There’s a bottle of ginger-garlic paste lurking in every Indian home-cook’s kitchen. Many Indian recipes start with a basic process of roasting onion, garlic and ginger, along with whole spices in hot oil.
While convenience remains a convincing reason to have our versatile ginger-garlic paste on hand, it’s difficult to ignore the sheer health impact of this aromatic blend. The medicinal and therapeutic properties have made the herbs two of nature’s most powerful healers. Imagine the goodness of using both together in your food.
Let's take a look at the benefits of consuming ginger garlic paste.
Prevents cold and flu: Ginger-garlic paste can help boosts your immune system and also helps your body fight diseases and infections like the flu.
Improves digestion: It has anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce diarrhoea, gastric ulcer, and stomach ache. The health benefits of ginger helps prevent constipation, belching and bloating.
Treats inflammation and pain: Both garlic and ginger are great for treating inflammation and pain. Ginger contains the potent anti-inflammatory agent gingerol, which helps relieve muscular discomfort and the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Several compounds in garlic have also been associated with anti-inflammatory activity in the circulatory system.
Prevents heart disease: Thanks to the health benefits of ginger, it reduces the buildup of plaque on the artery walls, thus helping lower cholesterol. The polysulphides in garlic promote the widening of blood vessels, which reduces the blood pressure. Garlic can work as a blood thinner making it effective in preventing heart attack and stroke.
Helps reduce chances of infections: Ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and hence help prevent infections. Garlic can also help fight infectious diseases.
Knowing these health benefits of ginger and garlic, keeping your own homemade version of the paste handy, is perhaps a great idea.
Preparing ginger-garlic paste: Ginger-garlic paste is pretty simple to put together. You can make a preservative-free ginger-garlic paste at home that will last you for several weeks altogether. Follow the recipe below and you’ll never have to buy a pre-bottled paste ever again.
1. Take equal parts of fresh Ginger and Garlic.
2. Peel and cut them into small pieces.
3. Blend them together into a smooth paste, with one tablespoon of oil and one teaspoon of salt.
4. Take scoops of the paste and cover them tightly with cling paper in a ball shape, one by one. Put them all in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
5. When the paste binds into firm balls, remove the cling paper and transfer all the individual balls into a zip lock bag. Leave one end of the zip open.
6. Insert a straw through the open end and blow out excessive air from the zip lock bag and immediately take out straw and zip it close.
7. Store the zip lock bag in the freezer for it to last longer and use as required.
Take advantage of these amazing health benefits of ginger and garlic every day by keeping this immunity booster in your fridge, every day.
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