Indian cuisine is incomplete without chutneys. We mean imagine a plate of pakoras without chutney, dahi bhalla without chutney. The chutney’s zesty and spicy flavour always hits home for us. 

Not many people know that the good-old chutney was considered a luxury food item among the Britons during British rule in India. As per legends, throughout the British era, they imported chutney into Europe.  So much so that later, it became one of the few selected Indian foods that found a mention in the Oxford English Dictionary.

One of the healthiest and flavourful chutneys  is pudina chutney. In this blog, we will explore the delightful Pudina Chutney (mint chutney), which has been cherished for its several health advantages in addition to its deliciousness. Continue reading to learn about this traditional Indian herb and its role as a powerful digestive aid.

Health benefits of mint chutney

Reduces inflammation

Mint leaves have been used in traditional medicine since time immemorial. It is a storehouse of essential nutrients like phytonutrients and antioxidants that are found to work wonders for your digestion. Menthol present in this herb activates the secretion of bile salts and acids into the digestive tract that soothe your stomach, eliminates inflammation from the body and prevents free radical damage.

Promotes intestinal health

Pudina, or mint, is inherently high in fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Mint’s cooling properties support intestinal health. In actuality, the antibacterial and antiseptic qualities support the health of the gut flora. Mint leaves also contain the essential oil menthol that helps induce a cooling effect on your gut and promotes intestinal health by preventing issues like indigestion, acidity, and more.

Prevents skin problems

Mint leaves are known to contain high levels of salicylic acid which is very helpful in combating acne and blemishes

Helps soothe the body in summers

Because of their adaptogen qualities, mint leaves can help soothe the body in the summer. This herb’s cold potency aids in lowering body temperature and acidity, which helps balance the body and promotes relaxation, particularly in the summer.

Rich in antioxidants

Mint chutney is loaded with antioxidants and can help flush out toxins. It also helps maintain the water balance in the body.

Aids weight loss

Mint is low in calories and fat. Adding spices like black salt, lemon, and others help to accelerate the weight loss process by keeping the calories in check. 

Helps with respiratory issues

Mint leaves contain menthol, which calms the respiratory system. This could facilitate easy breathing and lessen the sensation of suffocation.

Promotes oral health

Menthol in mint may help freshen your breath. Additionally, the oil might aid in preventing dental decay and gum disease.

Relieves menstrual water retention

Due to their diuretic effect, mint leaves help eliminate urine and combat fluid retention and swelling in the body.

What experts say

As per experts, adding condiments like mint chutney to your meals is a great way to enhance flavour and potentially provide health benefits too. Swapping ketchup with mint chutney is a healthy way to enhance flavour and — potentially — add health benefits.


  • Take fresh mint or pudina leaves and tender stalks of coriander leaves and chop them roughly.
  • Grind these along with approximately one cup of chopped onions, 1 tsp of roasted cumin seeds, 2 tbsp of chopped green chilies, salt to taste, and a tsp of sugar.
  • Now mix 1/4th cup smoothly beaten yoghurt along with the chutney.
  • Serve it chilled.

Things to remember

  • It is recommended that pregnant women should consult their dietician or gynaecologist before consuming it. 
  • Patients suffering from GERD should avoid eating it.

Closing thoughts

Mint chutney can be a great addition to make holi delicacies flavourful and healthy. Mint leaves are incredibly versatile and the chutney goes well in sandwiches, the simplest being just butter and mint chutney on white bread. It goes well with kebabs and a variety of finger foods also. It can also be served with rolls, parathas, chilla, and omelette. In fact, mint chutney is a good accompaniment for practically all the food which can be eaten with a salt-based dip.

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