Being a family whose breakfast means varieties of dosas and idlis, I love to try different chutney recipes. While our regular one is the simple coconut-ginger-green chillies-tamarind one, my Amma’s Tomato Chutney is a favorite too. But last day my friend Renuka made a mint garlic chutney as a dip to Alu parathas and that stole my heart.
I immediately tried it with Instant Oats Idli and they made a lipsmacking combo. My hubby too loved it a lot and could not stop praising how amazing the flavors were.
Renuka also stressed the importance of including mint and garlic in our daily diet as they are very beneficial to health. Mint acts as a coolant during the harsh summers here and garlic plays an important role in lowering cholesterol. And when we have loads of fresh organic mint growing in our backyard, it becomes even healthier.
Hope you all try this chutney too. Happy and healthy cooking!
Health benefits of Mint leaves: Aids digestion, eases nausea and headache, clears nasal congestion and cough, beneficial for asthma patients, improves oral health.
Health benefits of Garlic: Helps to cleanse the body and flush out toxins, provides relief from cold and flu, regular consumption lowers cholesterol levels thereby preventing heart disease, also studies show that it prevents stomach and colon cancers.
- 1/4 Cup freshly grated/ desiccated Coconut
- 1/4 Cup Mint leaves/ Pudina
- 5 to 6 sprigs of Coriander leaves
- 2 to 3 sprigs of Curry leaves
- 5 Garlic cloves
- 1 inch Ginger piece
- 3 Green chillies
- 1 tsp Tamarind paste
- Black salt or regular salt to taste
Step by Step recipe:
- Add all ingredients mentioned above in a mixer.
- Grind with little water to a smooth paste.
- Pour into a bowl and serve with dosas, idlis, parathas or as a side dish to rice.
- You can skip adding coconut just like my friend, Renuka does. She grinds all the other ingredients together. You will need to increase the quantity of coriander leaves in that case.
- Renuka also adds roasted sesame seeds or white til to this chutney while grinding. It adds to the flavor and health quotient too.
- Pudina Lehsun Chutney is an amazing combo with Alu Paratha.
- Here I have served it as an accompaniment to Instant Oats Idli.