Healthy Mint Drink in 5 Minutes

During my school days, once I and mom visited her friend’s place and there I tasted mint drink (pudina sharbat) for the first time. It was a hot summer afternoon and after drinking, it felt really refreshing.

Mint Drink

I still remember, that day I had indigestion problem and was not in mood to have anything. However, on aunt’s assurance that it would sooth my tummy, I gave it a try. And let me tell, it was so relieving.

I loved it instantly and its sweet and sour taste remained with me forever. That day I came to know mint leaves are full of antioxidants, helps in digestion process and beat acidity along with other health benefits.

Sattu drink is another healthy (also helps in weight-loss) option for hot scorching summer.

So, next day I tried to make this drink at home. I added paste of mint leaves in lemonade, but couldn’t replicate the same awesome taste. I experimented further by adding roasted cumin seeds powder, but that zing (which I had experienced the previous day at my aunt’s place) was still missing.

Finally, after trying so many things I gave up and asked my mom to ask her friend for the recipe. Thankfully, aunt was gracious enough to share the process.

Contrary to its so many health benefits, this drink is quite simple to make. All it requires is bringing together all ingredients and just a little more work.

That’s why in summers it hardly happens that I don’t have mint leaves in my refrigerator. It’s so handy when you want to serve your guest with something delightful in hot weather. I have served this wonderful drink to my several guests and it has never happened that they have not asked its recipe. So amazing is its taste!

In summer women are tangled with acne and oily skin, and that is when mint helps in cleansing skin and making it free of pimples. So, if you are satisfied with just few of these benefits (it has many more), include mint leaves in your daily diet (like – mint chutney). Search further if you need more reasons! 🙂

So, here is the simple recipe of this fabulous summer drink.

Ingredients (makes 2 glasses)

Mint Drink ingredients

  • Mint (pudina) leaves: 1 bunch
  • Lemon juice: 2tbsp
  • Honey/Sugar: 1tbsp
  • Black Salt: 1tsp
  • Few ice-cubes
  • Water: 2 glasses

Procedure

  • Grind mint leaves, sugar (sweeten according to your taste) and lemon juice in a mixer and make a paste of it. Strain the paste and add water and black salt.
  • Add some ice cubes and serve immediately.

P.S: Make it just before serving otherwise it will not taste that fresh.

Mint drink to be served

So, instead of unhealthy, full-of-preservatives ready-made drink, treat yourself and your guests with this healthy cool mint drink. Go green and be healthy!

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Mint Chutney – The Punch of Pudina

Mint chutney is so popular and common in India that it is made in almost all homes. It does great work of spicing up even a simplest of meal. It has health benefits as well, because mint (pudina) leaves are full of anti-oxidants and helps curing indigestion and stomach related ailments.

Pudina Chutney

Pudina chutney is very easy to make and can be made in no time. All you need is taking all the ingredients and grinding them fine to make a smooth paste (chutney).

I remember, in my childhood days this mint chutney was made on sil- batta (grindstones). Actually, my grandma didn’t liked the taste of chutney made in blender and preferred pudina chutney made on sil-batta only.

Truly speaking, I completely agree with her because taste and texture of any chutney definitely enhance when made on sil-batta. It’s just that, our generation is not sturdy enough to perform such heavy-duty daily chores. We prefer doing workouts in gym instead of performing simple but calorie-burning day-to-day activities. 🙂

Coming back to mint chutney, I have come across many ladies missing the benefits of this herb by not even making it in blender. Do you know this green herb can work wonder for your skin too?

Mint leaves have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which cleanses and keeps skin less oily. This means clean and acne-free glowing skin.

Additionally, its anti-bacterial quality helps in fighting oral infections too. So, beat bad-breath by including pudina chutney in your meals.

In summers, you will always find this chutney in my refrigerator. It becomes handy to have a dollop of chutney with snacks or meals. You can enjoy this spicy and tangy chutney with hot samosa or healthy moong-dal tikkis etc.

I also like the combo of green mint chutney and red spicy garlic chutney on hot plate of steamed vegetable momos.

So, here is the recipe for mint chutney – or should I say Pudina Punch 🙂

Ingredients

Pudina Chutney ingredients

  • Mint leaves: 1 bunch
  • Coriander leaves: ½ cup
  • Green chilies: 5-6
  • Raw mango pieces: ½ cup
  • Ginger: ½ inch
  • Cumin seed: 1tsp
  • Black Salt: 1tsp
  • Salt: 1tsp

Procedure

  • Take mint and coriander leaves, green chili, ginger, cumin seed and raw mango pieces and grind to make fine paste. In case raw mango is not available you can add lemon juice. Adjust the sourness according to your taste.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • If you have to store it for a week or 10 days, then transfer the chutney in an air-tight jar.

You will have to admit that pudina chutney adds life to any food preparation. So, enjoy the healthy benefits of this chutney and add a punch to your life :-). Also, don’t forget to try cool mint drink to beat the heat in a healthy way.

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