To celebrate National Curry Week, food writer Anjum Anand takes a look at the health benefits of one of Britain's favourite foods.
Garlic is used throughout Indian cooking and is a great food for runners. Garlic helps to keep your heart healthy, reduce cholesterol and fight colds. Allicin, the element that gives garlic its pungent aroma, helps to relax blood vessels, making blood flow more easily and reducing blood pressure.
Cooking garlic fully is essential. You can tell when it's cooked by the fragrance, which changes from raw and strong to mellow. In a paste, garlic will start to look grainy and turn a pale gold colour.
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