I was told that the word Pesto may be derived from Latin words, either pistus which means “crushed” or pastare which means mortar-pounded. My Italian girlfriend could not specifically tell me which held more weight.
Nevertheless, when I found that my Curry Leaf plants (Murraya Koenigii) simply grew amok (they must have loved Hurricane Matthew) … I decided it was time for another coppicing session, a severe one too.
I also decided, with so much Curry Leaves going to be available after the cutting and snipping, to try making Curry Leaf Pesto, out of curiousity . These days with global fusion cuisine there’s no reason why Pesto has to be Italian in taste and aroma, and only be used on pasta, right?
With the kind contribution of a Facebook friend, I got a link to a recipe from ‘The Star’ that did not look too complicated. So a portion of the tallest branch was trimmed and the leaves washed & dried.
And the outcome… ?
I think this will go very well with brown rice and on toast and am going to put it to good use for tomorrow’s lunch.