Similar to coriander leaves, Mint leaves are an important leaves to garnish dishes, particularly non-veg dishes.
The Tamil name for Mint leaf is "Pudhina thazai" or "Puthina thazai". In Tamil language, "Thazai" means "Leaf"
Mint leaves is in traditional Tamil cooking for ages. In present day, Tamil cuisine and in general Indian cuisine, Mint leaves play a major role.
In Tamil cusine, there are various ways of using "Pudhina thazai":
Green Mint leaves:
Mint leaves leaves are used for garnishing both veg and non vegetarian dishes and also as a vegetable ingredient for both veg and non-veg dishes. It adds a great fragrance to the food and increases the taste as well. Mint leaves leaves are also used to make Chutney.
When compared to other dishes where Mint leaves leaves are used as a garnish, it is a main ingredient for Chutney.
Note: If you are living in abroad and want to use mint leaves to make Indian dish, please take care not to buy "Spear mint". It looks similar but the taste is different.
Popular dish where Mint leaves is used:
Mint leaves are used in Briyani.
Below is an example to show quantity of Mint leaves used for making Briyani. Photo of Mint leaves used for making Mutton Briyani
Mint leaves leaves are used to garnish almost all non-veg dishes.
Mint leaf chutney and combination of mint leaves and coriander leaves chutney.
Spelling variations in Tamil name for Mint leaves:
Pudhina, Pudhin, Pudina thazai, Pudina ilai, Puthina, Puthina thazhai, Puthina ilai
More images of Pudhina
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