Indian recipes with basil leaves

Alpa Momaya

March 30, 2022

Now that you know about the benefits of basil leaves, why not peep into how you can churn out some delicious Indian recipes with this herb? So, put your culinary gears on and jazz up your diet with the taste of basil!

1. Daal with basil leaves

Delight your taste buds with this delicious and healthy daal!
Here’s how to make it!
Course Snack


  • 0.5 cup Moong or Toor Dal
  • 1.5 cup Water
  • 0.5 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 Green chili
  • 0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 0.5 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 0.25 cup Basil leaves
  • 0.25 cup Sliced onion
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Oil/Ghee


  • Wash and soak dal for 30-40 minutes
  • Drain water and pressure cook with freshwater, turmeric powder, and a pinch of salt for 3-4 whistles
  • Allow pressure to release naturally
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan. Once hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and let them splutter
  • Add finely green chili, onions, ginger, and garlic paste and fry for 5 minutes or until onions turn slightly brown
  • Next, add turmeric powder, salt, roughly chopped basil leaves, cooked dal, and mix well
  • Add warm water if required to adjust consistency and bring it to a boil
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes and take off the flame


Enjoy this delicious recipe with brown rice, jeera rice, or rotis!
Keyword basil leaves, lentil, masoor dal

2. Tangy tomato rice with a twist of basil

Once this beautiful rice preparation goes into your mouth, your taste buds will thank you. Check out the recipe!
Course Main Course
Servings 2 People


  • 2 medium-sized Tomato
  • 1 cup Cooked rice
  • 0.25 cup Basil leaves
  • 2 finely chopped Green chilies
  • 1 tsp Garlic ginger paste
  • 1 tsp oil/ghee
  • a dash Black pepper powder
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 2 springs, chopped Coriander leaves


  • Take tomatoes and boil until the skin starts to peel
  • Peel off the skin and chop them into small pieces
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan. Once hot, add green chili, garlic ginger paste and fry for a minute
  • Add tomatoes, basil leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add cooked rice, black pepper powder, salt and mix well
  • Cook for a couple of minutes and take off the flame
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot
Keyword basil leaves, Tomato

3. Basil tea

A healthy and refreshing tea that will uplift your mood with added health benefits.
Course Drinks
Servings 1 People


  • 7-8 Basil leaves
  • 1 cup Water
  • 0.25 tsp Organic Honey
  • a dash Cardamom powder


  • Heat a pan, add water along with basil leaves and cardamom powder
  • Bring it to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the brew becomes aromatic
  • Take off the flame and pour into a mug
  • Stir in honey and serve warm
Keyword basil leaves, basil tea

About the Author

As the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from the University of Mumbai, Alpa Momaya has always understood the value of good nutrition in an individual's life. She is a Registered Nutritional Practitioner (Canada) with over 15 years of experience in the field. Specializing in Clinical Nutrition, Pre & Post Natal Diets, and Weight Management, Alpa found her calling as a Sr. Nutritionist with HealthifyMe. Alpa's love for cooking and good nutrition has seen her contribute several recipes to the HealthifyMe database over the years. Additionally, she takes a keen interest in reading and painting.

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