Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mint Concentrate

I have developed a nice mint [ pudhina ] bed in a corner of my garden where there is shadow and near water tap. A few months back plucked all the leaves and dried in the shadow. I have preserved these dried mint in a container for future use. Now again it has grown well and ready for one more harvest. I am using these fresh aromatic leaves in my recipes wherever possible. Even then lots of leaves are there. I do not want to waste them. So this time I prepared a concentrate which can be chilled and used in the preparation of drinks.

Ingredients :
1 cup                                     Mint leaves
2 1/2 cups                              Water
small piece                              Ginger smashed [ optional ]

Method :
Wash mint leaves two or three times thoroughly with water and keep on a cutting board.

Boil water in a vessel.
When water starts boiling pound the leaves slightly with the back of a ladle and add.
If ginger is taken add that also.

Reduce the flame and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Turn off the stove and let it stand until it reaches room temperature.
Then filter using a colander or tea filter.
Store in a bottle after the concentrate completely cooled down.

Store in refrigerator.

Mint concentrate can be used in juice preparation instead of plain water.
It can be filled in ice trays to make ice cubes.
A little quantity of mint concentrate can be mixed with drinking water in the ratio of 1 : 6.
It can also be mixed with curd to make buttermilk.