Mint, being aromatic, is also known as Mentha Spicata and is a perennial herb. It is commonly known as pudina in India and is widely used in chutneys, relishes, salads, sauces and teas in Indian cooking. The colour of mint leaves ranges from dark green and grey-green to purple, blue and sometimes pale yellow. This herb can be used fresh or in the dried form.
100 gms of mint leaves contains:
1. Mint Mojito
Ingredients: 10 large mint leaves, 1 tbsp sugar, 2½ ounces white rum, 1 tbsp lemon juice, soda water, fresh mint leaves for garnishing, and sliced lemons for garnishing
Cooking steps: Make a thin paste by crushing mint, sugar and white rum. Add rest of the rum and strain the mixture. Add some ice cubes into the mixture. Now add lemon juice and pour some soda water. Now garnish it with a slice of lemon and some mint leaves.
2. Mint Chutney
Ingredients: Mint leaves, coriander leaves, garlic cloves, 1 inch of ginger, lemon juice, salt and water.
Cooking steps: Take garlic, ginger and salt in a small jar and grind them to form a thin paste. Now add coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice and water, and grind this mixture again. Delicious mint chutney is ready to serve. You can have it with sandwiches or parathas.