Making pesto at home is very easy and cost effective too, instead of store bought dip /sauce. Pesto was originated from genoa in the linguria region of northern italy, Traditional Pesto consist of crushed garlic, basil ,and european pine nuts with cheese and salt , and finally its blended with olive oil . I have already tried the pesto sauce for pasta, there i have used the Mint leaves along with butter and garlic along with smoked pepper. But this time i wanted to try the right way, so when i searched i got the following source.
Traditional Preparation : (source Wiki)
Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle. First, garlic and pine nuts are placed in the mortar and reduced to a cream, then the washed and dried basil leaves are added with coarse salt and ground to a creamy consistency. Only then is a mix of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino added. To help incorporate the cheese a little extra-virgin olive oil is added. In a tight jar (or simply in an air-tight plastic container), covered by a layer of extra-virgin olive oil, pesto can last in the refrigerator up to a week, and can be frozen for later use.
Since basil is not available in my place, i opted for cilantro/coriander leaves, And also pine nuts is very costly so i moved for almonds, the final result is ultimate with creamy texture . I loved the texture and taste, to my family taste i just altered few ingredients and added few too . So its more off indian version of Cilantro pesto recipe, Actual recipe will be little sweet due to the various cheese and pine nuts added, But here i added the chilly flakes and pepper powder, so the sweetness in the recipe is very mild but its not spicy , So its very apt for making sandwich and for pasta. Pesto recipe can be used for making salads too. We can try our innovative idea by using this sauce.
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