Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kothamalli pudhina thuvaiyal - Coriander mint chutney (thick)

I am not really sure if chutney and thuvaiyal are synonymous. In my kitchen (where what I say usually goes) thuvaiyal refers to a chutney that is thick and usually eaten with rice. Chutney on the other hand is slightly loose and eaten with rice/idli/dosai/chapatis. If you want to be creative chutney is the way to go. In a chutney you can pretty much add any vegetable, fruit, lentil or green and it would still be a chutney.

With thuvaiyal you got to stick with dals and coconut and that is pretty much it along with the vegetable or green that is going to be the star.

Fresh mint and coriander thuvaiyal with rice and vadagam is one of those combinations that you can never tire of.

Kothamalli thuvaiyal
1. 3/4 tbsp chana dal
2. 1 tbsp split urad dal
3. 2 tbsp toor dal
4. 1 garlic clove
5. a two inch piece of tamarind
6. 4 red chilies
7. 1 cup of coriander leaves
8. 1/2 cup of mint leaves
9. 1 tbsp grated coconut
10. salt to taste
11. 1 tsp of oil

1. In a flat pan heat oil and add all the dals. Saute them till they turn a nice and gentle brown.
2. Add the tamarind, garlic and red chilies and let them saute for minute or two
3. Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves and let them wilt
4. Add the coconut and salt and saute for a minute more

Cool and blend to a slightly coarse (or smooth) texture adding just a tbsp or less of water. The chutney should be thick and not watery.


  1. My fav ...I liked to eat this with rice ...do the same way too

  2. Till now I have only had coconut chuntney with rice and that too when I am in cochin. This looks so yumm.

  3. The addition of different lentils is a nice addition to the regular mint chutney

  4. I love this thuvayal esp. with curd rice.

  5. Yum that looks perfect to go with anything :)

  6. Lovely combination and one other difference is that Thogayal stays longer and chutney is made fresh.

  7. That first pic looks so good! We've discussed this earlier, Indo, but the focus was on 'pachadi' that time. But that time I remember someone saying thuvaiayal is with veggies? Or was that thogaiyal? Are thuvaiayal and thogaiyal the same?

  8. Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

  9. I never get this right......so kudos because its one of my fav tastes, but sometimes turns bitter. I love the tiny smidgen of methi seeds MIL anmd Mom add...


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