Mint, a plant which is long known in diverse cultures such as India, Middle East and Europe, because of its distinct aroma, soothing flavor and curative properties. Mint tea helps digestion, it also provides relief from congestion. Some researchers have shown that min has anti-cancer properties and it can prevent colon, skin and lung cancer.
In Indian diet, we consume mint or पुदीना(pudina) in Marathi, mainly in a form of chutney. I wanted to use it in a main dish so I had three options – paratha or curry/vegetable or rice. The idea of mixing rice with mint chutney and some vegetables was more appealing than other two options; hence I made this “Green Rice”.
It’s a simple 4 step process
- Prepare white rice
- Prepare mint chutney (mint, cilantro, cumin seeds, green chilis, salt, sugar and lemon juice)
- Steam your favorite vegetables. I used broccoli and green beans to match the green theme.
- Prepare tadka with ghee and cumin seeds and whole garam masala and mix everything together!
Mint is especially rich in carotenes and vitamin C and also a good source of of several essential minerals, including magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and calcium.