Did you know you can prepare thirst quenching drinks using basil seeds? Yes, the seeds from the basil plant are widely used throughout Southeast Asia to make a variety of exotic beverages and you can do the same at home.
What happens when you add basil seeds to a drink?
Basil seeds, much like chia seeds, swell up when combined with water. The exotic little orbs have a neutral flavor which makes them the perfect add-in for things like fresh fruit juices, smoothies and puddings and other desserts.
Simply allow one tablespoon of basil seeds to sit in a half cup of water for 30 minutes. Use the resulting thick jelly to incorporate into your drink of choice.
Why drink basil seeds?
Basil seeds have a cooling effect in the body and also aid in digestion. They are rich in fiber, iron and antioxidants. Plus, they are a fun way to add texture and flavor to drinks.
Where can I find basil seeds for drinks?
Don’t go looking for these tiny black seeds in the spice aisle at your regular grocery store. Instead, you’ll find them at Indian, Middle Easter and Thai markets.
What to make with basil seeds
One of the most famous concoctions made with basil seeds is falooda, an ice cream dessert laced with rose water and vermicelli. It is an Indian specialty with Persian roots. Watch Ruchi Bharani teach you how to make it:
Another deliciosu idea is to add basil seeds to fresh watermelon juice. Sip with a straw and it'll be just like drinking boba tea but with a little more bite. Here's a fine recipe from Angel Wong's Kitchen you can try:
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