Chutneys / Thogayals & Podis.

Spicy Chettinadu Pudina Chutney (Chettinadu Pudina Thogayal)

Chettinadu Pudina Thogayal.
Chettinadu Pudina Thogayal.

Pudina has been an ingredient that was never used in my mom`s family. On the other hand, this was one herb that was one of my favourites. When I started cooking on my own, I sought ways and means to cook with this wonderful herb. Since I had a chance to work with people from multiple cultural backgrounds, I learnt this recipe from my colleague`s wife who was an excellent cook. They had Idlis for breakfast every single day, but the accompaniments in the form of thogayals and chutneys were so many. I guess this would kind of make up for the monotony of idlis every morning!!!


20-25 leaves of Pudina.

1 Medium Onion.

1/4 cup of Grated Coconut .

1 spoon of Urad Dhal.

1 inch tamarind piece.

3-4 Tbsp of Light Coconut Milk.



  • Keep the pudina cleaned and dry.
  • Take a kadai and put 2 spoons of oil. When hot, roast urad dhal and red chillies until the dal browns. Put in the mixer.
  • In the remaining oil,Β  add the sliced onions and saute well.
  • When the onions turn pinkish brown, add grated coconut and the tamarind and saute for a few more minutes.
  • Add the pudina leaves and switch off the stove. The heat in the vessel is enough to lightly saute the pudina leaves.
Getting roasted.
Getting roasted.
  • After they cool off, add these also to the mixer and blend with a little bit of light coconut milk and the requisite salt . The coconut milk is only for added richness and is completely optional.
  • Grind to a smooth paste and serve with hot Idlis or Masala Dosai.

14 thoughts on “Spicy Chettinadu Pudina Chutney (Chettinadu Pudina Thogayal)

  1. hi shobha,
    Wow this kind of chutney is new to me πŸ™‚ thanks love the use of cocnut milk in it πŸ™‚
    Keep ur interesting recipes coming!

  2. Definitely variance in chutney makes idli all the more delicious. I too make this the same way sans coconut milk. I will consider adding if I make for guests.

  3. @ Lubna,
    Please do try it and let me know how you liked it.

    @ Lata,
    Coconut milk is a constant companion for me in my pantry. I use the Light version as it lets me get the richness I desire sans the cals!

    @ Priya & Suparna,

    Thanks for your comments.

    @ J,
    Try it with coconut milk and you`ll instantly find a difference.

    @ Chitra, Mythreyi,

    Thanks for your comments.

  4. chutney looks too good..wanna try this out soon..
    u have a pretty decent space out here..will be following u from now on..
    do visit my blog sometime..

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