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355 basil recipes

Last Updated : Aug 23,2023

बेसिल रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (basil recipes in Hindi)
બેસિલ રેસીપી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (basil recipes in Gujarati)

Basil recipes | 397 Indian basil recipes, Tulsi recipes |

Basil recipe collection. Indian Basil recipes. 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.

Tulsi TeaTulsi Tea

Here, it is not only considered as a culinary herb but also a religious one and is extensively used due to its healthy properties as mentioned in the Ayurveda.

Basil in Indian Cooking

Even though tulsi as such is not used in daily Indian cooking, but due to its medicinal properties and the fresh flavor, it is used in various drinks and tea preparations. Our palate is accustomed to the pleasant taste of tulsi and a great way of having it is to have Tulsi Water or Tulsi Tea. Both these drinks have a fresh tulsi taste but are made slightly different – one by infusing and one by boiling. A hot Herbal tea is the perfect way to rejuvenate anyone who has a cold. The anti-viral properties of tulsi combined with fresh ginger is an age old Indian treatment for common cold.

 Fresh Herbal Tea, Tulsi, Mint and Ginger Drink Fresh Herbal Tea, Tulsi, Mint and Ginger Drink

Basil Recipes for snacks 

Basil provides freshness to any dish it is added to and also gives it that certain edge that makes it irresistible. The most basic snack that everyone knows is a Tomato and Basil Bruschetta! This winner combination, even though Italian, is now served at many restaurants due to its increasing popularity! You can experiment with toppings and make Ricotta Basil Crostini as well.

Ricotta and Basil CrostiniRicotta and Basil Crostini

Party snacks are those which are fun to look at and to eat. Cheesy Corn and Pesto Mini Pizza is the perfect party starter that way!

Pesto sauce is made with basil, nuts, olive oil and garlic and makes a great substitute for pizza sauce.

 Cheesy Corn and Pesto Mini Pizza Cheesy Corn and Pesto Mini Pizza

Healthy Basil Recipes

Basil can be used to jazz up so many healthy recipes. The sweetness of green peas is really complimented by the taste of basil in this Low Salt Green Pea and Basil Soup. This soup is healthy because it is fibrous and is really good for people with high blood pressure.

Low Salt Green Pea and Basil SoupLow Salt Green Pea and Basil Soup

Vegetable and Basil Soup is a medley of different vegetables where basil lends a very aesthetic vibe and a nice mouth feel.

 Vegetable and Basil Soup, Healthy Diabetic Recipe Vegetable and Basil Soup, Healthy Diabetic Recipe

Apart from soups where basil is grinded up and crushed, sometimes it is also used to dress salads and starters. Bean Sprouts and Cucumber Salad with Lemony Basil Dressing has a crunchy vegetables dressed with zesty lemon and fresh basil sauce which is complimented with bean sprouts.

The taste of basil leaves gets much more enhanced when torn into pieces. Adding these to a Walnut and Cherry Tomato Salad makes all the difference in the world, to the taste, texture and to the health quotient.

 Walnut and Cherry Tomato Salad  Walnut and Cherry Tomato Salad

International Basil Recipes

Most of us associate basil with Italian food and the first thing that comes to our mind is Pesto! Toss this sauce with some pasta of your choice, with a little cheese on top, you'll get Pesto Penne or pesto spaghetti or whichever your choice is.

The basic Margherita pizza, which is representative of the Italian flag, utilizes basil to represent the green.

Pizza MargheritaPizza Margherita

Even Thai food makes use of this wonder ingredient. Thai Green Kodri is a classic example of how basil, coconut and lemongrass come together to form a medley of flavors. Laksa Soup, a Malaysian delicacy, is a mix of coconut milk and vegetable broth with the garnish of fresh basil leaves.

Laksa SoupLaksa Soup

Hope you liked this collection of vegetarian basil recipes, scroll down below for more.

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Basil and Tomato Pasta
Recipe# 6501
19 Mar 21

 by Tarla Dalal
Try this hearty, tangy pasta for its fresh and delicious flavors. A thick sauce of tomato pulp, onions, garlicbasil leaves and fresh cream is tossed in with farfalle pasta and topped with grated parmesan cheese. To be enjoyed immediately!
Basil and Tomato Pasta, Tomato Basil Spaghetti
Recipe# 3300
14 Aug 22

 by Tarla Dalal
basil and tomato pasta recipe | tomato basil pasta | spaghetti with tomato basil sauce | Indian tomato spaghetti | with 38 amazing images. basil and tomato pasta recipe< ....
Bruschettas with Tomato and Basil
Recipe# 22288
09 Jan 16

by Tarla Dalal
This Italian favourite is a great any-time snack. Basil and tomatoes add subtle flavour and texture to this easy-to-make snack that tots up just 38 calories per piece! Have a couple of pieces to satisfy mid-morning or mid-evening hunger pangs.
Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Indian Style
Recipe# 3256
24 Dec 21

 by Tarla Dalal
tomato basil bruschetta recipe | Indian style tomato basil bruschetta | bruschetta with tomato and basil | with step by step photos. Italian bruschetta is a classic starter enjoyed by many. ....
Garlic Basil Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce
Recipe# 3297
16 May 14

