Why does pudina chutney turn bitter?

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Pudina is a green leaf with an essential oil that gives it the menthol flavour. There is only one good reason why pudina chutney turns bitter. It can turn bitter if you grind it too much of for too long in the electric grinder. The oils in the leaves start to turn rancid.

The solution is simple. Whenever to make pudina chutney, combine the pudina leaves with coriander leaves too. Use lemon juice too. In case you do not wish to combine the two greens and wish to make only pudina chutney then ensure that you do not overuse the electric grinder.

Pudina chutney or coriander chutney is simply the best and the tastiest when you grind it the traditional way: on the grinding stone. This way the oils in the leaves are released slowly and steadily and there are fewer chances of them turning rancid.

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