Chutney plays a vital role in south Indian food,  especially breakfast.  Any South Indian breakfast is incomplete without a chutney.  There are different types of chutneys like coconut chutney, onion chutney, groundnut chutney, tomato chutney, ginger chutney, curry leaves chutney, chow-chow chutney and so on... Mint or Pudhina chutney is an ideal side dish for breakfast like Idli or Dosa.  It tastes so good and also easy to prepare within 5 to 10 minutes. It is my younger daughter's favourite chutney and of-course  my husband's favourite too.


   



     Mint leaves are healthy and good for digestion.  Mint leaves can also be used in Tomato chutney.  You get a red chutney with mint flavour. 

   

INGREDIENTS - I (For grinding)


Coriander leaves - 2 big bunches
Red Chillies           - 8 to 10
Tamarind               - small lemon size
Salt                          - As per your taste


INGREDIENTS - II (For seasoning)


Gingelly Oil  - 4 to 5 tbl spoons
Mustard       - 1/2 tbl spoon
Urad dhal     - 1/2 tbl spoon
Asafoetida   - 1/2 tbl spoon


PREPARATION METHOD:

1) Grind all the items mentioned in Ingredients - I.

2) Take a shallow pan.  Pour oil in it.  Add mustard and urad dhal.  When it starts spluttering, add asafoetida.  Finally add the ground mixture.  

3) Let it boil for some time.  Close it with a lid to avoid spraying out when boiling. Let it boil till the oil separates.  

4) Your tasty and healthy coriander chutney is ready now.  You can have it with idly, dosa, roti or even pongal.