Sweet Fried Basil Leaves


1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar plus extra for garnish
Pinch of cardamom
2 egg whites
Handful of large basil leaves


Heat oil in a medium fry pan on medium high heat.Mix the flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar and pinch of cardamom in a medium mixing bowl until combined very well. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl. Dip the basil leaves one sprig at a time in the egg white and then the flour making sure the egg white and the flour get all over the leaves. Then, drop them into the hot oil. Cook the leaves flipping them often until golden brown. Place on paper towels to catch oil and sprinkle with sugar.Serve over fruit tarts, ice cream or a top a cake.