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Mint Leaves Thuvayal (Pudina)

Anuja Deenadayalan
Written by Anuja Deenadayalan

Mint is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. Mint leaves thuvayal can be prepared in different methods. This method is done by adding cumin seeds, red chillies and garlic.  Will come up with other methods soon. I love the aroma and the flavor it gives…so refreshing. This goes well with hot steamed rice or idly or dosa. I like to use this as sandwich spread too! You’ll believe me when you taste it!

Serves 4
Recipe CategorySide Dish for idly and dosa
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
AuthorAnuja Deenadayalan


  • Mint leaves – 1 medium sized bunch
  • 50 g of gingerly oil
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • 2 teaspoon of jeera/ cumin seeds
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 8 to 10 dry red chillies
  • ½ teaspoon of asafoetida powder
  • Tamarind size of gooseberry
  • Salt as needed
  •  Curry leaves


  • Now heat the kadai with 3 teaspoons of oil.
  • Then add cumin seeds, garlic, red chillies and tamarind.
  • Saute it for 5 min.
  • Add the cleaned and chopped mint leaves and saute it well.
  • Let it be cooked for 10 min in low flame. Allow it to cool.
  • Add the required salt and grind everything together coarsely.
  • Now add 3 spoons of oil in a kadai.
  • Add mustard, asafoetida powder.
  • Once it splutters, add the grinded mixture and cook for 2 minutes.

Refreshing and yummy thuvayal is ready!  Serve it with hot steamed rice or idly or dosa.

Tips / variations:  

  •     We can add few curry leaves along with mint leaves.
  •     Use less amount of water for grinding.

Shelf Life:

  • It can stay for 3 or 4 weeks if stored in fridge.
  • Avoid finger touch.

Nutrients value:

  • Mint leaves may help to relieve indigestion and may decrease breastfeeding pain.
  • Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C and it helps blood flow, lowers cholesterol, and stops heart disease.
  • Gingerly oil is another name for sesame oil. It lowers blood pressure and increases antioxidant status in hypertensive patients.
  • Cumin seeds promote digestion and a rich source of Iron.

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About the author

Anuja Deenadayalan

Anuja Deenadayalan

Hello all,
I am Anuja Deenadayalan.I am writing this blog about the special recipes which bring back the bond of family memories.

This is out of my 12 years of experience, I had been married since then. I learnt cooking after my marriage. The secrets of the favorite recipes has been pass down from generation to generation. So I tend to follow the traditional way of cooking from my mother, sister and mother in law.

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