Smoky Basil Coriander Pesto

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Smoky Basil Coriander Pesto is a very easy fun pesto to make. When short of a sauce or pesto, my way is to whip up a few healthy elements in a blender, adjust the salt and pepper to bring out the yummy factor. 

Basil is a green leafy herb that is aromatic and flavorful, with its origins in Africa and Asia. It has various uses, such as being used as medicine,  to flavor food, or to make teas. It is a highly potent herb with health benefits such as offering relief for bug bites and nausea. Basil is also a prevalent element in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for healing and preventive benefits and also helping the mind and body adapt to stressors from the environment without spiking an inflammatory reaction.

Coriander is another aromatic herb that is used to garnish a wide range of dishes. It is related to celery, carrots, and parsley. Coriander has been used for years to help lower blood sugar levels, improve heart health,  protect the brain, improve gut health, and fight infections. Coriander is also very rich in antioxidants.

This pesto is an out-of-the-box recipe with non of the traditional pesto ingredients, that is,  no olive oil, no nuts, no cheese, just different with some amazing natural substitute ingredients. Throw in a bit of this and that you have a smoky pesto.

A little bit of:

  • Basil
  •  Coriander
  •  Cumin seeds
  •  Coconut butter
  •  turmeric powder
  • of salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado and Smoked Paprika

Blend them all and what you get is smoky basil pesto. Super easy. Enjoy!

Smoky Pesto

Pesto Dadaji Fusion Recipes
Serves: 4-5
Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 0 min Total Time: 10 min

Nutritional Benefits: Avocados are very rich in healthy monounsaturated fats in addition to potassium, fiber, and antioxidants that provide health benefits such as lowering triglyceride levels, lowering blood sugar levels, improving digestive health, skin, hair, and nails, improving heart health, and helping manage diabetes. Cumin seeds contain potent plant compounds such as antioxidants with anti-cancer properties, help treat diarrhea, have anti-inflammatory benefits, fights pathogens, and help control blood sugar.


  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 cups coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Some salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp smoky Paprika and a little extra



Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth. Enjoy!


  • 68 Calories
  • 3.6g Carbohydrates
  • 6g Fat
  • 2.5g Fiber
  • 1.2g Protein
  • 2.5g Saturated fat
  • 38mg Sodium
  • 0.4g Sugar

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