How many times did you have pudina chutney with pakoda, fries, bread pakoda, samosa etc? If you are from a North Indian family then answer will be countless. In Northern Indian states, people can not think pakoda, kachori, fries, samosa etc without this pudina chutney.
When it is about pakoda, fries, kachori, samosa then no Indian can think a party, chatting with friends, the celebration of happiness, expression of joy without those spicy fried stuff. There are endless types of food what people love to enjoy with that green colored pudina chutney (spicy mint leaves chutney). A few months back I visited a restaurant, where we ordered a few North Indian foods. The restaurant boy put two bowls, one was with onion and another one was filled with pudina chutney. We were waiting for our food but kept us waiting for atleast 20 minutes. By that time we ate all onions with that spicy mint leaves chutney. It proved that this is such a chutney what can work with any food, haha.
When I went to Delhi first time, that time I never tried such green chutney. But all my colleagues love this chutney with fried stuff (pakoda, kachori, samosa etc), roti & sabzi and some of them also used to enjoy this with rice. I asked them why they eat that chutney that much with fried food. One of colleague said “it is very helpful for digestion because mint leaves are added to this chutney. So it works as medicine and at the same time, it is super tasty too” I found it logical reply.
This time I prepared this chutney to have this with dal er bora (split peas lentils paste made fries). I collected mint leaves from homegrown mint plants. Such plants are very easy to grow and it grows very rapidly once it gets proper nutrition. I planted many mint branch/stem whenever I purchased any from the local market. But I failed to give those mint stems life. All of those mint stems died because roots did not grow. Finally, one lucky morning, I just planted one single healthy mint stem and within a few weeks, it spread all over the large rectangular container. Now I can pick my own homegrown fresh & healthy mint leaves from my rooftop garden and make delicious pudina chutney anytime.
Pudina chutney recipe
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup fresh coriander leaves
- ½ cup yogurt/curd/dahi
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 2 tsp lemon juice, optional
- 1.5 tsp roasted cumin powder, optional
- 1 medium-size green chilli
- ⅓ inch ginger
- 2 cloves garlic
- Rock salt as needed
- Wash mint leaves and coriander under running water, inspect both leaves properly, remove dried leaves
- Take all ingredients in a blender then blend it to make a smooth puree
- Then take that puree in a bowl, serve it with fried food or any other food, keep residual in the refrigerator for further use