It’s a pack of sabja basil seeds, a popular ingredient in India and Southeast Asia, that are similar to chia seeds for loading your food and beverages with nutrients. They work wonderfully well in all kinds of recipes to fill important shortfalls in your diet, as they’re a rich source of fiber, minerals, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.
WHAT IS IT? It’s a pack of sabja basil seeds, a popular ingredient in India and Southeast Asia, that are similar to chia seeds for loading your food and beverages with nutrients. They work wonderfully well in all kinds of recipes to fill important shortfalls in your diet, as they’re a rich source of fiber, minerals, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.
WHY DO YOU NEED IT? Also known as Tukmaria seeds or Falooda seeds, these hold no flavor so you can easily use them without worrying about taste. They are commonly found in refreshing basil seed beverages rich in healthy fiber, but they can also be used to enhance smoothies, sauces, as well as replace egg in baked goods for a plant-based alternative.
BENEFITS - Blends in a variety of dishes with flavorless taste - Has a light crunch similar to tapioca when soaked - Holds slightly more fiber than chia seeds - Substitutes well in recipes that include egg and other thickeners - Delivers most or all of your body’s daily need for omega-3 fats - Detoxifies the digestive system, curbs appetite, and prevents food cravings - Contains a good source of iron, calcium, and magnesium to fill nutrient gaps in your diet - Holds a large amount of antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties
You can use basil seeds the same way as chia seeds.
Start by soaking them in water before use, about 1-2 tbsp of seeds into any liquid (tea, green smoothies, water, or juice), and wait a few minutes for them to expand.
As for using in baked goods, you can grind them and use them to replace part of the flour rather than adding them soaked.
Alternately, you can use soaked basil seeds to replace eggs in plant-based or vegan baked goods. Use 1 tablespoon (13 grams or 0.5 ounces) of basil seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces or 45 ml) of water to replace 1 egg.
Soaking the Seeds Basil seeds should generally be soaked before eating, but if a recipe contains a lot of liquid, such as soup, pre-soaking is unnecessary.
STEP 1: Add 8 ounces (237 ml or 1 cup) of water per 1 tablespoon (13 grams or 0.5 ounces) of basil seeds. Use more water if desired, as the seeds only absorb as much as needed. Using too little water may cause the seeds to clump as they hydrate.
STEP 2: Let the seeds soak for about 15 minutes. As the seeds swell, they approximately triple in size.
STEP 3: Strain the soaked basil seeds and add them to your recipe.
Other ways you can make the most out of your basil seeds? You can add them to drinks, blend them into smoothies, mix them in salad dressings, vegan cheeses, or other cream sauces, use them in desserts and baked goods (where you would use tapioca or thickeners) or simply combine with fruits, pudding, or yogurt.
To minimize the chances of side effects like bloating, ease your body into consuming basil seeds slowly to give your gut time to adjust. Also, basil seeds are rich in Vitamin K content, which could interfere with blood-thinning drugs.
SPECIFICATIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT: (1) Organic Sweet Basil Seeds (100g) NET WEIGHT: 100g INGREDIENTS: Basil Seeds