Mint Fresh

Aug 31, 2009, 09:53 IST | Sanjeev Kapoor

Read on to discover the different ways you can use pudina in your cooking, right from making naans to mojitos

Read on to discover the different ways you can use pudina in your cooking, right from making naans to mojitos

Mint Quick Lime Mojito

Ingredients
1/2 cup hand torn fresh mint leaves  
9 lemons   
4 tbsp brown sugar 
10 peppermint flavoured candies, powdered 
2 cups crushed ice  
2 cups lemonade  
4 fresh mint sprigs 

Method 
Cut eight lemons into eight pieces each. Discard pips.
Place lemons in a stainless steel glass. Add hand torn mint leaves, brown sugar and crush everything together with a rolling pin.
Take four tall glasses.  Halve the remaining lemon and rub one half around the rims of the glasses. Dip them in the powdered peppermint candy. Slice the remaining half of the lemon thinly.
Divide the crushed ice into the glasses. Add two tbsps of crushed mint-lemon mixture to each glass. Fill them up with lemonade.
Stir lightly. Serve chilled decorated with a mint sprig and a lemon slice placed on the rim.

Paneer aur Pudina Naan

Ingredients
4 cups refined flour (maida)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
Salt to taste
2 tsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp onion seeds (kalonji)
Butter, to serve

Stuffing
800 gms cottage cheese (paneer), grated  
3 tbsp oil   
2 tsp cumin seeds  
2 medium onions, chopped 
4 green chillies, chopped 
1/2 cup coriander and mint chutney   
Salt to taste

Method 
Sift refined flour with baking powder, soda bicarbonate and salt in a deep bowl. Add sugar, egg, milk, yogurt and a little water and knead into a medium soft dough.
Brush with oil, cover with a damp piece of muslin and set aside for one hour.
For the stuffing, heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and when they begin to change colour, add onions and green chillies and sauté over medium heat for one minute.
Add coriander and mint chutney and continue to sauté for another minute. Add grated paneer and salt, toss well and transfer to a plate to cool. Divide into eight equal portions.
Knead the dough again and divide it into eight equal portions. Shape into round balls and dust with flour. Flatten each ball and roll out into four-inch rounds.
Place one portion of the stuffing in the centre, gather the edges together and shape into a ball again. Sprinkle one-fourth tsp of kalonji, press lightly and roll out into a seven-inch round
Heat a pressure cooker. Moisten one side of the naan with wet fingers and gently stick the moistened side to the inner wall of the pressure cooker. Make sure the naan is moist enough to stick.
Place the cooker upside down over an open flame to make a kind of tandoor. Cook over high heat for two to three minutes, lower heat and cook for two to three minutes more.
Turn the cooker upright and gently dislodge the naan from the cooker wall.
Cut into quarters and serve with butter.

Minted Green Peas Soup With Corn Pearls

Ingredients
10-12 fresh mint leaves  
1 cup green peas    
1/4 cup sweet corn niblets  
3 cups vegetable stock   
1 tbsp butter   
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped  
1 small   onion, chopped   
Salt to taste   
1/4 tsp white pepper powder  
1 cup milk

Method
Put green peas in a mixer jar. Add fresh mint leaves and a little vegetable stock and blend till smooth.
Heat butter in a pan, add garlic and onion and sauté for two minutes. Add the green pea puree, salt and white pepper powder and stir. Bring it to a boil.
Heat another pan, add sweet corn niblets, half a cup of water and salt and boil.
Cool the pea mixture a little and blend again. Transfer into a pan and add the remaining stock. Heat. Add milk and stir and bring to a boil.
Divide the boiled sweet corn into individual soup bowls and then pour over the pea soup.
Serve piping hot.

Pudina Pakoda

Ingredients

1/2 cup split Bengal gram (chana dal)  
1/2 cup split pigeon pea (tuvar dal/arhar dal) 
1/2 cup split black gram (dhuli urad dal)  
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves  
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves  
5-6 green chillies, chopped  1 inch ginger piece, chopped 
Salt to taste   
Oil to deep fry 

Method
Soak the dals in four cups of water for two to three hours.
Drain and grind coarsely. 
Add mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger and salt and mix well. Rest the mixture for 15 minutes.
Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and drop a tablespoonful of the dal mixture into the hot oil. Deep fry on medium heat till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
Serve hot.

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