Teenage-boy craves Indian curries every day. His mom loves Indian food but hates peeling and grating ginger and garlic. Sometimes she asks teenage-boy to do it for her or cook for them. He is usually up for it. But most times she leaves him alone, or skips it. She knows it would make the dish taste better, but she is too lazy. Which she has the right to be, since she was on her feet all day long. She could buy a garlic-ginger paste at Samosa House Market but that just doesn’t feel right. She assumes most of them have preservatives. She could make it at home, but then she would have to sterilize the jar and everything it touches if she wants it to last in the fridge for more than a week. “Not if you freeze it in cubes! And keep it in the freezer!” She thinks for herself “That would make your life and the teenage boy’s life easier!”
Crushed Ginger & Garlic Cubes
- Food processor or grater
- 1 silicone chocolate/ice mold
- 1 large chunk ginger (about ½ cup) - peeled and sliced
- 10 garlic cloves (about ½ cup) - peeled
- Put the ginger and garlic in a food processor with 1 tablespoon filtered water and process until as smooth as possible. Spoon the mixture into the silicone mold. Wrap the mold in a plastic wrap or baking paper and freeze for 24 hours.If you're using a grater: grate the ginger and garlic on the smallest holes into a medium bowl.
- The next day, remove the cubes from the mold and put them in a container, and keep in the freezer. Add 1-2 cubes to curries, biryanis and other Indian or Asian dishes.