Jun 1, 2009

MINT AND PISTACHIO PESTO


Mint is an herb native to Europe. It is a hardy and fast growing plant, there are many varieties of mint around the world especially Spearmint and peppermint are two common varieties. Mint is a cooling herb, with a sweet taste and pungent after taste. Mint was originally used as a medicinal herb to treat stomach ache. In Ayurveda it is pacifying for all three doshas (Vata, pitta and kapha) and especially for pitta. Mint is good for Digestion, Bad Breath and Nausea, Liver disorders and also for vomiting. And when we use this herb in cooking it gives it's very delicious aroma to many dishes like Pulao, Biriyani and many curries and if you mix it with lemon and ginger juce can make very refreshing drink. And her is my recipe for MINT AND PISTACHIO PESTO with it's mint and nutty flavor hope you all like this……………….
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INGREDIENTS:-----
Fresh Mint Leaves --- 2 cups
Oil --- 1 tab sp
Garlic – 1 tab sp crushed
Pistachios --- 1/4 cup chopped
Green chilies --- 2 (or you can use ground black pepper also)
Lemon juice --- 2 tab sp
Salt to taste
METHOD:---

1. Toast the pistachios till they turn in to a nice color for a few min. over a medium heat. Let them cool then put all ingredients in to a blender except oil and grind till mixture become pureed.
2. Then add oil and grind till pesto become smooth and creamy.
3. Enjoy this delicious pesto with any boiled vegetables or with pasta and also as a dipping for deep fried snack like Falafel.
This is my entry for JFI - MINT hosted by Ashwini at Ashwinis Spicy Cuisine event started by Indira of Mahanandi

20 comments:

Parita said...

Wow thats fab combination..would never have thought of using mint and pistachios...lovely color!!

Nandini said...

Wow! Very innovative! Looks very green! Tempts me a lot!

Varsha Vipins said...

nutty n greeny..lovely pesto rekha..:)

SAILAJA said...

looks new....good

sowmya said...

good one..

Priti said...

Umm very interesting.....looks so gud..

Prathibha said...

That is a lovely combo rekha....The vibrant green looks really gorgeous..

Pavithra said...

Thats interesting combination..have to try it..

Chitra said...

new one for me..i have mint & pista at home..will try this for sure:)first time here i guess..u have a cute blog:)

Pooja said...

Lovely combination and nice color Rekha...Yummy dish...

Aparna Prabhu said...

Akka I never knw mint goes good with pistachios....good try loved it..............

Varunavi said...

lol rekha great combo and lovely snap,u r quite creative :)

Hari Chandana said...

Hi.. I am a new blogger.. looks very tempting.. thank you :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hmm sounds new...love th punget smaelling herb and crunchy nut tate in the pesto....looks yum...

Priya said...

Woww this is quite a fabulous combination..looks yummy!!!!

Lisa said...

Very unusual pesto recipe. I have mint growing in the backyard and I adore pistachios! Thanks for this great idea.

DEESHA said...

Mint & pistachio, thatz quite a combination

Lavanya said...

nice combination...nice color too..creative idea rekha..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow this pesto is so healthy and the sweet and the slight bitterness of mint has got the magic to do!!! sounds double healthy!!!

Curry Leaf said...

Unusual pesto.You are very innovative.Never ever thght of adding mint to pesto.