It is said that the ancient Greek civilization introduced Basil into cooking! Closer home, our very own ayurvedic texts abound with medicinal benefits of the delicate herb.Basil is a great source vitamin A & C apart from other trace minerals. It's acclaimed to greatly benefit cardiovascular and respiratory tract health, and promote eyesight.
Mushrooms contain copper, potassium, and folates. Key minerals that help the production of healthy red blood cells, ensure proper muscle and nerve functions, and promote overall health. A scientific study funded by the Mushroom council, Dublin found that Mushrooms, especially button mushrooms, retained 100 % of their nutrients even after cooking or grilling!
Button mushrooms - 250 gms
Sweet basil - a generous handful
Garlic - 3 cloves (finely chopped)
Freshly pounded pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Apple cider vinegar - 1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil - a tablespoon (10 ml)
Salt to taste
Rinse mushrooms well in brine with a little turmeric powder added. Slice into thin pieces.
Warm a thick bottomed skillet. Add the olive oil. Saute the finely chopped garlic. Follow this with the mushrooms. stir fry till the mushrooms are almost done. Add the apple cider and pepper. Finally add a generous amount of roughly chopped fresh basil. Stir only till the leaves wilt in. Add salt to taste.
Serve with warm soup and bread toast!
This is my entry to Ammalu's Kitchen's Herb Mania - Basil event. The event is on at http://ammaluskitchen.info/2008/07/18/anouncing-herb-mania-basil/
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