Pudhina Thuvaiyal / Mint Thuvaiyal – Grandma’s Recipe

Pudhina Thuvaiyal / Mint Thuvaiyal – Grandma’s Recipe

Pudhina Thuvaiyal:(Tamil Nadu Style)


Coconut grated 1/4 cup

Mint leaves 1-2 cups

Cilantro 1/2 bunch

Curry leaves from few twigs


Tamarind 1/4 spoon

Ginger 2″ grated

Garlic 4 cloves minced

Urad dal 1 table spoon

Coriander seeds 1 table spoon

Dry red chilies chilies 5

Sesame oil few spoons.

For Tempering:

Sesame oil

Mustard seeds

Cumin seeds


Chan+urad dal

Dry red chilies

Curry leaves.


Heat oil, in a wok. Fry coriander seeds and urad dal, once they are well roasted…add the other ingredients to it, continue frying. When they turn aromatic…blend and puree them.

Now, add the remaining oil in an iron wok(but I used the same non-stick, anyway). Add the puree to it…continue cooking over medium heat. Let this reduce and become heavy.

Temper the spices in hot oil and run this seasoning over the thuvaiyal made.

Serve this as a side dish for Birinji Saadham.


25 Responses so far.

  1. Swathi says:

    Cooking pudhina thuvaiyal is new too me. We make it just wilting them, Looks really good.

  2. Nithu Bala says:

    This sounds delicious..thanks for sharing..

  3. Satya says:

    very yummy n healthy dish ….nice clicks…

  4. Priya says:

    Yummyilicious thuvaiyal…looks truly tempting..

  5. Very new to me, using mint as a main ingredient is something unique and looks quiet nice as well

  6. Vrinda says:

    Something new to me with mint…sounds gr8

  7. Rachana says:

    Wow! This is a very healthy and a delicious side dish! I love mint and cilantro combo :-)

  8. looks lovely ..wht a bful color..loved the server..is it from food network???

  9. Madhu says:

    I grow my own herbs during summer and I have lot of mint this time. I will surely try this.

  10. Sarah Naveen says:

    Awesome recipe..gotta try soon…

  11. Priya says:

    oh my!!! pudina is my all time favorite :) .. lovely pics!!

  12. Malar, that sounds refreshing. But, what is thuviyal? Chutney? and is it eaten with dosa/idli or in rice.

  13. It is really nice dish.. thxs for sharing dear..

  14. Thuvayal looks perfect for Rice n Tiffins

  15. Awesome recipe..unique and looks lovely

  16. Malar Gandhi says:

    Priya Mitharwal,

    Thuvaiyal is much similar to chutney…while chutney is an instant relish for tiffin…this thuvaiyal can be stored on the counter top for more than a week, if proper care is given. This is served to go with plain steamed rice, or idlies and dosas. Its rich in fibre, aids good digestion. My mommy makes them, as a recovery dish after fever n cold. It initiates taste buds.

  17. Malar Gandhi says:

    Heei Sweety(Priya Mitharwal), you are welcome:)

  18. Malar Gandhi says:


    I think…I bought this bowl from Walmart…the only store in this lil town:) Its not expensive or anything…dirt cheap:)

  19. divya says:

    Wow! This is a very healthy and a delicious side dish!nice click..

  20. simply.food says:

    Interesting dish ,cute bowl too.

  21. Nandini says:

    The chutney looks good and spicy!

  22. Rina says:

    Luv this to the core Malar..will try this version soon..

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