At my place in Ernakulam,Garlic was[still is] never used in cooking.I remember when we were small and fell ill[stomach-related],garlic pods were mashed lightly,mixed in ghee,packed in a small piece of muslin cloth and kept inside our belly button,which miraculously cured the never ending stomach aches.So for a long time,I believed that Garlic was a medicine and not edible:).
I started cooking with garlic as hubby is quite fond of it.He wouldn’t mind if I made a garlic stir fry too I guess.For curries which require a garlic garnish,I keep aside some for me and then follow the recipe.Though I don’t mind the hidden taste in many of the curries,putting a whole garlic and using it for seasoning etc is not my cup of tea.I find the strong smell quite pungent.
Whenever I made the karibeva chutney,hubby demanded I make the garlic version of it.I was apprehensive because peeling whole lot of garlic and smelling of garlic for the rest of the day is quite ..hmm..you know.But he’s been asking it for so long that I gave in[to make garlic chutney,that is:)]It was a trouble alright,peeling 3 pods of garlic,but well worth the effort when he claimed it as “the best”.
Loshney Pitti Chutney ~ Garlic Dry Chutney
Dry copra – 1,grated
Dessicated Coconut – 1 packet[200 gms]
Garlic pods – 3 medium,peeled
Red chillies – 15
Tamarind – a small lump
Salt to taste
Ghee – 1 tbsp
In a thick bottomed kadai,add ghee and roast garlic in a slow flame till it becomes golden in colour.
Add the grated copra/dessicated coconut and red chillies.
Roast it on a low flame till it evenly browns-keep stirring to avoid burning.*
Add tamarind and salt to taste and mix well.
Powder in a mixer—Do not run the mixer for long or else the oil will ooze out(which will not affect the taste in any way)
Let it cool and then store in an air-tight container.
Tastes great with rice and dal.
*If you find the mix turning brown too fast,transfer the entire contents into a MW safe bowl and MW on high power for 2-3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds.
Also to eh..umm Click-Bi-Colour.Does this one qualify..:)??