Cooking often requires a combination of herbs. Cuisines such as Italian, Indian and various make herbs an integral part of the cooking, adding flavor and depth to each dish. How wonderful would it be to be able to pluck your favorite herbs from your backyard and add an element of freshness to your dish? Here are a few herbs that you should definitely have in your garden, which will elevate your cooking.
Basil is known for the flavor it imparts to pasta sauces. You can use fresh leaves while cooking the sauce or dry the leaves and store them for later. Easy to grow, you can plant stalks in your garden for a regular supply of fresh basil.
Lemongrass is a wonderful herb used in cooking as well as making green tea. The subtle lemony flavor it imparts to food and soups is delicious. Ideally, lemongrass stalks should first be put in a container with water. Once you see a few roots, transplant it to your garden and let it grow.
Mint, commonly known as Phudina in India can be used to flavor tea or to make different types of drinks. It adds a refreshing minty flavor to any beverage you add it to. It can be grown indoors in water-filled container or in your garden. Make sure to provide sunlight regularly for your plant to flourish
Coriander is a staple for garnishing Indian dishes or using the fresh leaves to make chutney. The subtle tang you get when you talk a bite into a dish flavored with cilantro is wonderful. Use cilantro seeds to grow the plant and make sure to pluck the leaves before buds start forming. To re-plant coriander, use the seeds or stalks.
Dill is perfect for flavoring soups, vegetables and poultry. Not only does it have a wonderful sweet taste, it also imparts great aroma to food. Plant Dill seeds in your garden close to other plants. Since the plant is susceptible to wind, the other plants will protect it.
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