As I continue my quest for living a more natural and healthy life I realised that regular addition of natural herbs to our diets is a great way to boost health, free the body of toxins and enjoy food that tastes great too! However, aside from making chutneys or sprinkling these herbs over food, I wanted to include these herbs in my meals in a way that it would be like a herb detox for the body. Here, I have used two very easily available herbs—mint and coriander, one in salad and one in a side dish that can be used for breakfast or as a side dish with your meal.
Mint is excellent for maintaining oral health and it is also a natural mouth freshener. It is also great for digestion and can also help with nausea and digestion related unease. Mint is great as a summer cooler for the body too. Mint is also soothing for the throat and can help with congestion. And in addition fresh greens pass on their life giving enzymes onto us so it’s always a great idea to add them to our regular diets.
I used mint as a breakfast dish. Here are the ingredients and recipe.
- 2 sweet corn,
- 1 onion,
- 2 tomatoes,
- 1 chilli and a nice big bunch of mint leaves Oil
- Salt and pepper
Sauté the onions in some oil for a minute. Then add the sweet corn to this, cover and let it cook for a few minutes. Add a little bit of water to prevent the sweetcorn from drying. When the sweet corn is cooked add the tomatoes, sauté for a couple of minutes so the tomatoes are warm but try not to overcook them as this dish tastes good with tomatoes with some bite to them. Finally, when the tomatoes are sautéed switch the flame off and add a big bunch of mint leaves and mix into your dish. Leave a few sprigs aside so you can use it to garnish. Add salt and pepper and your dish is ready. I used this over freshly toasted bread for breakfast and it was a great start to the day with the mint flavour in every bite.
This is one magical herb which is just my favourite. Coriander is a super herb which is great for so many things that it’s going to be impossible to fit it all in here. Here are some health benefits of coriander. It aids digestion, is a great breath freshener and also prevents nausea. It is also a rich source of calcium, is overall packed with vitamins and minerals, has anti allergic properties and is also known to keep blood pressure in check. It is also rich in iron and so it regulates the iron content in the blood keeping you safe from problems related to iron deficiency such as fatigue. The list is never ending! So all I can suggest is that you include coriander in you meals. I made a coriander salad with a big bunch of fresh coriander.
Coriander (one large bunch), cherry tomatoes, radish, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Cut the tomatoes and the radish into bite sizes and toss them into a bowl. Then throw in the coriander and add a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Let this chill in the fridge for some time and then have this with lunch. The salad was a large bowl and it was all gone by the end of my lunch! I felt fresh and light throughout the rest of the day.
I hope you will be encouraged by reading the above to try out herb additions to your meals not just as a garnish but as a main ingredient!
Ms Aditi Pathak is based in Singapore. Widely travelled and from a Services background, cooking is one of her many passions.