With the winter setting in, I want to use up all (at least most of the mint leaves) and trim out the plant to move indoors.  The smell of mint is a bit too strong for me to make a chutney by itself, hence I chose to use some cilantro leaves as well.

you will need:

*) 1/2 to 1 cup of mint leaves washed (no stems)
*) 7-8 strands of cilantro leaves (stems are okay)
*) 1 inch ginger
*) 5-6 dry red chillies
*) 3 tbsp of broken urad dhal (optional, but if you have, worth adding it)
*) 1/4 cup of shredded coconut flakes
*) 1 lemon size tamarind soaked in water for 20 mins or you can substitute with lime juice
*) salt to taste

make it:
*) In a wide pan, add a tsp of oil, and fry the urad dhal until golden brown, set it aside
*) Add the chillies + ginger, fry for a few secs, add the coconut flakes, the mint leaves + cilantro, fry until the leaves shrink(about 4 minutes)
*) Let it all cool for 10 minutes and grind them coarsely by adding the tamarind soaked water (if using lime juice, add the lime juice and 1/4 cup of water to grind)
*) Add salt to taste, serve with idly/dosa or rice