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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Stir fried mushrooms in basil

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/


Shreya said...

great mushrooms recipe.. that too in basil..:-) Love the mirchi bajji!

Usha said...

Looks delicious :) There is a surprise for you at my blog,please check it out.

Sagari said...

mushroom and basil is a nice combo dershana

Sunshinemom said...

Me! I love anything t do with mushroooms:)

Dershana said...

Thanks a bunch Shreya, Usha, Sagari, and Sunshinemom.

And, usha and extra bunch of thanks and love coming you way for the lovely award!

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