There are several ingredients that are irreplaceable in an Indian kitchen; and one of the most common ingredients is garlic. Other than its rich taste and aroma, garlic is touted as one of the most efficient foods to treat health issues and provide benefits like detoxification and weight loss. Garlic, as per the 'Healing Foods' book by DK Publishers, is universally recognised for promoting health benefits; "aiding the circulatory and digestive systems, boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and fighting heart disease". Other than these, garlic is low in calorie and fat content, which helps in shedding those extra kilos. As per experts, garlic is also packed with vitamins, minerals, antiviral and antibacterial compounds. This immunes our body and helps to fight several seasonal infections, including the common cough and cold.
How To Include Garlic In Your Daily Diet:
Garlic is one of the most important ingredients in any Indian cuisine. It helps to enhance the rich flavour of the dishes cooked in our kitchens. Other than its usage as a spice, garlic can also be consumed as-
1. Consumption of one clove of raw garlic every morning with a glass of lukewarm water helps to boost metabolism.
2. Raw garlic also helps in burning fat. Chop it and mix with honey and eat a teaspoon every day.
3. Burnt garlic can also work well to garnish salad.
4. Make detox water with crushed garlic, lemon juice and honey, mixed well in lukewarm water.
Other than these, here's another lip-smacking way to include garlic in your diet:
Lahsun Bharta Recipe:
Garlic cloves: one cup
Onion: half cup (finely sliced)
Kalonji (nigella seeds)- two teaspoons
Green chilli- one to two (use more if you want)
Oil (preferably mustard oil)- two tablespoons
Salt- to taste
Black salt- to taste
Peal the skin of the garlic cloves, clean them and keep aside.
Heat a kadhai and add a tablespoon of oil in it.
Put the garlic and fry them until they turn light brown in colour. Take it in a mixing bowl.
Mash the garlic with hand.
Put the rest of the oil in the same kadhai and heat it well.
Add kalonji, onions, chillies and salt, and fry them till the onions are well caramelised.
Now put the mixture in the same mixing bowl.
Now mix all the ingredients well with black salt.
Enjoy the bharta with hot chapattis or parathas or as an accompaniment with the very comforting dal-chawal.
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