Salty Mint Lassi (Source: Partap Chauhan Jiva Newsetter
Indian name:Pudina rayta
Ayurvedic Properties of Mint :
Taste: Katu (Pungent)
Quality: laghu (light), Ruksa (dry), tiksna (sharp)
Potency: Ushna (hot)
Post-digestive effect: Katu (pungent)
Medicinal Properties of Mint:
Mint juice is used for gargling in halitosis. It is also used in cases of indigestion, low digestive fire, flatulence, diarrhea, and fever.
This drink primarily balances pitta dosha and to some extent kapha dosha. It may increase vata dosha because of its cold property. To counteract this and to pacify vata, it is advised to add asafetida, salt and cumin seeds. Afternoons are the best time for this drink.
Fresh thick homemade yogurt 1 cup
Fresh mint leaves 30 gm
Water 1 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Asafetida powder a pinch
Salt according to taste
Puree mint into a paste with 1/4 cup of water in a blender. Churn the yogurt for a few minutes with water to make it smooth and of thin consistency. Add the mint paste and salt to it and mix thoroughly. Heat the oil in a pan; add cumin seeds and asafetida powder till they turn slightly reddish. Take care not to burn them. Add to the mixture of mint and yogurt.