|Pudina or Mint|
Pudina is a very common herb in Indian kitchens and is long known for its innumerable health benefits. Pudina helps relieve indigestion, gives comfort in aches and pains, fights oral infections and cancer, brings about a glow to the skin, acts as a blood cleanser, eliminates toxins from the body, and combats bad breath. These were some of the most important and known benefits of pudina.
The other main ingredient in this mint chutney is raw mango which has its own set of benefits. Compared to its ripened form it has a richer quantity of antioxidants and vitamin C thereby improving the immunity and stamina of the body and protecting against cardiovascular diseases. Along with salt raw mangoes aid in preventing excess body water loss in the dry summer days.
The two spices, cumin and fenugreek, are in a rather insignificant amount but their taste can be well distinguished and cannot be done away with.
Chutneys are that little addition to every meal that instantly perk up the entire menu. They not only taste great but also enhance the entire food ensemble. They are rather easy to prepare and have a finger licking taste. Let us prepare the very spicy mint chutney.
- Mint leaves – ½ cup
- Green or Raw mango – 1 medium sized
- Jaggery – ¼ cup
- Cumin seeds (jeera) – 1 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds – one pinch
- Chilli (dry red or fresh green) – as per taste
- Salt – as per taste