Basil Mania

I am going through a fried food and chocolate phase now. All I can think of is fritters and a yummilicious cup of chocolate. We were about to make the traditional jalapeno fritters ( mirchi bajji) and then I wanted to make something that fits into the event. So we googled about Basil fritters and realised they do exist!

We found a recipe here and so we adapted it to suit our palate.


10-12 basil leaves

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon corn starch


A pinch of pepper

Salt to taste

Oil for frying.


1.Wash , pat dry the basil leaves , drying them is very important

2. Mix the flour , salt and pepper with water, the consistency should not be too thick or runny , when you coat the leaf with this mixture , it should hold onto it.

3. Heat oil upto half inch in a pan on medium heat, these fritters burn fast , so it has to be medium heat. test by adding a dollop of the flour mixture and see if the bubbles are forming.

4. Once its hot , add the fritters only 2 at a time , the more you add , the more the possibility of having burnt fritters. Each will take just 2 minutes , as you have to turn fast.

5. Remove from heat , place on absorbent paper towels and serve with a chunky marinara sauce or your favourite dip. We noticed that even after frying , the basil taste was strong and overpowering .

Crisp fried Basil leaves are also a great option , we sometimes top our pasta made with a pesto with crisp fried basil leaves and it tastes yummy!


This goes to my event Herb Mania – Basil and also to dear DK’s event A.W.E.D – Italian.

Last date for entries for both the events it 15th August, so dearies , get your aprons out , wear your thinking cap and send out your entries fast!

14 Thoughts on “Basil Mania

  1. Oooh very decadant. Must be yummy too.

  2. Thats a neat idea! I sometimes fry betal leaves (paan ke patte) whenever I have some puja/function and lotsa leaftovers

  3. @ Padma , I saw your email.. will write to you soon!!

  4. They look absolutely gorgeous. I’ve got lots of basil coming up now in my yard so must try this out soon.

  5. Neat idea Dee. It looks very appetizing.

  6. Innovative snack..

  7. Looks yummy…

  8. if i was over i would be joining you on that fried food and chocolate spree! hugs!

  9. Hi, that looks great, and I crave for fried food and chocolate too!:D I have passed the Booky MeMe tag toyou.

  10. Sounds Nice recipe

  11. U actually telling me that something like ‘Basil fritters’ exist???????? Such creations make me feel that I have such a looooooo(add some more o for me ..will u)ong way to go in culinary adventure.

    I have some basil sitting in my fridge ( after making something for you ;-) ) and I am gng to try this for sure..Luv it Dee and thanks for sending it to AWED

  12. oh man, these are making me soooo hungry!!

  13. Got here from the AWED round-up….this fritter sounds so interesting.

  14. I love this idea… it must be crispy and flavorful..:)
    Waiting to try it soon!

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