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The Weekly Superfood Recipe Book: Basil

Looking for ways to uplift your recipe routine? Basil is to your rescue!

This herb adds a touch of magic to just about anything – from boring soups to salads, there’s almost nothing that basil can’t instantly rescue. However, this aromatic herb can do so much more than merely spice up your appetisers, desserts or drinks. What more, apart from lending flavour and taste, it also helps add a dose of health to your daily meals. If you still haven’t read about the benefits of this wonder herb, better get started now. Here are ways to help you make the most of basil:

Thai Basil Mushroom
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It’s unbelievably easy to make and insanely delicious. Perfect dinner for your stay-at-home movie nights, the mushrooms in this recipe can easily be replaced with boneless chicken.  

Corn Basil Tikki 
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Combining the sweetness of corn with that of basil, this veg tikki is sure to tingle your taste buds. Enjoy these tikkis for breakfast or your evening chai-break. You could simply turn them into burgers by placing the tikki between bun pavs with a generous serving of mint chutney or some mayo. 

Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Balsamic Fig Basil Sauce 
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This balsamic fig basil sauce pairs perfectly well with almost anything -- paneer, fish, chicken or even lamb. All you need are just six ingredients and a few minutes to whip together this awesome sauce. Make sure to prepare an extra batch which you can store and use for other recipes.  

Prawns Basil Tikka 
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Seafood lovers, this is all you need to get that summer barbeque party started. Spicy, smoky and crunchy, these prawns can be enjoyed on their own or paired with your bowl of rice or roti. You could simply replace the prawns with any other fish of choice and follow the same recipe.

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Thai Vegetable Soup
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Brimming with veggies, this sweet and spicy soup makes for a filling meal on a lazy night. Taking no more than 30 minutes, this Thai vegetable soup is completely vegan. Non-vegetarians can throw in some meat of their choice, be it chicken or fish, for a quick meaty upgrade. 

Oil-free Tomato Basil Soup
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This classic summertime soup recipe is not only delicious and flavourful but also the best way to be eating (or drinking) your way through the sunny season. Light on your tummy yet healthy this tomato basil soup hits the spot, especially with a side of extra-gooey corn muffin.  

Watermelon Basil Gin Fizz 
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Wash down all that you’ve eaten with this fizzy drink that’s sure to leave you feeling refreshed. Probably the best and easiest way to jazz up summer's classic and all-time thirst quencher, this watermelon basil gin fizz makes the best use of summer ingredients. Teetotalers can simply skip the gin and sip away summer blues.  


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