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 Uses of Basil

  Last Updated : Dec 11,2018

9 Uses of Basil 

Basil, or Tulsi, is an herb that is used for culinary purposes i.e. for cooking. Even though associated mostly with Italian or Mediterranean cuisines, it actually originated in India. Apart from these cuisines even Thai and Vietnamese cuisines use basil to flavor their food. In India, basil is also known as Tulsi.

1. The best way to use fresh basil is to tear it into pieces and add it at the last moment to salads, pizzas or pastas. The reason behind this is that basil contains volatile oils which get destroyed on over cooking.

2. Generally basil is associated with Italian food because one of the most famous dishes, Pesto pasta, has originated in Italy. It is a basil, cheese, pine nut, garlic and olive oil sauce used in Italian cooking for pastas, pizzas, dips etc. 

3. Basil is also used to flavor soups, whether crushed or freshly torn, is also put over salads, starters and main course. 

4. Basil can be used as a dressing for salads or also as a marinade for cottage cheese. Simple Mozzarella and tomato salad becomes more exciting with a dash of fresh basil. 

5. Basil lends a unique flavor for ice creams and chocolates. The fresh leaves are steeped in milk and then made into ice-creams. 

6. Basil can be added to healthy stir-fries, especially those that include eggplant, cabbage, chili peppers, tofu etc. to give them a Thai flair. 

7. Enjoy a warm cup of Basil tea by infusing chopped basil leaves in boiling water. This is beneficial for one's health.

8. It is used in the preparation of infused oils, such as the basil oil used in making stir-fries.

9. Basil also adds a spark of freshness to different kinds of smoothies. These smoothies are perfect for rejuvenating on a hot summer's day or providing a kick start to the day. 

uses of basil

Pasta is always served with a sauce in southern Italy and the sauce invariably includes tomatoes, onions and garlic amongst its ingredients. Basil and tomato sauce is arguably one of the best known pasta sauces of Italy. Any kind of pasta is accompanied with this famous basil and red tomato sauce. You can prepare larger quantities of this sauce and freeze it. Parboiled vegetables can also be added to this recipe.
Genovese is one of the great sauces of Italy. The city of Genoa in Italy takes the credit of creating this sauce which uses the famous "pesto" (also originated in Genoa). This sauce is traditionally served with pasta. The addition of mushrooms enhances the taste of this already flavourful sauce. Pesto can be easily made at home - by pounding basil, garlic, walnuts and olive oil or you can buy ready-made pesto, available at speciality gourmet stores. Also try these recipes Fettuccine in Tomato Sauce and Fettuccine with Baby Corn and Walnuts .
 by Tarla Dalal
Touched by the herby notes of basil and sweetened lightly with honey, pineapple gives us a really awesome smoothie that is sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages. A pinch of salt is essential to balance the tartness of pineapple and highlight its sweetness instead. This amazing Pineapple Basil Smoothie has the refreshing flavour of pineapple, which seems to taste even better when flavoured with basil. You can garnish this drink with pistachios because the contrasting colour makes the smoothie even more tempting! If you love pineapples, then you must try out other options like the Peach Pineapple Smoothie and the Mango and Pineapple Smoothie too.
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