Pudina Aloo Dum (Baby Potatoes in mint gravy)

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Dum Aloo is a very common recipe and made by everyone. Giving it a variation this is a recipe of Dum aloo with pudina (mint). It is a very easy and very tasty and a nice variation to this traditional recipe.  If you are bored of eating the regular Dum aloo recipe then you can try this out and it is absolutely yummy and a very easy recipe with a very few ingredients which are regularly available at home. It was liked by everyone at my home and I polished it off in a minute.

Mint as a flavoring usually plays a role in most people’s daily lives, whether in the form of toothpaste, breathe mints, or mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yet the pure, whole food form of mint, mint leaves, tends to be a much less frequent presence. Mint leaves, with their fresh, summery smell, can be eaten whole, prepared in a tea, or used to add flavor to a cold drink. Mint leaves can also provide various health benefits, although they are not considered a medical cure for any condition.

Digestive Benefits

According to I Love India, dried mint leaves prepared in boiled water can have a soothing effect on the digestive system and relieve stomach pain. Mint tea may also improve bowel function, I Love India notes. World’s Healthiest Foods cites peppermint in particular as having benefits to the digestive system. Peppermint may be useful in easing symptoms of dyspepsia, indigestion, irritable bowels and spasms of the colon muscles. World’s Healthiest Foods reports that the menthol contained in peppermint may be responsible for this soothing effect.

Cancer Fighting Benefits

Although these claims have not been sufficiently proven by research, there is some interest in the use of peppermint to slow the growth of cancerous tumors. World’s Healthiest Foods reports that peppermint contains a phytonutrient called perillyl alcohol, which may play a role in halting tumors and preventing cancer of the lungs, colon and skin. Studies conducted on mint have thus far involved an animal population; human studies are warranted to further explore this approach.

Abundant in Nutrients

According to World’s Healthiest Foods, mints such as peppermint are also plentiful in basic nutrients. Peppermint is rich in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also is a good source of fiber, folate, iron, vitamin B2, potassium and copper. I Love India notes that mint also contains nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and oxalic acid. A 100-gram serving of mint contains only 48 calories, I Love India reports.

Diuretic Effects

Mint is a powerful natural diuretic, I Love India reports, and this may have a cleansing effect on the body. Many people use diuretics to alleviate fluid retention, allowing for water weight loss. Some diuretics are also used to help lower blood pressure, although you should speak with your doctor about any blood pressure concerns you may have. You should also take care to drink plenty of water if you are using any diuretic, in order to avoid dehydration.

Asthma Benefits

Mint may have a beneficial effect in alleviating the symptoms of asthma and allergies due to its anti-fungal effects, reports I Love India. World’s Healthiest Foods adds that peppermint contains a substance called rosmarinic acid, which is thought to have an anti-inflammatory and airway-clearing effect. Mint is not known as medical treatment for asthma or allergies.

What do we need:-

7-8 baby potatoes

2 Medium Onions

3-4 Green chillies

½ Cup Mint leaves (pudina)

½ tsp Turmeric powder (haldi)

1 tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)

½ Lemon juice

4-5 tbsp Oil

Salt to taste

How do we do it:-

1 Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadhai.  Peel the outer skin of the potatoes. Fry these baby potatoes in the oil with little turmeric powder and salt.

2 Prepare gravy of Onion, green chillies and mint leaves. Keep aside.

3 Put the remaining oil in the kadhai.

4 Add the cumin seeds and wait till they splutter.

5 Add the prepared gravy and turmeric powder and sauté for 2 minutes.

6 Add in the fried potatoes and salt to taste and a little water and cover and keep it to cook.

7 Cook till the potatoes are fully cooked. Adjust the water if required for cooking the potatoes.

8 Add the lemon juice and serve hot with Roti’s or parathas.


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