Eating nutritious food and building immunity against the swine flu pandemic is on top of everyone`s mind today. Basil or `tulsi` has traditionally been used as a medicine to ward off cold.
A tender plant, the tulsi grows as a perennial in warm, tropical climates. The leaves of basil have numerous oil glands with aromatic, volatile oil. The herb is well-known for its medicinal virtues.
Recipes in which you can use basil:
Tomato, Basil and Spinach Soup
1 cup - tomato puree
2 cups - fresh spinach, torn
2 tbsp - butter
1 - large yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp - minced garlic
1 1/2 cups - milk
1 tbsp - white sugar
1/4 cup - chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp - freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp - grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp - salt
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes.
Stir in milk and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in tomato puree and sugar.
Mix well, cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
Add spinach, basil, salt and pepper and simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.
2 - medium cucumbers, diced
25 to 30 - fresh basil leaves, washed
3 to 4 pinches - dried oregano/mint powdered
1/2 - lemon juice, extracted
2 to 3 pinches - fresh ground white pepper
400 ml - chilled water
1/4 tsp - salt