Products ⇒ Tukmaria Seeds (Basil)

English Name Basil
Botanical Name Ocimum Basilicum
Common Name Sweet Basil, Sabja or Tukmaria Seeds
 
Description
 

These tiny black teardrop shaped seeds are from the sacred basil plant. They are known by various names"sbza, subza, takmaria, tukhamaria, falooda, seilash (Malay/Indonesian) or hột é (Vietnamese.) In India  they used in Muslim and Buddhist cuisine and as a medicinal herb. Basil seed also appears in the cuisine of Indonesia, Thailand, Iran and Afghanistan.  

The two varieties I have found from which the seeds are harvested for culinary use are Sacred Basil, ocimum sanctum and Hairy Basil, ocimum canum.

Usage

Culinary Use

  • Nutrition and Recipes
    One canned basil seed drink sold in the United States contains 96 calories, 21 g carbohydrates, 21 g sugars and 2 g of fiber. Because of the swollen seeds and their fiber, the drink may curb hunger.
  • Seeds provide concentrated nutrition and fiber.
  • In Asian countries, such as Thailand, basil seeds are made into a drink, and stores sell these drinks in cans. The intact seeds, combined with water, sugar, honey and sometimes coconut milk, create a thick drink with a consistency similar to tapioca.
 

Medicinal Use

  • Aids in digestion
    Basil seeds are commonly used to provide relief from stomach upset. Due to its carminative effects, it is effective for treating digestive disorders such as stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, irregular bowel movements and indigestion.
  • Treats colds
    Another benefit of basil seeds is that they also provide relief from influenza, fever and cold. Since it has antispasmodic effects, it can help treat whooping cough. In fact, tulsi is the main ingredient in many expectorants and cough syrups.
  • Cures respiratory disorders
    The herb is useful in the cure of respiratory disease, according to recent studies. A mixture of the herb, with ginger and honey is a remedy for asthma, cough, cold, influenza and bronchitis. Simply boil it in a glass of water and consume it.
  • Stress reliever
    Consumption of basil seeds has an uplifting effect on your mood and thus is beneficial for relieving mental fatigue, nervous tension, melancholy, depression and migraine. Due to its calming effect, it is commonly used for aromatherapy purposes, giving you clarity and mental strength.
  • Good for skin infections
    Basil seeds are crushed into oil to help in treating infections such as wounds, cuts, bladder infections, skin infections and so forth.