Herbilicious – Mint

The Purple Frog is a huge mint fan. Those leaves are magic. From Mojitos to Mint tea, from After Eight to Mint Yogurt there is nothing that is not cherished here.

However, to use mint as an ingredient,

The Purple Frog thinks of it as something to be had a fling with – few leaves and stems here and there, a pinch of dried & crushed coarse powder or at maximum, a bunch to be mixed with something neutralizing like yogurt. Try a full-fledged affair with it in a recipe, and you need one more ingredient to balance its strong flavor that leans towards bitterness.

Yet, nothing stops The Purple Frog from using mint the right way and stretching imagination to come up with more ways to keep it around.

Recently,

The Purple Frog had mint tea that instead of fresh mint straight from the planter, was made of dried, coarsely crushed leaves added at the very start with water, before all the other ingredients were added. Oh the flavor – how well it fitted with the entire set of ingredients of regular milk tea.

Another recipe is Labneh

Where dried, coarse, crushed mint leaves make for a great addition without disturbing the original personality of the dish. Well, if you are not from the middle-eastern or the Mediterranean region of our world, labneh might not be a part of your staple diet. However, if you’re a yogurt lover, it ought to become.

Sharing the recipe from the start

It makes for a great spread on flavourful multi-grain crackers.

A jar of yogurt hung for a day or more till it is consistent enough to look like a moist ball of cheese. Lightly knead it with a bit of salt and olive oil. At this stage add dried, crushed mint leaves and there you go,

Herbilicious labneh

Roll into tiny balls to add to salads or simply beat it mildly to turn into a lovely mint cheese-like spread or make one big ball to be sliced like mozzarella that can replace the cheese in a cold cheese & tomato sandwich for a low-calorie version.

For another low-calorie, flavourful recipe using mint

Put together grated cucumber, a bunch of fresh mint (crushed using mortar & pestle or blitzed in a food processor), fresh yogurt, a pinch of salt, pepper & sugar and you have a flavourful Indian Raita to go with spicy veg or even, vegan biryani ( a soy chunk, tofu based recipe that The Purple Frog will share later).

Talk Mint and

The options are innumerable. The Purple Frog will come back with some special ones that can add some pop to the arriving festive season.

Till Then, take a look at these

Things This Week

Dips & Sauces platter

To be able to accommodate two to three dips & sauces at one place…next it will go to the kiln and turn into a beautiful (hopefully) ceramic piece.

Mint-coloured mosaic work

Since the theme for this post is mint and this mosaic work is super recent here, the mint-coloured tesserae on this little folding table make for a mention.

The Purple Frog | Mosaic Table

 

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