There are two or three ingredients that get wonderfully assimilated in the kitchens and palates of regions around the world and garlic is one of them. One of the most widely used flavour-enhancers by various global cuisines, garlic is essentially an underground root bulb, similar to onions, leeks and shallots. Did you know that it is also one of the oldest cultivated plants by humans? This is probably another reason for garlic's widespread appeal and its indispensable nature, when it comes to cooking a wide variety of dishes. One can recognise the smell of garlic from quite a distance, due to its uniquely pungent aroma that is quite strong. But not everyone loves this versatile underground vegetable. Some people may crinkle their noses if their dishes turn out to be too 'garlicky'.
But if you are anything like us, you could probably vouch for the delicious transformation that even a little bit of garlic can bring about in a dish. Although not everyone may find the taste and flavour of garlic desirable and tasty, it sure comes with a whole range of health benefits as well. This is why a number of ancient medicinal systems revere garlic and include it in a number of home remedies for big and small ailments. Strictly from a cooking point of view though, garlic has been a highly-valued commodity that is used in both fresh and dried forms in kitchens around the world.
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Garlic recipes: Garlic is indispensable to a whole range of dishes
Best Garlic Recipes
There are a number of classic garlic dishes that the world has come to love and if you're someone who loves the smell and taste of garlic then you'll love what we have in store for you- eight of our best, most-loved garlic recipes to try!
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From fried rice to garlic bread, our recipes make the best of garlic's delicious pungency, making this unassuming ingredient shine on:
One of the most dependable weekend indulgence, this egg and garlic fried rice is both comforting and delicious. Make this for friends for a weekend get-together and enjoy with a side of sautéed vegetables and meat or a generous helping of the spicy Sichuan sauce.
This dish is so delicious, you won't believe how incredibly easy it is to make! All you need to do is marinate your de-shelled prawns in a garlic marinade and then cook them in sesame oil, till they're well done.
A delicious Main, this soya garlic chicken is sure to satiate your cravings for some Indian-style Chinese food. A relatively simple recipe, this one will fit in well at a sumptuous family dinner as well as a quiet weekend meal for two.
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Garlic recipes: Soya garlic chicken
You may want to reserve this one for a slightly fancier occasion. You can fool your guests into thinking you are a pro-chef by making this simple, yet delicious red meat dish that is sure to leave anyone impressed.
This recipe is for the time you have to prepare for a game night at your house. All you need to do is prepare a simple garlic-flavoured batter for your wings, marinate them in the batter and then deep-fry and serve fresh off the wok!
Another beloved protein that garlic can be best buds with is fish. This recipe is cooked with boneless basa that is marinated in a yummy marinade of tahini, garlic, chili, etc., and then grilled till the fish is cooked through.
A delicious vegetarian Main, mushrooms in hot garlic sauce makes for a great curry for when you need a break from the regular lentil curries. It's easy to prepare and tastes great with both rice and flatbreads.
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Arguably one of the best all-occasion appetisers, garlic bread is loved by almost everyone. The delicious crisp bread, topped with baked cheese and crushed garlic cloves is irresistible.
Which of these garlic recipes are you going to try soon? Let us know in the comments section below!