7 delicious recipes to include basil in your daily diet
Basil is a refreshing herb that grows profusely in the tropics and is native to Central Africa and Southeast Asia. One of the oldest herbs we know of, its health benefits are endless. It has several anti-inflammatory properties and helps digestion. It is also known to prevent headaches and is a good remedy for insomnia. It’s also a favorite with foodies around the world, as the herb provides a refreshing touch and enhances every meal it’s added to. From soups to desserts, the herb can be used to add dimension to even the simplest of recipes.
Considering its many benefits, we’ve put together a list of seven delicious basil recipes that you can easily add to your daily menu.
Here are 7 delicious basil recipes to try today:
1) Hummus with basil pesto
If snacking is a habit you can’t get rid of, we recommend trying this special hummus recipe that serves as the perfect dip for fries and pita bread. With the many benefits of basil, hummus will go well with crispy toast or vegetable crudités. Velvety and delicious, this is one of the easiest ways to add basil to your diet.
2) Chicken cuts with hot basil
One protein that basil pairs well with is chicken. This recipe uses the classic combination to create an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Using ingredients like minced chicken, fresh basil, chili peppers, soy, and a pinch of sugar wrapped in lettuce leaves, this is sure to be a winner at dinner parties.
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3) Basil chutney
There is nothing more refreshing than a freshly made basil chutney. With a total cooking time of just 15 minutes, this tangy dish brings together ingredients like basil, onions, ginger, cilantro and apples. You can accompany this chutney with skewers, pakoras, or even breakfast dishes like dosas and idlis.
4) Basil Butter Bread
Bread, basil and burnt cheese – what not to like about this recipe. This dish is perfect for rainy days or even as a delicious addition to the Sunday brunch menu. The freshness of the basil complements the texture of the bread. We recommend pairing it with your favorite pasta or as a snack with coffee.
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5) Spicy Sriracha Shrimps with Basil
This recipe is perfect for all seafood lovers. For this dish, shrimp are mixed with spicy sauces, peppers and basil. The best part? It can be prepared in half an hour and works well as a snack or as part of a large meal.
6) Gka Prow Gai (chicken with basil)
Basil is an important ingredient in Thai cuisine and features in several dishes in the region. This chicken recipe uses minced meat with garlic, chili, and a plethora of sauces such as oyster sauce, soy sauce, and fish sauce.
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7) Pilaf Tomato Basil
This rice dish is like a party in your mouth. It combines tomatoes with basil, onions and garlic. It’s the perfect recipe to make on busy days and can be made in just 30 minutes.
Tell us which of these recipes you will try first.