Friday, February 20, 2009

Farfalle with cilantro pesto

Pesto is an aromatic paste made with fresh herb, nuts, garlic, olive oil and cheese. Italian home is filled with many flavor of pesto jar. Depending the region, they toss with pasta, spread in sandwich, mix in soup. Their traditional way of making pesto is always chopped by a sharp knife or mashed in mortar pestle. In a modern world, the commercialized pesto is prepared in blender, which is more time saver.
When it comes to herb flavor for me, either you like it or hate it. My favorite is Cilantro and very adaptable for my palate. I decided to recreate the cilantro pesto into vegan version just by omitting the cheese! I found the recipe here.


Cilantro pesto Farfalle





Cilantro pesto (vegan)

Ingredients:

Ciantro Leaves : 3 cups washed
Garlic cloves: 5
Olive oil: 1/4 cup
Walnuts: 1/2 cup
Jalapeno peppers: 2 num
Ice cold water: ¼ cup (but I omitted- as I used a dry grind mixer jar)
Salt: ¼ tsp

Method

Combine all the ingredients in the blender (use water if necessary to move the blade).

Store in airtight container but this recipe yields very less quantity.

For the pasta and pesto sauce

I cooked the bow-tie/farfalle pasta until tender, that is the way we eat it and mixed the pesto with little more cooked pasta water to just make a thin sauce.

Note: If you are using Basil pesto never cook it. The basil turns bitter taste!

Serving suggestion: Can be topped over seafood, spread in bread, bruschetta, etc...

I am sending to

My vegan cook Vaishali for her event It’ s Vegan World: Italian

Aquadaze is hosting Let’s go nuts with Walnut/Pecan


Have a great weekend!

52 comments:

Usha said...

I love the idea of cilantro pesto, cilantro is my fave herb and this looks incredible....bookmarked will surely try !

Madhu said...

I like Pestos, prefer cilantro over Parsley.
Plate full of farfalle looking so good and delicious.

soma said...

Yesterday i was wondering why we cannot call desi mint coriander chutney a pesto:-) today u made cilantro pesto. Awesome!

Varsha Vipins said...

Lovely green color Cham..:)

Pavani said...

Wow.. have heard but never tried cilantro pesto.. It might taste good in asian style dishes too. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cham said...

Soma u re absolutely right, I even wrote down chutney VS Pesto my title and in my post. And than thought would not be fair enough to compare this pesto with my thogayal! My Italian friends would n't happier!

Vaishali said...

How breathtakingly beautiful this is, Cham. I love that gorgeous color. Lovely dish, and so happy you're sending it in to IAVW: Italian.

Asha said...

I love this pasta with cilantro pesto, yummy!

Look at this post, Cham! I beat you to it last year! :D

http://aromahope.blogspot.com/2007/02/south-of-border-farfalle.html

veggie belly said...

i'll take cilantro in anything! I love the sound of this pesto! gorgeous!

Priya said...

Thats very creative, cilantro pesto looks lovely..prefect green colour farfalle:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is so cool cham. Pesto from the most staple ingredients in the pantry. Really wanted to give it a try. YUM!

Nithya Praveen said...

Wonderful one,liked the idea of cilantro.I prefer it over parsley.Awesome!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Love the cilantro pesto..And its healthy too without cheese..Good one :)

Sunshinemom said...

Cham lovely picture! Am sure this recipe is bookmarked by quite a few:) Will try this with pine nuts!

LG said...

farfalle and pesto looks nice Cham. Adding cilantro to pesto is indeed a great idea! yummy entry to the events

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. looks awesome. i love pesto better than marinara sauce..

vidhas said...

Pasta with Cilantro is new to me. Another healthy idea to make for my kids. Grab your award from my blog.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow look at that so so tempting that must be amazing with nice coriander aroma superb cham

Pearlsofeast said...

Cham I always love pestos but never tried with coriander and walnut seems to be a good combo, Thanks for a nice recipe.

Srivalli said...

thats so lovely cham...coriander does add lot of kick!

Preety said...

i saw the pesto recipe so many times on food network but never tried.but i think i will try this one as i have all the ingredients on my hand

Dershana said...

That farfalle looks so good covered in green! I too love cilantro in almost anything :-)

jayasree said...

Lovely click, cham. corinader along with nuts would have been a winnning combo.

sowmya said...

sounds so good..cilatro certainly imparts a different taste to the pasta..love the addition of nuts too..good one cham

aquadaze said...

love the use of cilantro cham! never tried it before, though i did toy with the idea several times. Thanks for the entry :)

Rachel said...

Cilantro is a fav. herb of mine and nothing better than this with pasta....

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow love the color...

A_and_N said...

So inventive, Cham!

Navita said...

Thts some pesto...so Indian...yet so international..love it.

Ann said...

Simply great...looks yummy and the color adds temptation..Farfalle looks perfect !!

Laavanya said...

I'm a huge fan of pestos and usually have some frozen :) This looks so tempting and delicious Cham.

karuna said...

i love pesto....this pasta looks yummy

Adlak's tiny world said...

awesome idea and pleasnt color cham.. very nice click.

homecooked said...

The pesto looks so green and refreshing! Yummy!

DEESHA said...

cilantro must have given such a nice flavour .. pasta looks tasty

Vibaas said...

love cilantro too. i am bookmarking this recipe. yum!

Sujatha said...

Wow! never knew the recipe for pesto.. and cilantro pesto sounds so good cham! and I love that "herby" green color! My daughter loves Pesto sauce on anything.. will try this soon.. :)

Uj said...

Hey nice entry.. looks simple and tasty too... cilantro pesto.. love cilatro in any form

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks pretty:) sounds awesome,I have to try this out sometime:)

Suma Rajesh said...

cilantro pesto looks tempting ans the pasta nearby is just awesome..i am drooling now..

veena said...

Never tried this ..Looks lovely ...

Sandeepa(Bong Mom's CookBook/DesiMomzClub) said...

Going Green :D

Malar Gandhi said...

Cilantro pesto...sounds aromatic and nice, to me!

Sophie said...

Cilantro pesto sounds so tasty! That's such a unique herb to use for pesto!

Archy said...

Looks so gud Cham, never tried making pesto at home, this is so simple an easy, shall try !! Great entry..

AnuSriram said...

Looks so attractive! Delicious recipe. Cilantro pesto sounds interesting. Thanks for the tip!

Uma said...

cilantro pesto looks gorgeous Cham! And that pasta is inviting me to finish it!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Lovely color! Looks super yum!

Vidhya said...

Looks perfect Cham.. I love this recipe.. I think I posted a comment two days back also. I think i forgot to hit the publish comment button

meeso said...

Awesome, that's my kind of pasta!

Madhumathi said...

Brilliant idea,Cham..Such a simple and healthy pasta recipe..Kandipa try panren..
Hey I have a award for you in my blog..pick it up :)

Aparna said...

There's something very comforting about pasta. The green pesto looks beautiful.