How to Make Pudina (Mint) Pachadi

by Sena Ram

Pachadi is a traditional South Indian side dish. It refers to food which has been pounded. No oil is used in this recipe. Pachadi normally will be thick in consistency compared to chutney.


  • 5 cups of mint leaves
  • 2 dry chillies
  • 1 red onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1cm ginger
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp of coconut
  • 2 tsp mysoor dhal
  • 1 tsp tamarind
  • Salt to taste
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Mint leaves (main ingredient).

    Step 2

    Ingredients....garlic, onion, ginger, tamarind, curry leaves, dried chillies, coconut, Mysore dhal (u can substitute with urad dhal) and salt. This is my mum's recipe:)

    Step 3

    Rinse the mint leaves well to get rid of the dirt.

    Step 4

    Sauté dried chillies without oil. Set aside.

    Step 5

    Then roast Mysore dhal with coconut. Set aside.

    Step 6

    Sauté shallots, garlic, ginger and curry leaves. Set aside.

    Step 7

    Sauté the mint leaves until it reduces in volume and add salt. Set aside and let it cool down.

    Step 8

    This is a metate (ground stone tool). Grind all the ingredients including tamarind paste and followed by the leaves. U can use mixer grinder instead of metate.

    Step 9

    Grind till it becomes a thick paste like this.

    Step 10's done and serve it with hot rice.