Can you recall the days of your childhood when you would come back home after a long day to a full house, a bustling kitchen and a dining table full of your favourite treats? The smell of the rich cuisine amalgamated with the strong scent of the side dishes- rings of chopped onion, vibrant and spicy green chutney, and the unforgettable aroma of My Mami’s Garlic Pickle.
Now, all we come home to after a hard day is a stale takeaway and cold drinks taking up all the space in the refrigerator. Maybe that is why the concept of ‘comfort food’ instantly grabs our attention. While the thought of replicating our mother’s and grandmother’s intricate recipes seems like a time-consuming, impossible task, there are still ways we can get a taste of home. And now thanks to the hard-working and skilled chefs at MOLO, it doesn’t get simpler than this!
There is a reason why we all crave ghar ka khaana amidst the overwhelming availability of food from restaurants and pubs. What is it that makes home-cooked meals so special? It is the way in which it is made: with patience, love, and the best of ingredients. As we carefully curate and hand-pick all our ingredients, we understand the level of finesse and expertise it takes to bring to life our heirloom recipes. Once we got Ma’s approval and mastered the balance of all elements: the unique earthiness of garlic along with rich spices and acidic vinegar, we made it our mission to deliver these little jars of home-cooked achaar to every Indian who is homesick, at any time of the year.
Why is Garlic pickle a staple in Indian household?
Well, it’s delicious! Garlic is used in all forms in our cuisine from flatbreads to curries, so much so that food tastes weird and bland when there’s none in it. Lahsun ka Achaar has been used in Indian kitchens since time immemorial, not just for its flavour-enhancing abilities but also for its health benefits. Here are some of the reasons why it is a great way to balance your diet:
Improves cardiovascular health
Garlic pickle has a lot of cardiovascular benefits since it is believed to reduce cholesterol and improve blood circulation
Rich source of iron
It is a rich source of iron, thus extremely beneficial for anaemic patients and curing low haemoglobin
Has antioxidant properties
It is one of the best natural ways to boost the immune system because of its antioxidant properties and antibacterial nature
Great diet balancer
Garlic pickle has an impressive nutritional profile comprising manganese, sodium, and Vitamin B6 that makes it a great diet balancer
How is Garlic Pickle made?
This world-class pickle is so flavourful and delicious because of its unique profile, made with an assortment of some of the freshest ingredients and finest spices. Every little element of the dish stands out individually yet contributes in tying together the whole recipe. Here are some of the ingredients used in making Lahsun ka Achaar:
Garlic is what adds flavour to most of our dishes; in fact, without garlic, we tend to find dishes ‘flavourless’. But garlic isn’t just used for elevating the flavours in a dish – it is also used for its numerous health benefits. Firstly, garlic lowers the risk of heart diseases since it improves cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of blood clotting, and also maintains blood pressure levels. It is also packed with antioxidants that prevent cell damage, and the sulfur compounds present in it have been proven to protect against organ damage caused by lead and other toxic elements. And the best part is, it is one of the easiest ingredients to include in almost any dish, no matter the cuisine!
By adding fennel seeds to your diet, you are doing wonders to your digestive system. Not only do they soothe the muscles in the abdominal region, they are also immensely rich in fibre that prevents constipation. Fennel seeds are a great remedy for gas, indigestion, and cramps.
What’s a meal without a little spice? Apart from adding a little zing to your meals, chilli powder is great for heart health: it reduces cholesterol, and triglycerides, and also prevents the formation of clots. Since chilli powder accelerates fat burning and reduces appetite, it will help keep a check on your weight. Chilli is also used to clear nasal congestion; so when you are down with a cold, you know what to eat!
Vinegar regulates blood sugar and insulin levels, while also managing cholesterol levels and aiding weight loss (by lowering lipid levels and preventing fat deposition around the organs)
Better known as asafoetida, heeng is anti-inflammatory so it is a great way to cure diarrhoea, acidity, and bloating. Another reason you should include heeng in your daily diet is because it's packed with antioxidants that combat damage to your cells
What do you eat Lahsun ka achar with?
The unique palate of garlic pickle makes it a great companion to all types of diverse cuisines. You can never really go wrong with garlic! So what are some of the dishes that you can have along with this pickle?
The umami flavour of mushrooms requires a bold, punchy match. Serve your mushroom dish along with a spoonful of garlic pickle to elevate the profile of both elements: the earthiness of the mushroom and the raw, nuttiness of garlic
Sauté your choice of veggies- beans, carrots, broccoli, sprinkle some salt and pepper, and to top it off, have it along with some garlic pickle to complete the dish and make it all-rounded
Who doesn’t love paratha? Stuffed aloo or gobhi ka parathas along with a bowl of chilled curd and lahsun ka achaar is one guaranteed way you will be transported back to the nostalgic days of your childhood
Khichdi doesn’t always have to be bland and boring. But what is a good way to give this staple an interesting twist? Achaar! Mix a little bit of this garlic pickle and experience comfort food in a whole new light
Handmade with love and passion, we take immense pride in delivering our authentic recipes to your doorstep. It is not just the taste that we strive to emulate, but also the whole experience that one finger-lick of home-cooked food can trigger: nostalgia, happiness, and the feeling of being back with family. All you need is one spoonful of my Mami’s Garlic Pickle to recall and relive the days of your childhood. When are you ordering your jar?