What are the Benefits of Tulsi Garlic

Pluck the basil, wash and dry in the salad spinner. Roast the pine nuts very lightly without fat. Finely dice the cheese and garlic. Then grate the garlic with the salt in a mortar. (The classic pesto is prepared in a mortar, of course you can also use a mixer). Add the pine nuts and mash. Then add the basil in smaller portions and work in. Also add the cheese and mash. Mix this paste with enough oil in a bowl to form a smooth cream.

The pesto tastes best fresh. It will keep for a few months in a boiled glass if you fill the glass to the brim with oil. You can keep the jars in the refrigerator or freeze them in plastic containers.

Pesto tastes wonderful with pasta but also as a spread, as a dip for vegetable sticks or as a seasoning sauce, for example. B. to grilled vegetables and to refine salads.

Asian pesto

Ingredients (for 6 servings):

  1. 100 g Indian basil (or Thai basil "Gaprao")
  2. 100 g coriander herb
  3. 4 cloves of garlic
  4. 50 g cashew nuts
  5. Some coarse sea salt
  6. Approx. 80 ml of peanut oil or sesame oil

Preparation:

Wash the herbs, pat dry, pluck the leaves off and chop finely. Finely chop the garlic and add to the blender with the cashew nuts and herbs. Puree with the oil and salt to a fine paste. If you prepare the pesto with a mortar, as in the recipe for classic pesto, it tastes even better. It goes well with Asian noodles like the carbohydrate-free konjac noodle, steamed vegetables, fish, and summer rolls.

Vegan strawberry cream with sweet basil pesto

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

For the cream:

  1. 150 g tofu
  2. 300 g strawberries
  3. 3 tbsp soy cream
  4. 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
  5. 2 pinches of vanilla or 2 tablespoons of real vanilla sugar
  6. Sweeteners as desired (rice syrup, coconut blossom sugar, xylitol or yacon syrup)

For the sweet pesto:

  1. plucked basil leaves from 2 bunches
  2. 40 g almonds (soak in water overnight, then remove the brown skin, which can now be removed very easily)
  3. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 3 tbsp oil (vegetable oil with as little taste as possible, e.g. almond oil)
  5. 3 tbsp sweetener of your choice (rice syrup, coconut blossom sugar or xylitol)
  6. 1 pinch of vanilla

Preparation:

Put some strawberries aside for decoration. Wash the remaining strawberries, drain them, pluck the green and puree with the lemon juice. Add the diced tofu and puree with all the ingredients to a cream. Sweeten as needed. For the sweet pesto, wash and dry the plucked leaves. Put the peeled almonds in the blender and grind them finely. Chop the basil leaves and put them in the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Puree everything into a creamy pesto. Spread the cream on dessert glasses, cover with pesto and decorate with strawberries and basil leaves.

Tip: Here you can also use the Indian or a Thai basil (tulsi) very well. Pine nuts, cashews or macadamia nuts are also suitable instead of almonds.

Pad Ga Prao: stir-fry tofu with holy basil

This stir-fry dish is often served with a fried egg on rice in Thailand. If you want, you can also prepare the dish with high-quality organic meat. Of course, it is also very tasty with tofu.

Ingredients per serving:

  1. 1 tbsp oil (coconut oil) 1 tbsp chopped garlic 2-10 small Thai chillies, depending on the desired heat 100 g finely diced tofu (the original recipe calls for pork, beef or chicken) 1 tbsp ume-su or soy sauce ( the original recipe calls for fish sauce) 1 teaspoon black soy sauce ¼ teaspoon rice syrup or coconut blossom sugar 2 teaspoons water 1 handful of plucked tulsi basil leaves and flowers

Preparation:

Grind the chillies in a mortar, add the garlic, mash and set aside. Wash the basil, pat dry and pluck the leaves and flowers. Heat the oil in the pan. Add the chillies and garlic and stir until lightly browned. Then add the tofu. Chop up with the spatula in the pan and fry evenly until nothing red is visible. Add syrup or sugar and sauces and keep stirring. When the liquid is soaked up, add the water and basil leaves. Stir briefly and serve over rice. If you want, you can fry an organic fried egg in the same pan and add it to the tofu.

Have fun trying out, enjoying and staying healthy!

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