Prep 0 mins
Cook 15 mins
A good pesto has got to be one of the most versatile ingredients one can have in their fridge. Liven up that boring old sandwich, a welcome change from tomato and cream sauces for pasta, a great addition to any soup and of course, great for a quick entertainment help as a dip, or spread on crostini's with a bit of melted parmesan cheese. This pesto recipe, although not a traditional European one, is equally versatile and then some, use it on most Asian rice dishes, a spoon full in your laksa, toss it through you stir fry at the last minute or dollop a little on your pizza before you serve it.
- 3 bunches coriander leaves, removed (cilantro)
- 1 bunch Thai basil, leaves removed
- 150 g lightly toasted cashews, roughly chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped and lightly browned
- grated fresh parmesan cheese
- extra virgin olive oil
- sesame oil
- flaked sea salt
- black pepper
- Place the leaves of coriander and basil into your food processor.
- Chop leaves for about 10-20 seconds on high.
- Stop processor and add cashews, garlic, 2 tbsps parmesan, salt and pepper.
- Process all the above together on high while slowly adding a stream of olive oil until desired consistency is achieved, I prefer a nice thick pesto, however depending on the use you may want to have it a little thinner.
- Once desired consistency is achieved add a few drops of sesame oil to taste.
- If not being used right away place in an air tight container with a thin layer of olive oil over the top of the pesto.