Ginger garlic paste is an essential ingredient in Indian cooking. Not sure of the origins or why together they add such a rich flavor but usually no meat dish is prepared without it and some vegetarian dishes are richer with this. I usually try and make ginger/garlic paste at home…not too crazy about the vinegar-y smell of store bought paste. I prepare a batch big enough to last me a couple of months. Although this paste is essential I am not as generous with this as others are, so a little paste goes a long way in our household. Usually the paste is made with water but to extend the shelf life I grind mine with turmeric powder and oil. I keep half in the refrigerator and freeze the other half to extend the shelf life some more. A friend of mine freezes diluted ginger garlic paste in ice cube trays and keeps them frozen in a ziplock bag and throws a cube or two into the curries…and that is one way of storing this paste…but when freezing be sure to keep the ice cube tray in an air tight container otherwise you will be eating ice-cream that tastes like ginger/garlic paste. I like to control how much paste I use and so I usually keep mine bottled up in the refrigerator.
Every one has their own recipe for this – most often ginger and garlic are used in equal proportions and some use more garlic and less ginger and some use more ginger and less garlic. I like to use more ginger and less garlic.
- Ginger – peeled and chopped 1 1/2 cups
- Garlic – peeled 1 cup (you get freshly peeled garlic in some Indian stores)
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp or less
- Grind ginger, garlic and turmeric powder in a blender.
- Start with 1/2 tbsp oil and keep adding oil until it all becomes a smooth paste
- Store in a clean jar in the refrigerator and use up in a month or two
- I usually use the same jars to store this paste. It has a very strong smell and you don’t want it in all your jars
- Remember to use air tight containers otherwise the smell will permeate every corner of your refrigerator and believe me you won’t want that
- It may discolor a bit in the refrigerator and that is perfectly fine