It's 6 days since I have started this blog and I'm slowly learning the blogging do's and dont's. Even though my original intent for this blog was to create an online diary of eggless baking recipes, I also want to share some of my family favorites now and then. That in mind and with my mother in law visiting us I wanted to record her recipe for a very easy and tasty garlic pickle, before she leaves for India in April. So I was pleasantly surprised to know that this month's JFI was Garlic. So this has given me a nudge to do it immediately without procrastinating. Thanks Mathy.
But first a short story about the origin of garlic. I read it in a book by an Ayurveda Doctor. I wanted to share it with everybody beacause it was very interesting. Devas and Asuras churned the paarkadal (the Mighty and Heavenly Ocean) to derive Amirtham (Celestial Nectar). Lord Vishnu gave the Nectar to the Devas. But 2 of the Asuras, Rahu and Ketu disguised themselves as Devas and consumed the nectar along with the other Devas. Lord Vishnu came to know about this only after they consumed the nectar, so he used his Chakrayudh and cut off their heads. While doing so, their blood mixed with the nectar, dropped from the Asuras' bodies to the ground and 2 plants sprouted off that. The plant that sprouted from Rahu's blood was Garlic and the one that sprouted from Ketu's blood was Onion. Hence both garlic and onion are considered to have both good and bad qualities, actually 50:50.
Some of the precautions to be taken while cooking with Garlic:
1. It should not be consumed daily. Weekly twice is okay.
2. It should be consumed along with ghee to offset the heat garlic generates.
3. Its consumption should be limited during summer.
4. Women should not consume it during their menstrual cycle and when pregnant.
Some of the medicinal qualities of Garlic:
1. It's good for heart disease.
2. It helps hair growth.
3. In children it increases memory power and sharpens eyesight.
4. It aids in digestion.
5. Women after giving birth can eat garlic regularly by frying it in ghee to get back their pre-pregnant stomach.
The information provided above is from a book I read and its not my finding.
|Tamarind Paste||½ tbspn|
|Turmeric powder||A pinch|
1. Take 1 cup of garlic cloves. If the cloves are very big give them a smack using a chef’s knife or rolling pin. If the cloves are very small you can just leave it as they are.
2. In a small frying pan add the garlic cloves, tamarind paste, water, turmeric powder and a pinch of salt.
3. Cook it on medium heat until the cloves are well cooked but not very mushy. It took exactly 20 min on my electric range.
4. Now drain the remaining water and transfer the garlic to another small bowl, so you can use the same frying pan for tempering after wiping it dry.
|Sesame Oil||3.5 tbspn|
|Red Chilly Powder||1 tbspn|
|Mustard Seeds||½ tspn|
|Fenugreek Powder||¼ tspn|
5. Add 1.5 tbspn of sesame oil and temper mustard seeds.
6. Immediately add the fenugreek powder, hing, chilly powder and the cooked garlic cloves and fry for a minute.
7. Reduce the flame and add 2 tspns of salt and the remaining 2 tbspn of sesame oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
8. Turn off the heat and transfer it to a dry container.
1. I have given the measurements for salt and chilly powder according to our taste. So you may want to change it to suit your palate.
2. For fenugreek powder, dry roast fenugreek and powder it.
3. Try this recipe just to experience the aroma that comes after adding the chilly powder and other powders. It's very very appetizing.