Tusli/Tulasi/Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)


Tulsi, also called Holy Basil, is one of the most sacred plants in India and is considered “The Queen of the Herbs” for its restorative and spiritual properties. Besides this, it tastes darn delicious, containing clove-like, aromatic flavours.


These are the tulsi flowers, intended for tea. Use either fresh (stored in the fridge), or dried in a cool, dry place for longer storage.

In the Kitchen

Tulsi Tea:

  • 1 sprig basil

  • 5 drops honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon green cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

  • 1 dash lemon juice

  • 3 cup water

Take a large pot and put it up on high flame. Add three cups of water in it.

Now, add shredded basil leaves, chopped ginger, cardamom powder and let them boil for 10 minutes.

Turn off heat, strain and serve with a dash of honey and lemon juice.

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