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Mint Balls/Podhina Urandai

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Monday, July 14, 2008 | 10:44 AM

Traditionally these are made with cilantro/kothamalli. I decided to experiment with mint to see if it tastes as good as cilantro. This belongs to the pickle family and goes well with curd/yogurt rice. One note on this herb is that it is very good for your blood.It purifies it and makes it healthy. I know this from my friends mother who used to ask me to have lots of mint chutney every time I used to donate blood. So those of you who are anemic please have some mint in some form and you would get your health back. My entry to Herb Mania for the month of July hosted by Ammalu's Kitchen.


Mixie/Food processor

Mixing Spoon


Mint leaves - 2 cups
Cilantro - 1 cup
Tamarind - dime size ball
Udad dhal- 3 tbsp
Channa Dhal - 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
Dry chillis - 3 ( or more for spice)
Asafoedita - a few pieces fired


1. Wash the mint and cilantro leaves and dry them to let the water disappear with a dry towel. Very important step to make the urandai/balls last longer.

2. In a wok add some oil.When that heats up add asafeodita,mustard seeds, udad dhal, channa dhal, dry chillis and roast until the udad dhal turns golden brown.
3. Turn off the flame and add the mint and cilantro leaves.

4. Add all these ingredients to the food processor/mixie and the tamarind.

5. Keep buzzing until the ingredients come together. This must not resemble a powder but a very coarse mix.

6. Add salt and make small balls out of them. Store them in an air tight container and serve it with curd rice.


  1. HI, I have never heard of mint balls - but looks really healthy!

  2. HI, I have never heard of mint balls - but looks really healthy!

  3. Interesting! I happen to have lots of mint growing in my little outdoor garden.


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