Spices and Seasons – Thai Basil or Asian Basil


IMG_6408Well, we are into that time of the year, where most of my posts shall feature yard to table ingredients. Yes, the little backyard is in full swing, although the weather has been a little temperamental to say the least. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the farmers to keep up and make a living.  All the more reason, why we should be getting out to the farmer’s markets and supporting our farmers. To see our backyard and what I have been doing with the backyard produce, please do stop by the facebook page.

Today’s herb is Thai or Asian Basil, something that I enjoy growing all through the year, right alongside the more common sweet basil. Thai Basil has the characteristic dark purple leaves and flowers and a strong citrus like scent. At some levels it has the distinct scent of sweet basil, however it holds much better under high temperatures making it a better fit for the curries and sautes in Asian cooking.

The past few days have been a little too hot for me to do much in the kitchen, but this is where fresh aromatics come in handy, I tossed several leaves of the basil and fresh cilantro with a few simple ingredients to come up with this Thai Inspired Shrimp.  I have been having some more fun inspirations and we have been enjoying a fresh harvest of Japanese turnips. This was what I did with the turnips. Here’s to a week of moderate weather.


About Author

Rinku Bhattacharya, the Spices & Seasons blogger, loves meshing seasonal produce with fresh spices. Most of her recipes are inspired by her Indian heritage, and her cooking is practical, easy and well suited for a busy lifestyle on the go. As a mother with two young children, her recipes are also usually balanced and kid-friendly. Rinku is the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (formerly,Cooking in Westchester), where she shares her life experiences and original recipes. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years. Rinku is the author of two cookbooks: The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles an award winning (Gourmand 2013) cookbook that highlights culture, memories and recipes from her childhood transformed where needed for her Lohud kitchen and Spices and Seasons that marries Indian flavors with local and seasonal produce. Rinku can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and is also a contributor for Zester Daily.

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