Monday, March 3, 2014

Cilantro Almond Pesto

A few month's ago, we travelled to Philadelphia to celebrate my sister's 6 month old's Annaprashana (First Rice Eating Ceremony). Honestly speaking, a 6 month old doesn't care at all. He was quite happy with his boring feeds every few hours. It's the adults that need to celebrate. My mom and my sister had cooked about 12-15 different things starting with few kinds of stir fries, few vegetable curries, two kinds of fish, two kinds of meat and finishing with sweets, pudding and cake. Oh yes, it was very elaborate. You can probably guess who enjoyed all that in the name of the little baby boy!

One of these many delicacies was a salmon baked with pesto. It was absolutely heavenly! I had to get the recipe and make it myself. And so I did.

I am a big fan of cilantro. And cilantro pesto with a hint of basil and nuts - I am hooked!

This pesto is so easy to make and I can think of a hundred ways (well, many) ways to use it. I keep it in an airtight jar in the freezer for longer shelf life. When I plan to make something with it, I just thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

You need (to make about 2 cups):

2 cups cilantro (just remove the thick stems)
7 cloves of garlic
⅓ cup of raw almonds
¼ cup of raw walnuts
1 cup basil (about 20-25 big leaves)
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


Put every thing in your food processor and grind it to a smooth texture. Store in an air tight jar and store in your refrigerator or your freezer for longer shelf life.

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  1. Sounds wonderful, but how about listing a couple of dozen of the myriad ways you can think of to use it? Some of us need a little inspiration. I do remember a dish of simply sautéed shrimp with cilantro pesto that I ordered at a Mexican restaurant once. It was so good I returned to order it again, but they'd added cream to make a sauce that I didn't like as well. This looks lovely. Anyone else have ideas to use it?

    1. Thanks. I have just baked salmon with this pesto. See here:
      This turn out really good. I have also made spaghetti with this pesto with sautéed shrimp which was delicious as well. You can also roast some chicken breast with this pesto and make a sandwich with it. Let me know if you have more ideas. I love this pesto!


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