Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mint Soup

Mint leaves are aromatic, tasty and most essential in many dishes. They have their own unique health benefits.

  • Dried mint leaves, boiled in water, form a strong concoction that helps in soothing the digestive tract and easing the severity of stomachaches.
  • Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes and cleanses the stomach.
  • Mint is a strong diuretic and therefore, helps in eliminating toxins from the body.
  • When included in the diet on a regular basis, mint reduces the growth of bacteria and fungus in the body.
  • The antifungal properties associated with mint help in curing asthma and other allergic conditions.
  • Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening teeth.
  • Mint helps in getting rid of headaches and migraines.
  • Inhaling mint gives relief from congestion problems, like sinus infections and common cold.
  • Due to the presence of essential oil called menthol, mint finds its usage in preparing a variety of cosmetics and perfumes.
  • Inhaling essential oil of mint provides a sense of calm and thus, helps one relax the mind.
  • Menthol present in mint makes it an important component of many medicines and drugs.
  • Mint finds extensive usage in the field of aromatherapy.
  • Mint has antipruritic or anti-itch properties. When added with camphor, it helps to cure insect stings and bites.
  • Various researches indicate mint as having anti-cancer properties. The phytonutrient, called perillyl alcohol, in mint is believed to prevent colon, skin and lung cancer.

My pantry is stocked with a bunch of Mint leaves. My Huss does not like dishes garnished with Mint leaves. So I minimally use them. I hate to waste greens and hence adapted my MIL’s recipe. An easy and healthy Mint drink.

Makes – 2 cups; Preparation time – 15 mins

~* Ingredients *~

Mint leaves – a bunch

Small onions – 5-6

Tomato – 1

Salt – to taste

Pepper – to taste

Water - 2 cups

The Making:

Add all the above ingredients in pressure cooker and steam for 3-4 whistles. Strain the water from the pulp. Discard the pulp. By increasing the pepper content, you can provide this drink to anyone with cold. It will be a good kashayam. :)

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  1. Hey nice info about chutney too...

  2. Love the soup.. Am a big fan of mint...
    Thanks for the facts on mint leaves..

  3. wow Good to know the multi qualities of mint... nice drink

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. looks delicious, nice info on mint.

  5. refreshing,healthy and aromatic soup.

  6. really delicous drink yaar..has some terrific flavors..
    Tasty appetite

  7. Useful info about mint ...very delicious soup !!

  8. I'm down with a bad case of flu and I wish I could have a glassful of your drink, now! Thanks for sharing this refreshing recipe, Vimitha!

  9. Very useful info about mints, truly awesome..

    Soup looks aboslutely excellent..

  10. Looks so delicious and super healthy too.

  11. Sounds very refreshing,nice recipe!

  12. info abt mint is welcome !great post

  13. I love mint in all dishes...desserts even!!!! And thank u for presenting the benefits of this herb...!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. Wow how interesting is this ...very innovative

  15. Thanks for all the wonderful comments Vimitha. The mint soup looks delicious, healthy and conforting. Keep Rocking Girl :)

  16. Wow, soup looks lovely and so nice of you to state the benefits !

  17. Thanks for the info dear and great recipe!


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