Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste Recipe
Ginger-Garlic paste is used regular in Indian cooking, most of the curry calls for ginger-garlic paste and ofcourse we all love this one don't we? So did you ever wonder how to make ginger-garlic paste at home? Nothing beats fresh home made ginger-garlic paste. I never really liked store ginger-garlic paste; not only they look dull but after a while it smell weird and perhaps taste too, I always prefer to make my own paste or I freshly mince ginger-garlic, a habit which I am hooked too but then to cut short the mincing time I prepare paste and keep in fridge to make it handy on weekdays.
Most of you may already know how to make ginger-garlic paste at home as there is no rocket science involve in this but for those few people whom still prefer to buy it this recipe is for you, try at home and then you will never look back. I learnt this from my sister she used to make this in large batch over weekend and add turmeric powder+oil. I follow same, turmeric powder & oil helps to keep paste fresh for longer time ie it's works as preservatives and doesn't get the paste color change after a while.
Though making ginger-garlic paste at home is easy, the only difficult or time consuming task is to peel garlic and if you happen to have Indian garlic which has small pods then it's more painful. But here what I do, I normally do the peeling while watching TV, and it helps me in doing it with my own pace without realizing that I am doing any work, just be a little mindful of knife you are using in case to peel it. For other useful tips on how to peel garlic read below.
Ingredients for Ginger Garlic PasteChopped Ginger - 1 Cup
Garlic Cloves - 1 Cup
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
1. Rinse and peel ginger, chop in pieces.
~ You can use knife or peeler to do this job.
2. Peel garlic and chop if desire. [ Check below for tips to peel garlic]
3. Grind together ginger, garlic, turmeric powder and oil into smooth paste, check with a spoon if any garlic or ginger pieces left, if yes, give a run again.
4. Use clean, dry spoon and store in clean, dry glass bottle or box and refrigerate.
Shelf Life ~3-4 Weeks
Shelf life of this ginger-garlic paste can be 3 to 4 weeks or little more but I don't like to use it for long time so I always make this to last me for a month or less, which is the quantity I mention above. Always use a clean, dry spoon to take out paste.
~ Always use clean dry spoon, if not paste may change color and get spoil soon.
~ Keep the paste in fridge always, don't let the paste sit on your kitchen worktop.
~ 1:1 ratio works best for ginger-garlic paste so try to keep the same.
Tips To Peel Garlic ~
These are tried and tested tips to peel garlic, during festive in my in-law's place we do ginger-garlic paste in large quantity and peel more than 1-2 kgs of garlic at one shot.
1. Soak garlic cloves in water for 30 minutes, garlic will get peeled easily. Pat dry well peeled garlic before using.
2. In a large plate take enough wheat flour that can cover garlic cloves and rub between palm for 3-4 minutes, lot of garlic will get peeled and other you can peel off easily. Clean peeled garlic in kitchen towel to remove excess flour.
~ This is my MIL method but I don't do this cause it involve to apply pressure while rubbing garlic & flour plus the garlic ends are little hurtful while rubbing.
3. Take a garlic clove and press it's head (top part) or tail (bottom part) on a flat surface or floor, little skin will out you can easily peel of garlic now.
~ It's one of the most easy method, only thing is some time the garlic pod will break if applied too much of pressure.
4. Start peeling garlic clove head with a small knife.
~ It's again the easy method which normally I follow.
Hope you find the post and the tips useful. Have a nice day ~~