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Mint Leaf Paste|Mint Paste

posted 15 Jul 2012, 22:40 by Rajmi Arun   [ updated 1 Nov 2012, 12:58 ]
Mint Paste - A paste made from fresh mint leaves without adding salt or any other spices. To get the required consistency a little amount of water could be added. For using in different dishes, coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic, Coconut or tamarind pulp can be added. Mint paste forms the base for chutneys, dips, and sandwich spreads.

Mint leaf paste can be used to make Mint Chappatis, Pudina Pulav, Pani for Pani Puri, Jal Jeera and a lot more dishes to give the tangy taste. Tikkas and Kebabs are marianaded using Mint paste. Mint leaf paste can be used in south Indian rice accompaniments of rasam and sambar in daily cooking too. Mint Chutney is a very healthy and famous side dish for Idly, Dosa or Chappati.

Health Benefits of Mint Paste:
Mint Leaf paste helps in digestion and also acts as an appetizer when added to drinks like Jal Jeera or Mint leaf rasam (which can be had as soup). Mint tea helps in reducing stomach pain, helps in digestion and also helps in breaking down fats.

How to choose Mint leaves for Mint Paste:
Fresh and firm leaves which are deep green in colour can be selected to make paste.

How to store Mint Paste:
Though the paste need to be used immediatly or in a couple of days, it can be frozen in ice cube tray to be used within a fortnight.

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