Pudina Power: 7 Mint Dishes You Must Enjoy During Summer Months
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With the intense heat of the summer beating down, people are looking for several ways to cool down themselves. One of the refreshing things you can always count on is mint. Mint with its refreshing aroma and vibrant flavours allows you to include it in various dishes.  

Also known as pudina, the herb imparts cooling properties to almost all the dishes, from chutney to drinks. Besides, you can easily grow in your home kitchen with minimal effort. Mint, beyond its versatility, contributes to several health benefits. Mint is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and essential minerals that promote the wellbeing of overall health. Its natural menthol content aids digestion, reducing symptoms of indigestion and bloating. Mint is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties which can alleviate headaches and cure sore throats.  

To experience the benefits of mint, you can easily incorporate mint into your meals which adds a delightful twist.  Check out the creative ways to add mint to your dishes:  

  • Pudina Chutney

This is a common and popular Indian condiment that perfectly pairs with snacks like samosa, pakoras, and sandwiches. You can easily prepare this by blending fresh mint leaves with coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, and salt to taste. This chutney will give you a refreshing as well as tangy and spicy kick, making it a versatile dip for various dishes.  

  • Pudina Raita  

Move beyond the traditional raita and try mint raita that complements well with spicy Indian curries and biryanis. To prepare this raita, you need to mix whisked yoghurt with finely chopped mint leaves, grated cucumber, cumin powder, and a pinch of salt. This is a simple yet flavourful raita that provides a soothing contrast to richly spiced main courses, thus enhancing the overall meal experience.   

  • Mint Pulao  

Mint pulao or pudina pulao is a rich dish that infuses the fresh flavours of mint and basmati rice. All you need to do is saute onions, green chillies, ginger, and garlic in ghee or oil. Add the pre-washed basmati rice, mint leaves, peas, and vegetables of your choice. Pour in water season with salt and cook until the rice is fluffy and aromatic. You can pair the mint pulao with raita or a simple curry.  

  • Mint And Pea Soup  

Mint and pea soup is the perfect, healthy, and vibrant dish that is perfect for summer. You can start by sauteing onions and garlic in a pot till it turns translucent. Add fresh or frozen peas vegetable broth and bring it to a boil. Simmer until the peas are tender and blend the mixture of mint leaves until it is smooth. Season the soup with salt and pepper and finish with a dollop of cream or a splash of lemon juice.   

  • Mint Lamb Kababs  

Welcome your guests with a delightful appetiser that combines the robust flavour of lamb and the freshness of mint. To prepare this, take a bowl and mix ground lamb with finely chopped mint leaves, garlic, ginger, green chillies, garam masala, and salt. Shape the mixture into kababs and grill or pan-fry them until cooked thoroughly and charred. You can serve this kabab with mint chutney or yoghurt-based dip.  

  • Mint Mojito  

This is a classic cocktail that is perfect for summer days. Make this by muddling fresh mint leaves with sugar and lime juice in a glass till the mint releases its aroma. Fill the glass with ice, pour white rum, and top it with soda water. Stir gently and garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge. The drink balances the sweetness, acidity, and herbal note of mint perfectly.  

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream  

End your delicious meal with the beloved dessert that combines the cooling flavour of mint and the richness of chocolate. You can easily make it at home by creating a custard base with milk, cream, sugar, and egg yolks. After the mixture thickens, add peppermint extract and a few drops of green food colouring. Chill the mixture and then churn in an ice cream maker by adding chopped dark chocolates towards the end. This results in a creamy, minty delight with satisfying chocolate bits.