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Simple Home-Cooked Garlic Chicken

By Tahira

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I love garlic. I love Chicken. So, this time I thought why not make a delectable delicacy out of the two.

A friend of mine had just shifted base to NCR after spending a decade in the Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore). Somewhat morose and trying to adjust to the idiosyncrasies of the Jat Land (Gurgaon), Amrita would often call me up. So, one fine day I just dropped in at her place impromptu to give her a surprise.

Well, indeed she was. We both ended up chatting for long when suddenly she came up with the idea, “ lets concoct up something in my kitchen.” So instead of placing an order for lunch, we immediately donned the chef’s hat. Amrita’s kitchen had almost everything. So, we dint have to worry much to make Garlic Chicken along with soy bean rice.

I must say that we enjoyed the sumptuous lunch of Garlic Chicken and Soybean Rice accompanied by some red wine. Yes, though the latter part may sound a little westernized for Indian homes, nonetheless, since we both are gourmets, it goes without saying that the wine goblets exuded the essence of the entire activity – the grand lunch that we had. Here’s the recipe.

garlic 1Ingredients

  • ŸChicken 500 grams
  • ŸGarlic  15-17 cloves
  • ŸGinger  grated, 1 tea spoon
  • ŸGreen Chillies 2-3 (you can add more if you want)
  • ŸJulienned Onion 1 large
  • ŸYogurt ¼ cup
  • ŸLemon Juice 1 teaspoon
  • ŸWhole cloves 6-8
  • ŸWhole Cardamoms 5-7
  • ŸPinch of turmeric (optional)
  • ŸOlive Oil 3 tablespoons
  • ŸSalt to Taste

Method

Make a paste with ginger, 10 cloves of garlic, lemon juice, yogurt and a pinch of salt. Marinate the chicken in this paste for at least four hours. Now take a heavy-bottomed pan and heat olive oil in it. Keep the flame low. Smash the remaining garlic pods and throw in the oil along with cloves and cardamoms. Sauté for a few minutes. Believe me the aroma released from the spices were absolutely to die for.

Now add the onions and fry till they become translucent. Add the marinated chicken along with cloves and cardamoms and turmeric. Sprinkle some salt according to your taste. Add a little water and cover with a lid. Cook slowly on a low flame while stirring constantly for around 20 minutes. Remove from stove, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

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Goodness of Garlic

By Tahira

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of garlic? A strong pungent smell? Or an ingredient rather a condiment that enhances the taste of cooked food?

Well, whatever it may be, but this small pod has several health benefits. A member of the onion family, garlic has a 7000 years of use in human history that originated in Central Asia. Garlic has several health benefits. Read on to know more.

Antiviral and Antibacterial Benefits

Antiviral and antibacterial aspects are the most important benefits of garlic. Consumption of garlic help in reducing bacterial and fungal infections. Fresh garlic helps preventing food poisoning as well.

Fighting Certain Skin Infections

Though not much prevalent, but certain chemicals found in garlic such as ajoene are known to fight skin infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm.

Help Reduce Blood Pressure

Storehouse of powerful chemicals and proteins, garlic helps in reducing blood pressure. Protein named Angiotensin II, contracts blood vessels, thereby increasing blood pressure. Alicin, a chemical present in garlic, blocks the harmful activities of angiogenesis and helps in reducing blood pressure.

Fight Cardiovascular Diseases

Garlic is known to fight cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks as well. Garlic is an enemy of cholesterol and it thus help in reducing the aortic plaque deposits that gather around the veins of the body. Studies have found that garlic can actually work wonders for battling heart diseases.

Source of Vitamin B6

A strong source of Vitamin B6, garlic helps in boosting immunity system of our bodies with the growth of new cells. It also wards off cold and cough.

Fights Scurvy and Hyperthyroid Conditions

Presence of Vitamin C in garlic helps fighting scurvy and high levels of iodine is an effective killer of problems related to hyperthyroidism.

Prevention of Cancer

Regular intake of garlic is known to reduce risks of developing certain types of cancer. Chemicals like allyl sulphides found in garlic are known to reduce risk of cancer developments.

An Aphrodisiac

Enough of medicinal properties! Garlic also has the power to boost your pleasure principles and many cultures are known to treat impotency with the help of garlic. So think twice you before you visit your doctor the potential prescription of Viagra!

On a last note, always remember that anything in excess is not good. So do consume garlic for your well being after being fully aware of its benefits as well as disadvantages.

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