoon Fenugreek/Methi seeds Pinch of Hing Salt as per taste 1/2 tb.spoon Turmeric
Method 1) Wash Mint leaves well and dry them on a cloth or paper 2) Once well dried, dry fry the leaves in a hot skillet 3) Empty the pan, Add 2 spoons oil and fry the urad dal, channa dal, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, green chillies. Add turmeric, salt, tamarind too. 4) Fry the ingredients till light reddish color, an indication that all of the grains have roasted well. 5) Grind coarse the above ingredients and then add the Mint leaves to make it a fine paste.
Chutney is ready to be savored. Goes well with hot steaming rice. Tastes well with Dosas or Idlis too.