Monday, June 1, 2015

MINT & LEMON JUICE

MINT & LEMON JUICE

This is the season for the "Cool and Tall Ones." One of the most refreshing beverages, I have come across, which I most heartily commend to you is this delightful mix of mint and lemon. I can guarantee you that this combination of the aromatic mint and the tangy lemon will leave you refreshed, and asking for more.

Like in any recipe, you can make your choices. Jaggery or sugar? I'll go with jaggery. Here's an article by Bhakti Satalkar, which you may like to read. Amount of sweetness? Vary the amount of jaggery/sugar, whichever you choose. Black salt/Ordinary salt? Black is preferred, but at a pinch there's no harm in using the regular salt. The proportion given is what I believe is best, but you can alter it if you want a more heady dosage of mint.



Ingredients:
  • Fresh Mint Leaves, (Pudina) 1 and 1/2 cups,
  • Jaggery, powdered, 10-12 tbsp, or as per taste
  • Water, 1/2 cup
  • Black Salt, (Kala Namak), 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin, (Jeera) Powder, 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed, 3-4 tsp
Method:

Wash the fresh mint leaves
Grate /powder the jaggery
In a blender, add the fresh mint leaves and the powdered jaggery
Add water, black salt, cumin powder and freshly squeezed lemon juice
Blend this to a smooth paste
Using a strainer, strain the blended smooth paste to get the mint concentrate
Prepare a refreshing drink by adding 1/4 of the mint concentrate to 3/4 of water
Pour into tall glasses, mix well and serve chilled, topping your drink with ice cubes