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FRESH Dill leaves
FRESH Dill leaves

Liven up your meal with dill sauce

Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning. Dill's green leaves are wispy and fernlike, and have a soft, sweet taste.

Dried dill seeds are light brown in colour and oval in shape, featuring a flat side and a convex, ridged side.

Whenever possible, choose fresh dill weed over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in its delicate, fragrant flavour. The leaves of fresh dill should look feathery and green in colour. Dill leaves that are a little wilted are still acceptable since they usually droop quickly after being picked.

Fresh dill should always be stored in the refrigerator either wrapped in a damp paper towel or with its stems placed in a container of water. Since it is fragile, even if stored properly, dill will only keep fresh for about two days. Dill can be frozen, either whole or chopped, in airtight containers.

Dill seed is a good source of calcium, manganese and iron.

Now, for a recipe.

Creamy Dill Sauce

Ingredients

Cream: 50ml

Dried dill: half tsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Butter: 1 tbsp

Method: Combine all the ingredients in a pan. Cook at high temperature for a minute or until the sauce comes to a boil. Pour hot sauce over desired vegetables or seafood.

Note: The sauce can be used with seafood such as salmon and vegetables such as broccoli, potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts.

BHOLANATH JHA

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