And with more than thirty species and hundreds of varieties to its name, the most common being spearmint and peppermint, it was but obvious mint made its way into our diets. Read on to know how you can make the most of this inexpensive addition.
Juice it UpThe most delicious and nutritious way to use mint is to use it fresh, which is
why it often finds its way in a number of juices and . Our
favourite recipe is this : a detoxifying and refreshing drink to your rescue. Watermelon chunks along
with a few chopped pieces, lemon
zest, soaked , and of
course, lots of mint leaves. For a boozy version, throw in some vodka or gin
for an added indulgence.
Quick Minty UpgradeHeat some water and pour it over mint leaves in a bowl. Strain and cool this
minty fresh water. Once cool, pour into ice cube trays and freeze. If you plan
on making them in bulk, you could simply store the cubes in a freezer bag. When
guests come over, use these mint cubes to add a refreshing zing to water, iced
teas, or . You can also make mint butter. Just mix some melted butter with fresh mint
leaves either in the microwave or on a pan over low heat until mixed well. You
can then slather the mint butter on toasts, breads, parathas, muffins, and so
Minty SyrupsFresh mint leaves boiled with sugar to make mint syrup can be used to
sweeten summer and .
All you have to do is mix one part water to one part sugar and bring it to a
boil with a handful of mint leaves. The mint flavour will blend with sugar
thereby turning into a syrup which can later be cooled and refrigerated until
Chill in StyleReminisce childhood with icy popsicles but with a modern twist. The cool
freshness of mint make these
a guilt-free and vegan treat with no artificial colours. Besides, you can also
experiment by throwing in flavours of your choice–from watermelons, berries, pineapples
green tea, chocolate and –they are just
If you’re looking for the star ingredient for your summer salads; make way for mint. Chop a bunch of fresh mint leaves and add to your salad along with some freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or even lemon zest. Add veggies and fruits of your choice; the flavours will impart a great flare to any of your boring salads. Our top pick would be these . Learn how to recreate them in your kitchen.
Dip DiveMake way for minty dips–great for dunking an assortment of munchies. Not only
do they offer relief from your summer woes, but these take no more than 15 minutes to get to your table! Simply stir together
some yoghurt, fresh mint leaves, chopped ginger and garlic, lemon juice and
cumin in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Besides, you can also jazz
up your minty dips by experimenting with ,
or simply . These
mint dips can be refrigerated and used for a couple of days when those hunger
Savoury TwistIf you are looking for fool-proof ways to introduce mint into savoury dishes,
soups are your safest bet. The flavour of mint is unexpected but pairs well
with a number of veggies and blending it in soups is a great way to try
something new. Moreover, you could also substitute vinegar in your cooking with
some dry mint leaves for that sweet and salty flavour in your gravies and
curries. Crush or tear, and then mix in your almost cooked gravy or curry to
add a refreshing flavour. Give this dish a try. Besides a mint marinade will help pack your meats,
paneer, tofu and mushrooms with light, bright and refreshing flavours that make
it worthy of a place in your meal plans.
Sweet ToothTake your dessert-loving to a whole new level by adding a few mint leaves into
your baking recipes. You can
add a few chopped mint leaves to your cookie doughs, macarons, truffles, cakes,
brownies, puddings and even pies. To balance the flavour, you could throw in
some chocolate or just let the mint shine on its own. We adore this recipe that makes use of fresh mint leaves and mint
toffees. Try them out now!
Good to know: Mint is also known for its many therapeutic properties, making it a favourite among beauty enthusiasts. You could even consider adding this magic ingredient in your beauty shelf to treat everything from mosquito bites, acne, and dry skin to blackheads and summer tan – there’s almost nothing that this herb can’t handle.
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