Tuesday, October 18, 2011

When Asians Met Pesto

The real pesto is a classic Italian sauce made with pine-nuts, garlic, basil, parmigiano regiano and a little cream can be used to blend into a smooth mixture. So, I was having fun with pesto and decided to give it an Asian twist. I have used all the ingredients that are commonly found in Asian markets and grocery stores. It was a fun experiment, tastes surprisingly unique and delicious.

Asian Peanut Pesto – for 1 cup

Peanuts, peeled ¼ cup
Garlic, peeled 4 cloves
Basil a handful (You can use sweet basil or Holy Basil [Tulsi leaves])
Processed Cheese, grated (preferably Parmesan cheese) ½ cup
Coconut Milk ½ cup

Add the peanuts, garlic, basil, cheese and coconut milk in a blender jar. Blend all the ingredients together. Make a smooth paste.
You can use peanut pesto with grilled or boiled potato/ Boil pasta to al dente, drain out the excess water and mix in the pesto/ Use it in soups or sandwiches.

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