Pesto is a paste/ sauce, made usually with Basil, Pine nuts, Cheese and Olive Oil. Basil is now easily available here and if you're not growing it in your herb garden, you should start now!
Since pine nuts are not grown in India and are pretty expensive, I prefer to use something that is locally available and doesn't affect the taste at all. Actually, pesto can be made with any type of nut (cashews, walnuts, almonds, peanuts)
Here's what I used:
A handful of basil leaves
A handful of roasted peanuts
A teaspoon (may be less than one) of sea salt
A clove of garlic
A teaspoon or two of olive oil
A pinch of black pepper
Blend everything and it's done.
Serve it with some cooked plain pasta, or on top of toasted bread or as a dip for some raw veggies or in your salad dressing or in your tomato based pasta sauce or with some cooked rice. The possibilities are endless.
I just had it with some plain Penne. *Bliss