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Ravioli - a pillow shaped pasta, popular in several Italian regions - is usually made with a stuffing of spinach and cheese. Alfredo's was a popular restaurant in Rome, where the chef's fresh pasta was served with a cheese and cream sauce. This sauce from Alfredo's served over pasta has become know ....
Basil Corn Fusilli
Recipe# 6242
25 Nov 14

 by Tarla Dalal
Crunchy sweet corn and mellow baby corn both feature together in this tantalizing Basil Corn Fusilli, which as the name suggests in a delectable preparation of cooked fusilli enhanced with onion and corn, and pepped up with aromatic fresh basil and parsley too. You will love the hints of olive oil, ....
Pesto Sauce, Indian Basil Pesto
Recipe# 1812
18 Apr 22

by Tarla Dalal
pesto sauce recipe | basil pesto | easy homemade pesto | classic Indian basil pesto sauce | with 11 amazing images. pesto sauce recipe | basil ....
Low Salt Green Pea and Basil Soup, Low Salt Recipe
Recipe# 22311
21 Jul 22

 by Tarla Dalal
The sweet, earthy flavour of green peas meets the herby accents of basil in this awe-inspiring recipe. We have retained the high fibre content of green peas in this soup by not straining it. This, along with the restricted use of salt, makes this soup good for those with high blood pressure. Alt ....
Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Recipe# 3274
14 Aug 22

by Tarla Dalal
pasta salad in vinaigrette recipe | Indian style tomato pasta salad in basil vinaigrette dressing | with amazing 14 images pasta salad in vinaigrette is an easy cold salad which can be prepared in a jiffy. This
Vegetable and Basil Soup, Healthy Diabetic Recipe
Recipe# 33650
02 Aug 21

 by Tarla Dalal
vegetable and basil soup recipe | healthy fresh vegetable basil soup | veg basil soup with garlic for diabetes | Indian vegetable soup with basil | with 38 amazing images.
Basil Grilled Tomatoes and Onions
Recipe# 4861
16 May 12

by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A touch of the Mediterranean on your barbeque. Basil and garlic complement tomatoes beautifully to create this simple but stunning dish. Select firm and ripe tomatoes for best results.
Fresh Fruit Salad with Basil Dressing
Recipe# 1237
16 May 11

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Tangy pineapple and juicy watermelon make a great combo! the success of this duo is further highlighted by a simple dressing of sour cream and basil. The sharp accents of basil work very well with the sour cream to create an aromatic and flavourful dressing for your favourite fruits. You could scoop ....
Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Basil Dressing
Recipe# 4643
26 Apr 21

 by Tarla Dalal
Vitamin C rich veggies like lettuce, capsicum,tomatoes and cucumber tossed together with an Italian basil dressing. But dress this salad just before serving to prevent the loss of vitamin C due to exposure of air.
Corn, Basil and Fusilli Soup ( Corn)
Recipe# 30987
27 Jul 08

 by Tarla Dalal
Revel in the charm of this satiating soup, with the soothing flavour of basil! The mild sweetness of sweet corn is a perfect match for the sharp hints of basil, and the duo makes this wholesome Corn, Basil and Fusilli Soup a total success. While onions and garlic add a bit of pungency to this ....
Basil Spaghetti Soup
Recipe# 4961
01 Sep 21

 by Tarla Dalal
This soup's ready in a jiffy and its full-bodied flavours emerge beautifully with each spoonful.
Mozzarella Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Hot Dog Roll
Recipe# 2916
18 Mar 21

 by Tarla Dalal
Cherry tomatoes are a fit addition to any salad or sandwich. In this interesting presentation, it combines with cheese, flavoured tactfully with basil, to fill up a hot dog roll. Olive oil enhances the aroma of any bread, as it does in this case too. Enjoy the Mozzarella Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes and ....
Cabbage and Grapes Salad in A Basil Curd Dressing
Recipe# 22245
22 Jan 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Carefully-chosen ingredients like green grapes, cucumber and cabbage make this salad a really refreshing one. The innovative dressing of low-fat curds adds to the tingling freshness of this salad with the zesty flavours of basil, lemon and mustard. The addition of grated apples is a smart move ....
Spaghetti with Crispy Bhindi, Brinjal and Basil Pesto
Recipe# 36286
09 Mar 12

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Fried ladies finger and brinjal placed on spaghetti, topped with basil flavoured curd and pesto sauce.
Penne Salad in Basil Dressing
Recipe# 36289
30 Mar 15

by Tarla Dalal
The Penne Salad in Basil Dressing is a true tongue-tickler. Tangy sun-dried tomatoes and crunchy walnuts decorate cooked penne along with a flavourful dressing of fresh basil, mixed herbs and red chilli flakes. Olive oil not only binds the dressing together, it also imparts an aesthetic flavour and ....
Mint Basil Granita
Recipe# 36115
06 Feb 16

 by Tarla Dalal
Add more josh to a classy evening party with this Mint Basil Granita, which is sure to refresh one’s senses with the strong accents of mint and basil! Lemon juice complements the herby flavour beautifully, further highlighting the perky flavour and ....
Penne, Basil and Apple Salad
Recipe# 37328
29 Jul 16

by Tarla Dalal
The Penne, Basil and Apple Salad is a wholesome and sumptuous salad, which is actually as filling as a meal! Contrasting ingredients like apple and capsicum give this salad multiple textures, while a herby and lemony dressing gives it an irresistible flavour. Serve this salad immediately upon ....
Strawberry Lemon Basil Infused Water
Recipe# 41819
18 Sep 21

 by Tarla Dalal
Add a berry lemony punch to your daily drinking water by adding lemons and strawberries to it. Strawberry Lemon Basil Infused Water has a unique taste along with the pleasant aroma of strawberries. Fruit Infuser Water Bottles are easily available all over India, in online shops as well as the hom ....
Tomato Basil Chutney
Recipe# 41731
17 Sep 19

 by Tarla Dalal
Guaranteed to make you lick your fingers delightfully, this Tomato Basil Chutney is flavoured with a peppy masala of spices and dals. The masala not only gives a nice flavour and aroma but also a rich mouth-feel. Apart from the masala, the tomato and basil chutney also includes a bit of tamarind ....
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