Garlic - food
Garlic is one of the most frequently used plants in many parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and there are many different ways of using garlic. It is used not only to flavour curries but can be used for drinks and savoury deserts. To add a mild flavour to food the fresh cloves are cooked whole. If a stronger flavour is required, garlic cloves are crushed or ground and added to the dish. Garlic should not be cooked for too long as it can become bitter. Often garlic heads with small cloves are stronger than larger ones.
|Image: Sliced, fried garlic used to be exported to Burma where it was eaten with pickled tea.|
An oil is processed from garlic which is used commercially as a flavouring. It it can be added to flavour otherwise bland vegetable oils.
There are many different varieties of garlic on the market. The diversity in size and flavour is apparent in South Asian markets.