If you are in India, ask for Falooda in any of the North Indian restaurants. You will find these jelly-like seeds inside Falooda. These seeds are basically soaked seeds of Sweet Basil, and more commonly known as Tukmaria seeds. In India, people know it by sabja seeds or Falooda seeds. Sweet Basil is different from Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) or Tulsi, and is often referred as Thai basil or hairy basil.
In Asia, Basil seeds are often used in making desserts for their jelly like mucilaginous quality. Falooda is favorite drink in Asia and Middle East which contains soaked sweet basil seeds.
Sweet Basil is now an ornamental plant in United States. It is characteristic by purple stem and flowers and rich aroma. Siam Queen is popular variety of Thai Basil commonly used in kitchen.
It has peppery zing with mild sweetness, which doesn’t diminish even after cooking.
Sweet Basil seeds when soaked in water, quickly forms jelly like structure over seed. These soaked seeds are added to various desserts and drinks.
These seeds are also added to jelly, agar agar, lemonades, juices, iced tea, cold milk and other bakery items. Polysacchrides or Gums in the tukmaria seeds are very much comparable to food hydrocolloids and finds its use as additives in food processing industry.
Nutritional Value of Basil seeds:
Just like other seeds, Basil seeds are concentrated nutrition and ingredients required for seeds to germinate. They are packed with carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and other minerals.
It is high in Vitamin K and one or teaspoons of Tukmaria seeds are sufficient for providing daily requirement of vitamin K. Similarly 50 grams of Basil seeds suffices daily requirement of calcium, magnesium and iron. Tukmaria seeds are also high on Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and Zinc.
Health Benefits of Basil seeds:
Essential from Basil seeds have shown anti-inflammatory property. Basil Seed oil is useful in reducing inflammation in arthritis and relive joint pains. Basil seed oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids mainly alpha- linolenic acid which is biologically very active and acts in relieving stress and modulate immune functions in body.
Basil seeds tonic is good for Health:
Basil seeds contains ample amount of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese and aids in health metabolism. These minerals promote health of cardio vascular system, blood circulatory system and digestive system. Basil seeds are also good way to enjoy health benefits of Vitamin K and useful in bone growth, cardiac health.
Basil seeds contain about 50% of its weight as carbohydrate mainly in form of dietary fibers. It helps in proper bowel movements, promotes health of digestive tract, aids in removal of waste, heavy metals and toxins from body. Traditional Iranian medicine used Basil seeds to treat Irritable Bowel.
Basil seeds also offer carminative effects and are helpful in treating stomach spasms, constipation, flatulence and indigestion. Basil seeds have mild laxative effect. They can be consumed for relief in case of regular constipation and piles, which generally results in chronic constipation.
Basil seeds on Genito-Urinary tract infections:
The seeds of Basil can be effective in treatment of bladder infection and gonorrhea. Teaspoon of basil seeds mixed with glass of water and some honey or jaggery is home remedy for treatment of such diseases.
Basil seeds contain high amount of digestive fibers which help in prevention of absorption of cholesterol in intestine
Basil seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids which is required for brain growth. It is crucial nutrient for memory and brain performance.
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Weight Loss and Basil Seeds:
Basil Seed Drink is promoted as supplement for weight loss. Basil seeds, with its dietary fibers, keep stomach hydrated and provide feeling of filled stomach and reduce carvings. While fibers also delays
carbohydrate metabolism. Just like Chia seed gel, Basil seed gel can be used to replace butter. Basil seeds are also low on calories and supply adequate amino acids.
Treatment of Diabetes:
Basil Seeds slows down carbohydrate metabolism and absorption of carbohydrate in intestine. Thus it can regulate blood sugar. Though not much evidence is available for this.
Helpful in skin infections:
Basil seeds crushed in coconut oil is often used in treating wounds ,cuts and other skin infections. This can be attributed to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial property of Basil seeds.
Side effects of Basil seeds:
Swollen seeds of basil can cause choking risk to children. Hence consumption should be in presence of adult and thick clumps should be avoided.