Before we present the Thai stir-fry recipe to you, let us present the scientifically proven health benefits of Holy basil.
Health Benefits Of Holy Basil
Holy basil also known as Tulsi has medicinal properties.
The leaves are used in Thailand to sharpen the brains memory.
Very Well Health says that holy Basil is an anti-aging adaptogen that protects the brain.
The tender leaves of holy basil are boiled with black tea during Thailand’s rainy season, to help prevent malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent.
A tea is also made from the leaves along with raw honey and fresh ginger as an effective remedy for bronchitis, asthma, and the influenza.
National Library of Medicine reports that holy basil can lower cholesterol levels as shown in white albino lab rats.
Now that you know a few of the health benefits, let’s cook with holy basil using the following stir-fry recipe.
Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil
Cook 1 cup of your favorite rice according to package instructions (use chicken broth in place of water, provides more flavor for the dish).
2 tbsp. avocado oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
8 ounces chicken breast, boneless and shredded into medium pieces
1 tbsp. red chili flakes
Red chili is a great source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin-A to sponge cell damaging free radicals. The chili also helps reduce inflammation and reduces blood clotting. It also increases blood flow, which can help with cold hands and feet.
2 handfuls of holy basil
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. raw sugar
2 tbsp. chicken stock
Heat a wok (or similar pan) over medium heat. Add oil and garlic, stir-fry for a few seconds or until you smell the aroma of the garlic.
Turn up the heat to medium-high. Next add the chicken, chilli flakes, half of the basil, and stir-fry for 1 minute.
Next add the fish sauce, raw sugar, and stock. Mix in well. Stir-fry until chicken is oblique.
Turn the heat to low, and add the rest of the basil. Stir-fry the contents of the wok or pan 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Plate with some rice and enjoy.
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