I love garlic! - Rachna cooks
I love garlic!

I love garlic!

Food is one of the passions in my life. And, today I wanted to write about garlic. I just love garlic in my food. I feel food misses on taste big time, if garlic is omitted. Garlic is there in almost all the Indian curries that I cook. Most of my vegetables and dals (lentils) are seasoned with garlic, asafoetida, cumin and sometimes fenugreek seeds. I love garlic in my mayo. Garlic is present in my rasam, my pasta, and pizza sauces, most of my Chinese recipes. It is there in my chicken dishes. Garlic has some great health benefits too, though that is not really my reason for loving it so much :). That is an added advantage. So, this is my little ode to garlic — Thank you for spicing up my life :).

 

I leave with the recipe of my favorite marinades:

For boneless chicken — ginger-garlic paste, salt, turmeric, black pepper and kashmiri red chilly for the enticing color, some oil.

 

For prawns — black pepper, salt, garlic and butter. Both turn out yummy on a hot, charcoal grill.

 

Garlic, ginger and chillies roughly chopped and spiked with lime juice and salt for a couple of hours, eaten raw is a great immunity booster and especially good in winters.

 

Hope you have a great time enjoying your garlic-enhanced food!

 

Pic Courtesy: Catherine Hadler

20 thoughts on “I love garlic!

  1. I am not a big fan of garlic. We have some dishes in which the seasoning is only of garlic, I make those now and then. But on festivals and all its entirely no onion, no garlic. can this recipe be vegetarianised, like paneer or potatoes?

  2. I am not a big fan of garlic. We have some dishes in which the seasoning is only of garlic, I make those now and then. But on festivals and all its entirely no onion, no garlic. can this recipe be vegetarianised, like paneer or potatoes?

  3. I too love garlic for its taste as well as health benefits. I add almost two whole pods of garlic in all my dishes that has garlic in them. I just love them.

  4. @Jon Ugh, I can’t eat raw garlic just like that. I can have raw garlic in chutney or something else where there are other flavors to tone down its strong taste. And, you are right, it does give bad breath. But, otherwise I love garlic :).@bbsearchingself Oh yes, this is tandoori marinade — goes well with paneer, mushrooms or even baby potatoes. So we differ in our culinary preferences, then :).@rama Ah, you are one for my liking :). Two pods, wow, your family must be saying healthy! Is that the secret of your youthful looks? ;-).

  5. //R. Ramesh said…garlic goes well with rasam…did u check?//Ohh yess, you said it and there is a simple curry with tomatoe, onion, tamarind and garlic, it goes well with rice:)

  6. @gayatri Yes didi, one gets used to not using an ingredient. Though, I feel that the flavor would really suffer.@Suffix Is that the recipe of tomato chutney? Sounds quite yummy!@BKChowla That’s good to hear!

  7. Yes i remember my Nani use to ask me to eat it raw, But because of the smell i never did or wud do a little bit.. it indeed is very helpfull and has a lot of medicinal value… I use a lot of garlic in my cooking … Bikram’s

  8. @Dr. Anthony Of course not. I don’t use it in all recipes either, and I am sure no one does. And too much of a good thing is bad as well. Moderation is the key.@Bikram Eating raw is difficult for me, and then no one would come near you with the stink :).

  9. I’m not a biiiiiiig fan of garlic like you, getting to the point to write a post about it. But my father no. No, no, no. He is a hug fan, possibly one that can compete with you, this I assure :PHe eats garlic in every way you can imagine, in good quantities, thus probably also for health reasons.Me? Well, I prefer garlic instead of onion. But if you can spare me both in my food, I will definitely love you a little more πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

  10. @David Without garlic and onion, how would I cook? How can you not like garlic? :)In my house, you will encounter garlic, though you might not necessarily realize that it is there in the dish because of the melange of flavors in the food I cook. πŸ™‚

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