Pesto with pistachio nuts
I was introduced to the taste of sweet basil after I came to Canada and I have fallen for it. I have heard the name basil and associated it with holy basil (Tulasi) that is grown in every home as a reverent plant and worshipped by Hindus in India. I guessed sweet basil might also taste like it with a strong smell and astringent taste but the flavour and smell is totally a pleasant surprise.
After buying a lot of packets of this delicate herb and being captivated by its fragrant leaves, I decided to grow some this year. At the gentlest touch, the leaves release a delicate mesmerizing smell. It is quite a sensational seasoning herb and has anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has several minerals and good for heart health so I recommended it to all friends.
Pesto is a popular seasoning in pasta dishes and the best way to include basil in our diet. It can also be used as a spread on brushetta and sandwiches. Salads and soups can have a flavourful start with a sprinkle of shredded basil leaves.
Basil combined with garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and cheese is a combination of all super healthy ingredients. I am a hard core fan of pesto but sometimes I have to postpone the preparation when I run short of pine nuts. Pine nuts turn rancid if stored for a long time even in the refrigerator. Alternately, I use almonds and cashew but the best nut enhancing its colour is pistachio. We have adopted this to be a regular seasoning at home as my daughter loves it.
- 1 bunch basil leaves
- 3 cloves garlic
- 10 pistachio nuts cracked
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
- Clean the basil leaves and skin garlic cloves.
- Put them in a blender and add pistachio nuts
- Blend it by adding olive oil little by little.
- Collect the pesto when it is a coarse paste and transfer to a bowl.
- Add salt and grated Parmesan cheese and mix well.
Normally, pesto is added at the end of cooking or its volatile oils are lost by heat. Its rich aroma and flavour adds a distinct irresistible taste.