Cooking, these days has become a whole lot easier and less time consuming than it was. During lockdown hundreds and thousands of businesses, small and big, have sprung up, as have the online delivery apps.
Peeling and grating and chopping are now taken care of by someone else and delivered to your doorstep, courtesy the apps. Peeled garlic cloves, fresh grated coconut, chopped vegetables can get you up and running in absolutely no time.
Garlic is a star ingredient in many of my dishes, specially nonveg. And I use a substantial amounts of it. The thing I love about garlic is the incredible aroma when tossed in heated oil.
Few days ago, I ended up ordering more than I wanted to use. Thus a lot of spare cloves sat in my refrigerator. I didn’t have the heart to trash them. These dewdrop-like cloves have sooo many benefits after all:
1. Loaded with antioxidants, they’re a perfect antidote to cough and cold,
2. Reduce cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots in vessels, thereby promoting heart health,
3. Anti-inflammatory properties effective against dementia and Alzheimer’s. Therefore a friend of the brain,
4. Kill bad bacteria in the gut and aide digestion. Thus, an on-the-shelf solution for stomach issues,
5. Balance blood sugar
6. Blessing for beauty. Prevent acne, lighten the scars, protect against UV rays and therefore prevent ageing. Also promote hair growth and reduce hair loss.
7. Reduce the onset of Osteoarthritis and aiding stronger bones.
Apart from these, consumption of garlic also reduces toxicity in the blood, prevents cancer, helps in high blood pressure and many more.
Coming back to my spare cloves, this is what I did:
1. I preheated the oven to 250.
2. In an aluminum foil, I tossed the cloves, drizzled a bit of olive oil (any cooking oil will do)
3. Sprinkled a pinch of salt and crushed black pepper.
4. Roughly made a parcel and left it in the oven for 35 mins.
What you get is this sweet, delicate flesh than can be enjoyed as snack or crushed and added to butter.
Mix it all up thoroughly and refrigerate. This butter can then be slathered on bread as garlic butter whenever you wish.
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