Basil herb is not only know for its culinary uses but also for its herbal & medicinal benefits. It would be apt to say that this “king of herbs” has found its place at the core in many recipes. Best part it can adapt to any cuisine.
Italian, Chinese cuisines have many dishes that highlight it. Here I have described a very basic basil pesto recipe. You can also add more flavour to it. This one always have worked for me.
3 cups fresh basil
1 cup roasted pine nuts
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
Green chillies (optional)
Lemon half (optional)
Salt as per taste
Pepper as per taste
1 cup Cheese grated
Blitz all the ingredients except lemon and cheese in a food processor. Now add cheese, blitz one more time. All the ingredients sgould be incorporated properely withouts any lumps.
Add lemon. Mix manually.
Adjust the seasoning as per taste.
You can use roasted groundnut, pumpkin seeds or even walnuts to replace pine nuts.
Adding lemon may result in a black layer on top. But it is good to use.
This recipe yields about 1&1/2 cup. Can be kept in fridge for 1 week.