Nothing quite like the tangy, zesty flavor of a homemade garlic pickle.
Growing up in Southeast Asia, It(we called it Achar was a condiment for our family meal that’s perfect for any occasion (especially in Bengali cuisine), whether you’re looking to add a bit of spice to your sandwich or serve up a flavorful appetizer to guests.
What’s great about garlic pickles is that they’re incredibly easy to make at home, and the result is a tasty snack that’s sure to please any pickle fan.
So, if you’re ready to take your love of pickles to the next level, then let me share with you my tried-and-true easy garlic pickles recipe that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.
P.s: Do you know garlic is called “The Stinking Rose”? Yup, that’s right!
Let’s Try Homemade Spicy Garlic pickle recipe
· Sesame Oil (3 tablespoons)
· Mustard seeds (1tablespoons)
· Cumin seeds (1tablespoons)
· Fenugreek seeds (¾ tablespoons)
· Asafoetida (½ teaspoon)
· Green Chilli (2-3)
· Curry leaves (3-4)
· Chilli powder (4 tablespoons)
· Garlic- Ginger paste
· White Vinegar (½ cup)
· Sugar (2 tablespoons)
· Salt (1 tablespoon)
1. At first take good quality garlic. It can be tiny or large whatever you prefer. Then peel them well and wash them nicely. After that lay them on a towel or a piece of cloth and just pat them dry completely so that the moisture in the garlic is taken care of.
2. Once that is achieved then light the flame, take a pan, and begin with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Then place 2 cups of the peeled garlic and pan fry them slightly just to make sure they are not row.
3. The essence and beauty of this recipe lie in this step and which is browning the garlic beautifully on a low flame till its wonderfully golden brown color appears on the outside. With this off goes the flame and transfer the kinds of garlic to a large bowl.
4. Place the same pan on the flame and add 3 tablespoons of sesame oil. Sesame oil in this recipe brings in a wonderful flavor. However, you can use seed oil, sunflower oil, or anything you want.
5. Then add 1 tablespoon of Mustard seeds, 1 tablespoon of Cumin seeds, ¾ tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds, ½ teaspoon of Asafoetida or Hing, 2-3 Green chilies, 3-4 curry leaves, and some Ginger-Garlic paste. A quick stir and immediately add 4 tablespoons of Red Chilli powder and mix all together. Do this on low flame because you don’t want to burn the ingredients.
6. Once the oil starts releasing from the slides of the pan, add ½ cup of regular white Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Sugar, 1 tablespoon of Salt. Stir this well then add the fried garlic and mix all.
7. Allow this to cook for 5-10 minutes. Stir this and ensure that all the remaining moisture just kind of evaporates and this is a pickle that will stay refrigerated for a good six months to a year.
8. With this our garlic pickle is ready and with this off goes the flame. Cool this completely and store this in a sterilized jar.
Ok, we have a jar of garlic pickles. But what are good uses for pickled garlic?
No doubt, pickled garlic is a versatile ingredient that can add flavor and interest to a wide range of dishes.
- Charcuterie boards (My Recent favorite): Pickled garlic could be a flavorful addition to charcuterie boards to give an extra punch. I pair it with cheese, crackers, and cured meats.
- Salads: It was my lifesaver on the keto diet. Chopped pickled garlic can add a burst of tangy flavor to boring green salads, pasta salads, or grain salads.
- Sandwiches and burgers: works just like dill pickle on sandwiches and burgers, you’ll be amazed how it brings a pungent and tangy kick.
- Toppings for pizza (quite unusual though): Sprinkled some diced pickled garlic over the top of the pizza before baking or added as a topping after it’s cooked.
- Garnish for soups: I learn this trick at a French countryside restaurant. A whole pickled garlic clove can be added as a garnish to soups for both flavor and an aesthetic look.
- Marinades and dressings: Pickled garlic can be used to add a tangy, savory flavor to marinades and salad dressings.
- Side dish with rice (pretty common in Bengali cuisine actually): Pickled garlic can be a simple yet flavorful side dish that pairs well with rice and other curry.
Why homemade garlic pickle when there are tons of store-bought options?
Well, good question.
And most straightforward answer is health concerns.
Ok, Let me explain…….
Commercial garlic pickles may contain added preservatives, sugar, or artificial colors and flavors.
And the result? Diminish their nutritional value.
That’s why to maximize the potential health benefits of garlic, it is recommended to make a fresh batch of homemade garlic pickles with natural ingredients and keep the sodium moderate.
Worried about longevity?
How long does pickled garlic last? If you keep it in the refrigerator, you can easily keep it up to 3-4 months.
But is garlic pickle good for health?
Garlic itself is packed with tons of good stuff.
Garlic is a rich source of antioxidants and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are so helpful to the immune system activity. Even they can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
So, Can we eat garlic pickles daily?
Yes, but in moderation. Keep in mind that pickles are typically high in sodium due to the pickling process. Not to mention, excess sodium intake can increase the risk of high blood pressure and other health issues.
Is drinking garlic pickle juice good for you? Let me show what the health benefits of pickled garlic(& juice)are.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Take Care of inflammation throughout the body.
- Reduce digestive problems such as bloating and gas
- Anti-cancer properties
- Boosts Immune System
But that doesn’t mean garlic pickle is magical for everyone. Here are some examples…
Is garlic pickle good for kidney?
No, Garlic pickle is not the best food choice for individuals with kidney problems. That’s because pickles are typically high in sodium. Too much sodium intake can worsen kidney function in people with kidney problems.
Now let’s talk about another common disease- Diabetics.
Is garlic pickle good for diabetes?
Pickled garlic often contains added sugars, which can cause blood sugar levels to spike. That’s why individuals with diabetes should not consume sugar to manage their blood sugar levels.
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