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Mint – Onion Chutney (Pudina – Kanda Chutney)

pudina-kanda chutney

I wanted to post this recipe for a long time. This was a regular with chicken biryani at my pachi’s (aayi’s sister) home. It has been over a decade and I still remember the awesome taste of this combination. Somehow I have not prepared this very often, I kept forgetting to get the exact recipe from pachi. But that changed when I was in India this time.

I have a strong dislike for raw onions and my family knows this very well – I still watch in awe when Ishaan, who is a picky eater, loves to eat raw onions!. All my life, aayi prepared (still prepares) two versions of any dishes that involved raw onions. So she was very surprised when I called up my pachi to get this recipe and prepared it. Here the onions are mixed very well with lemon and salt that takes out the strong bite/smell of the onions (atleast that is my explanation for liking this chutney!). I absolutely love this chutney with any pulavs/biryanis. This even tastes good with rotis/chapatis.

1 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1/2 cup chana dalia (putani/hurigadale)
1/2 cup coriander leaves
1/4 cup mint (pudina) leaves
3-4 green chillies
3-4 garlic
2 tbl spn lemon juice
1/2 cup onion slices


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Make a thick chutney from coconut, coriander and mint leaves, green chillies, garlic and salt.
Make a coarse powder of dalia.

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In a bowl add lemon juice and little salt to onion slices and mix very well (preferably do this with fingers so that the onion is very well mixed with salt and lemon, this takes out strong bite of onion ). Add the chutney and powdered dalia to the onions and mix. Serve.

PS: A little yogurt can be added to the chutney if needed.

pudina-kanda chutney

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{ 18 comments… add one }

  • Katrina February 4, 2013, 10:03 am

    The dal is raw?

    • Shilpa February 4, 2013, 3:54 pm

      It is chana dalia – roasted chana dal/ dal that is used for making chutneys. It is usually used as it is since it is already roasted chana dal. You can see the difference between the two in the last picture here

  • Jyothi February 4, 2013, 1:56 pm

    I relay like this Mint Onion chutney recipe , i will try this receipt very soon .


    • Shilpa February 4, 2013, 3:51 pm

      Let me know how you like it Jyothi

  • Dipti Joshi February 4, 2013, 3:00 pm

    This is very different from rest of pudina chutney recipes. My husband too hates raw onion. Lets see whether he likes this preparation or not!

    • Shilpa February 4, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Let me know if you try it Dipti

  • Urmili February 4, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Can I leave out the dal? I’d like to make it tonight and don’t have any on hand. Or is there a close substitute?


    • Shilpa February 4, 2013, 6:13 pm

      I can’t think of a good substitute, so would suggest to leave it out. Next time, try with the dal.

  • kripa February 5, 2013, 12:32 am

    Hi Shilpa..
    Thank u for the recipe.. i was searching for pudina chutney recipe and found it here…

  • Arundati Rao February 5, 2013, 9:31 pm

    A very interesting chutney Shilpa.. will definitely try …quite sure it will go well with indian snacks like bonda or bhajji..

    • Shilpa February 6, 2013, 3:07 pm

      Hmm..that would be an interesting combo

  • pooja v advani March 19, 2013, 11:43 pm

    hi was wondering if we can grind d onion instead of keeping it raw .
    pooja advani

    • Shilpa March 20, 2013, 5:49 pm

      I don’t think this chutney will taste same if you grind onion.

  • Kavita B March 22, 2013, 12:17 pm

    I loved the taste of this chutney! I served it with Dosa and waiting to eat it with Bonda as another cook suggested.

  • Rajani March 26, 2013, 1:13 am

    Wow, this seems like a very different way of making pudina chutney. Will be making it one of these days.
    Regarding Urmili’s Q, I guess i am very late, still thought of an answer – frying channa dal in a drop of oil until golden brown, pulse in small jar of mixer to similar coarse powder as hurigadale can work. Flavour can be wee bit different but you will get body/volume to the chutney.

  • Krupali March 30, 2013, 4:41 am

    Hi Shilpa.

    My mother in law used to prepare the similar chutney. Only difference is the addition of coconut. I had not prepared this recipe for long and now I shall make it :-)

    We call it kaleyello kando.

  • aishwarya November 26, 2013, 4:09 am


    I tried this out today and it turned out nice. He gave one look and said onion in chutney? I said, its from aayis recipe. He just smiled. Gave him confidence I suppose. haha.

    • Shilpa November 26, 2013, 8:26 am

      Aww thanks Aishwarya, felt good to read your comment

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