Chutney at home is always Groundnut/ Peanut chutney. At Amma's place depending on what she makes, she also makes Coconut Chutney along with Groundnut Chutney. So you can understand when I say that I grew up assuming that one will always serve coconut chutney for Adais, Pesarattu etc. But with Hubby dear, it has always been Groundnut chutney for anything. Since he is my premier customer for these dishes, I end up thinking I better make sure I make something he eats. No point in making something else and again wondering if he will like it or not.
One of my colleagues, who hails from Hyderabad, once told me that coconut chutney is a must at his place. Since then I always wondered how it is not prepared in hubby dear's native place. So you can imagine he has never a liking to this wonderful chutney! That meant I only get to make only one chutney always. Anyway since the time we decided we are going to cut back on using so much of groundnuts, I then had the task of finding a substitute that's easy yet tasty to make. So in came Mint / Pudina chutney. I always pick up a bunch during my weekly shopping.
There are probably hundreds of ways to make this mint chutney. I make it about 5 different ways myself and today's post is one of them. This is the easiest and simplest and even more simple because I made it in the microwave. Tamilians call chutney Thogayal, which is mostly not very thin but a thicker version and served with rice. And I also made the best by using the dals I roasted for the Molaga podi.
Step by Step Picture Recipe
Pudina Chutney | Mint Chutney
Makes : 1 regular cup of Chutney
Time : 5 mins for entire cooking.
Pudina / Mint Leaves - about 3 handful
Red Chilis - 2 medium
Bengal Gram / Channa Dal - 2 tsp
Urad Dal / Black Gram Dal - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
How to make Pudina Chutney
Wash and drain the leaves for a while.
In a microwave-safe bowl add 1 tsp of oil and Bengal gram. Microwave for 30 secs, if required for another 15 secs. It mostly starts smelling good at this stage, remove to a plate.
Next add the urad dal and micro for 30 secs, followed by dry chilies. At this stage, you will see that the bowl will not have any oil left behind, so it's almost like dry roasting the chilies.
Remove and allow to cool. Add salt and blend in a mixer. First run the dals, followed by mint leaves.
Add water for everything to run smoothly.
Remove and microwave for 1 -2 mins depending on how much water you added. You can even add a few drops of oil so that the raw smell leaves completely.
Serve with any tiffin or rice as a side dish.