12 November, 2014
Lehsun(Garlic)ChutneyPosted in : Bachelor's Room, Chutneys, Tango Lounge on by : Isha K Tags: garlic, red chillies
Garlic is my favorite ingredient and I never forget to use it in my kitchen. Recently, I was watching Twist of Taste on Fox Life, Chef Vikas made garlic barfi and that day I came to know that this ingredient has many more uses than we think, It could be used in desserts also. From its health benefits to that pungent taste I love everything and this chutney is a real fire for your taste buds. This tangy and spicy flavored chutney could be combined with any recipe. Whether use as a spread for your bread and paneer pakodas or have it with your paranthas, bhakri(jwar roti), daal baati, daal chawal, khichdi or anything, it will surely do wonders. Rajasthani cuisine is incomplete without this garlic chutney and there are many ways to prepare it. This recipe is simple and a quick one which will increase your love for garlic more. 🙂 Others will surely get carried away with its aroma the day you will prepare it.
2. Red Chilli – 5 nos.
3. Oil – 2Tbspns
4. Turmeric – a pinch
5. Salt – to taste
6. Amchur/ Dry Mango Powder – 1.5 teaspoons
Lemon Juice – 1 lemon
1. Soak red chillies in water for half an hour.
2. Break the garlic pod and soak in the water for 15-20 mins. You can then easily peel the skin and get cloves without hurting your nails. 😉 It is a wonderful tip.
3. In a mortar and pestle, grind garlic and red chillies together. Add some salt, it will extract all the flavours plus it will make easy to grind. By using mortar and pestle you will get the authentic taste as it is still prepared in rural kitchens, but if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can coarsely grind it in a mixer or finely chop the garlic. Another tip here, before chopping the garlic, always crush it with your knife and then chop it. And if you do not have red chiles you can use red chilli powder or red chilli paste. I never confine myself to the given ingredients in the recipe, it is always good to try and have new experiences.
4. Heat oil in a pan, add turmeric powder, saute garlic and red chilli paste for 4-5 mins. Keep stirring to prevent it from burning.
5. Add the amchur powder or lemon juice and salt if needed. Mix it well. When the mixture leaves oil turn off the gas.
Serve with roti or steaming hot Khichdi.
Rajasthani cuisine is influenced by its war-like lifestyles and the availability of spices in the region. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on cooking. This hot garlic chutney is one of the recipes which is prepared and cherished daily in the Rajasthani kitchens. For preparing garlic chutney they use Jodhpuri Chillies for better colour and flavour known as Mathaniya’s red chillies. So, when you will visit Rajasthan next time, do not forget to buy them and add in your spice family.
Garlic was used at the beginning of recorded history and was found in Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples. Ancient medical texts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India each prescribed medical applications for garlic. Modern science is tending to confirm many of the beliefs of ancient cultures regarding garlic, defining mechanisms of action and exploring garlic’s potential for disease prevention and treatment.
Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulphur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss. Rub sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp, squeezing as you go for the most benefit. You can also infuse oil with garlic and massage it into your scalp. It also clears acne, it might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment. It also acts as an aid to treat psoriasis. Since garlic has proven anti-inflammatory properties, it could be useful in relieving uncomfortable psoriasis outbreaks. Try rubbing a little garlic oil on the affected area for smooth, rash-free skin.
With its anti-fungal properties, garlic could be a good way to get rid of the itchy athlete’s foot. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water and crushed garlic.
It also prevents and treat cold. Packed with antioxidants, your immune system could benefit if you give it a constant boost of powerful garlic in daily recipes. If a cold does sneak by, try sipping garlic tea, steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. You can add a bit of honey or ginger to improve the taste. Garlic could help you control your weight and reduce cholesterol. Take 2 cloves of garlic daily empty stomach and you will feel the difference. Try to cook with garlic daily for tasty and waist-friendly meals.
Garlic is not only good for your health and skin, but it also protects your garden. Garden pests don’t like garlic, so make a natural pesticide using garlic, mineral oil, water, and liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle and mist your plants to keep away destructive critters.
So use this multi-purpose ingredient in your kitchen daily and love it for its indispensable uses. For now, try this chutney. 🙂