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. Padma says:

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

  2. DK says:

    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

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