Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

A delicious chutney made with a very aromatic herb, Karpooravalli / Omavalli / Ajwain leaves also known as the Mexican mint or Cuban Oregano.

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

Karpooravalli or Omavalli plant is a perennial plant that is most commonly grown as an indoor plant year around. My dear friend Aparna has couple of beautiful luscious plants growing in her house and she gave me couple of cuttings from her plant this summer. The best part about this plant is that it grows easily from a cutting. I let it sit in water until roots started appearing and then transferred it to a pot. The pots remained outside all summer and it grew wild.

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney


Karpooravalli also known as Omavalli in Tamil, Ajwain leaves in Hindi and Mexican Mint / Cuban Oregano in English is a very easy to grow plant and has many medicinal properties. I have been regularly making some kashaayam / tea with the leaves for sore throat and cold and has been quite effective.

When thinking of how else to use the beautiful leaves, I came across recipes for bajji with the leaves. I will be making that soon as well, but wanted to make something that is not deep fried and more practical for a quick weeknight dinner. For this chutney, I just used the leaves as I would use mint or cilantro. I used some coconut in the chutney to cut down on the very herbal flavor of the Karpooravalli leaves and also to add some body to the chutney.

I served the chutney with dosai for dinner. My older one loved it and my little one hated it. So yes, the taste needs a little bit of getting used to, If you are looking to incorporate more herbs in your cooking, this is a great recipe to start with. This week, my theme for BM is ‘Colorful recipes’ and my first recipe for this theme is this Green colored Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney.

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 10 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney – Serves 4

  • Karpooravalli leaves / Ajwain leaves – 20 leaves
  • Coconut – 1/2 cup (grated)
  • Ullutham Paruppu / Urad dal – 2 TBSP
  • Red chilies – 2
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Tamarind piece – a tiny piece (a marble size)
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

To temper the chutney –

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Ullutham Paruppu / Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

Procedure to make Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney –

  • Pick the Omavalli leaves from the plant and remove any thick stems in them. Clean the leaves and keep it aside.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tsp of oil and add the ullutham paruppu / urad dal, red chilies and green chilies. Fry them until the lentls turn slightly brown.
  • Now add the cleaned Ajwain leaves to the pan and fry it low flame until the leaves wilt a little bit (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the grated coconut and the tamarind piece and give it a quick stir. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool down.
  • Grind the chutney using just enough water and required salt.

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

  • Heat a small pan and heat 1 more teaspoon of oil. Add the tempering ingredients and let it fry. Add the tempering to the chutney and mix well.
  • Serve with idli or dosai!

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney
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Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

A delicious chutney made with a very aromatic herb, Karpooravalli / Omavalli / Ajwain leaves also known as the Mexican mint or Cuban Oregano.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword ajwain leaves, chutney, chutney for idli and dosai, herb, karpooravalli, mexican mint, omavalli, Spanish oregano
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • Karpooravalli leaves / Ajwain leaves - 20 leaves
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
  • Ullutham Paruppu / Urad dal - 2 TBSP
  • Red chilies - 2
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Tamarind piece - a tiny piece a marble size
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

To temper the chutney -

  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Ullutham Paruppu / Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

Instructions

  1. Pick the Omavalli leaves from the plant and remove any thick stems in them. Clean the leaves and keep it aside.
  2. In a pan, heat 1 tsp of oil and add the ullutham paruppu / urad dal, red chilies and green chilies. Fry them until the lentls turn slightly brown.
  3. Now add the cleaned Ajwain leaves to the pan and fry it low flame until the leaves wilt a little bit (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add the grated coconut and the tamarind piece and give it a quick stir. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool down.
  5. Grind the chutney using just enough water and required salt.
  6. Heat a small pan and heat 1 more teaspoon of oil. Add the tempering ingredients and let it fry. Add the tempering to the chutney and mix well.
  7. Serve with idli or dosai!

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13 thoughts on “Karpooravalli / Omavalli Chutney | Ajwain Leaves Chutney

  1. I made a similar chutney last week. I loaded it with onion and tomatoes and they helped in masking the strong flavour of these leaves. You version sound so yum. My daughter loves these leaves so much and she keeps asking me to make dishes out of it. Will try you version next time I pick some leaves off the plant.

  2. I love these chutneys when you cook before grind. That makes chutneys more creamy and smooth. Ajawain leaf chutney looking absolutely amazing. I am bookmarking this to try.

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