I was looking for a zesty pick me up to brighten up a usual rice-dal routine.As I rummaged though the fridge,this bright dark green bunch of pudina invited me with it's lovely aroma-this was exactly what could fit my need!I could not wait to convert it into this chutney below; once you have separated leaves from stalks, go ahead and make this quick, delicious pick me up!
- Pudina leaves-1 1/2 cups packed
- Green chillies-3-4 big
- Root ginger-2 tsp chopped
- Garlic-7-8 cloves,peeled
- Fresh coconut-grated-1/4cup or chopped-1/2 cup
- Juice of 1 lemon (can add more if you feel the need for a super tangy taste)
- Salt-1/4 tsp
- Vegetable oil-1/4 tsp
- Remove stalks,clean and wash pudina leaves under several changes of water,drain and keep aside.
- Take a flat bottomed pan,heat oil in it.
- Add chopped green chillies, ginger, garlic to the pan, swirl the pan and let sizzle.
- After a minute you can add the washed pudina leaves, toss in the oil for a quick coating.Do not fry for more than a minute-you will lose the flavor and colour if you do.
- Take a fresh coconut halved, and grate or chop out the white flesh (use quantity, as given in ingredient list)
- After the fried ingredients have cooled, place these and the coconut in a mixer grinder, add the salt and grind to a smooth paste.Use the lemon juice instead of water,midway through the grinding.You can add another tsp or two of water after adding the juice,(if required).
- Your tangy bursting-with -good-health-pudina- chutney is ready!
- This chutney can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days,and upto 10 days in a freezer box in the freezer;thaw only as much as you would use up each time.
- The chutney works great to perk up a meal,as a sandwich spread,or a tangy spread for rotis-fill up with salad veggies,roll and eat!
- You can use fresh raw mango in season instead of lemon juice-it adds body to the chutney too.
- Can avoid ginger and garlic and use only green chillies for a slight change in flavour.
- Can make the same chutney using fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves too,use 1 1/2 cup of chopped leaves to substitute for every cup of pudina leaves.
- Take care-Do not fry the leaves for more than a minute.
- Ginger, garlic and pudina are known to be excellent digestive aids, they relieve gas, distension, and improve digestion.
- At a good 15mg of iron per100g of pudina leaves, mint packs in good punch!
- Combining lemon juice or raw mango in the chutney makes Vitamin C readily available.Vitamin C improves iron absorption in the body.
- Pudina also adds to the fibre content of the meal.
- With virtually no sodium, it is a good choice for both hypertensive (blood pressure) and some renal patients, who need to control sodium intake.Of course, adding salt to the dish increases the sodium content.You can use low sodium salt insted of regular table salt in case of sodium restriction.