A Minty Affair

Our car broke down yesterday and we couldn’t go grocery shopping. For the first time in my life , I was challenged to make a decent meal as there were hardly any vegetables in the refrigerator , I am one of those kinds who stocks up the pantry and refrigerator enough for an army. Neither of us were in a mood to cook something elaborate after spending an hour in the phoenix summer but had enough enthusiasm to take pictures , lest the dish I made turned out interesting :D. So I decided to make a simple pachadi apart from some garlic rasam and yogurt. A great one for a binge day !

I had a few tomatillos , some mint and a bag of habonera chilli which K picked up sometime ago to put to use . Do I still want to send him grocery shopping ? Yes , he loves roaming from Isle to Isle finding new things for me with a gleeful smile , just like a kid and his enthusiasm is truly contagious , while I just walk to the produce and buy what I want in 20 minutes flat.

Coming back to the recipe, I didnt think it would work , but Im glad that it was more than satisfactory , It was one of the best pachadis I have made.


12-15 tomatillos

3 habanero chilis

1/2 cup of mint

2 teaspoons urad dal

2 teaspoons mustard seeds

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

2 garlic cloves grated ( optional)

1/4 teaspoon hing /asafoetida

a few curry leaves


1. Wash , pat dry the tomatilloes and chop them into chunk , slit open the chilis and keep aside.

2. In a wide bottomed skillet , heat oil and saute the mint just until it wilts. Keep aside

3. In the same skillet , add the chopped tomatilloes , grated garlic and chilis and cook until they are mushy and done.

4. For the tempering , heat oil in another pan and add the urad dal, cumin seeds , mustard seeds , fenugreek seeds , curry leaves until the sizzle. Cool and grind all the ingredients with salt and a teaspoon of sugar. Serve hot with rice, roti or dosas.

tomatillo pachadi
The salsa bowl in the picture is a surprise gift by Madhuram for my birthday . Thanks madhuram for the cute gift! Its a favorite now !

This goes to Herb Mania – Mint and event hosted by me which ends July 15th ‘ 08. Subha Ravikoti of Chutki Bhar Pyar had kindly offered this logo for the event. Thanks dear Subha!

How I store my Mint

I make sure that it has no water droplets and pat dry with a paper towel, wrap it another paper towel and store it a ziploc bag. I also make sure that the bag is devoid of air otherwise the mint gets spoilt. Any other ways of storing methods would be appreciated.

14 thoughts on “A Minty Affair

  1. Madhuram says:

    Very nice recipe Dee. I cooked with tomatillos once and it was not that good, so I literally am tomatillo phobic. I’ll try this one Dee. I’m very glad you liked the bowl.

  2. bhags says:

    that bowl is to die for….such a wonderful gift……seems I missed your bday, belated bday wishes. Nice pachadi….:)

  3. Vaishali says:

    Dee, Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I am so glad to have found yours! I cannot wait to go through your recipes and lovely pictures. The tomatillo pachadi looks delicious. I love habaneros because they have what I think is the most unique of flavors among all chilis and they are, of course, deliciously hot! I often throw tomatillos instead of green tomatoes into a masial- their tanginess pairs beautifully with the lentils.

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