Often fresh herbs are forgotten to be included in our daily diet. Mint aka Pudina contains an anti oxidant which is very effective in giving relief to seasonal allergies. Mint contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant and treats cold and relieves sore throats, it calms and pacifies an upset stomach, treats heart burns, is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener.
Pudina - 1 bunch, cleaned, stems removed and washed well
Hing powder - 1/4 tsp
Split urad dhal - 2 tsps
Red chillies - 3
Grated coconut - 3 tsps
Tamarind paste - 3/4 tsp
Cooking oil - 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Lunch/ breakfast
Prep time: 5 mts; Cooking time: 5 mts
Washed pudina being drained
Cooking oil heated in pan, and hing powder, urad dhal and red chillies added.
Fresh coconut loaded in the blender jar
After the urad dhal turns golden, add the mint leaves
After they shrink a bit, switch off. If you roast too much, mint leaves lose their nutritive value.
After cooling down, all loaded into the blender jar, where coconut is there already
Grind with minimum water possible, if you want a thick thogayal. Serve with hot rice, a dash of ghee, and with fried or microwaved appalams, it is heavenly!
*Can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.