How to Make Ginger Garlic Paste At Home

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Now if you cook spicy food or Indian food like we do, you’ll often find recipes calling for ginger garlic paste or chilly ginger pastes. Or even if they don’t, most Indian recipes, vegetarian, meat, or fish will have copious amounts of ginger, garlic, and chillies in them. So, instead of having to chop these ingredients fine every time, or having to grind them every time, it’s easier to just make a lot of ginger garlic paste at one go and store it in the refrigerator for use whenever we need it.

Yes, we make a lot of spicy ginger garlic paste at one go and store it up for use in curry recipes. Saves time and energy!

What Ingredients do you Need to make the ginger garlic paste?

Grind ginger, garlic and chillies - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Grind ginger, garlic and chillies (without salt)

Quite simply, grind everything together and that’s it! Just think, you’re saving yourself from washing the food processor a dozen times. Or rather 20 times. Just once is a pretty good exchange offer.

So anyways, this is what you need, a few pods of garlic, some green chilies, and ginger.

How To Make The Ginger Garlic Paste?

Clean your garlic and remove the skin, roughly chop the ginger to bits, and break the chillies in halves. Next, grind all these ingredients together in the mixer or food processor till they form a paste. Refrigerate and use over the next few months. Whenever a recipe requires ginger-garlic paste or ginger-chilli paste, even if it’s just any two of these 3 ingredients, this glutenfree spicy paste is a quick substitute. Now, if your recipe asked for a chilli-garlic paste, this paste might change the outcome a bit, but if you’re in a hurry, you can still use. It definitely beats store-bought pastes any day!

Ginger garlic paste is ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Ginger garlic paste is ready

Cooking Tips and Tricks

  • Cleaning the garlic means separating the garlic flakes from the pod and remove the skin.
  • Don’t add salt to the mix. You could if you want to, but it will be difficult to measure out for recipes later. It’s just easier to add salt to the recipes during the final preparation of the dish.
  • Ginger can be a bit difficult to grind, so remember to cut it into smaller pieces before putting it into the mixer.
  • You can make different combinations, garlic + chillies, or chilies + ginger, or just ginger + garlic too. 
  • If you prefer, you can add a few tablespoons of lime juice to the paste before storing it.
  • You can store this homemade ginger garlic paste in the freezer for up to 6 months or in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Store it in an airtight container.

Other Paste combinations

  1. 1 part ginger to 2 parts garlic (since ginger has a stronger flavor)
  2. 1 part ginger to 1 part chillies
  3. 2 parts garlic to 1 part chillies

FAQ’s about Ginger Garlic paste

For how long can I store ginger garlic paste?

You can store the paste in air-tight containers in a refrigerator for about 2-3 weeks or in a freezer for upto 6 months.

What is ginger garlic paste used for?

It can be used in preparation of various curries or gravies. See the list of recipes we add it to below.

Is garlic ginger paste healthy?

Yes, both garlic and ginger have various health benefits. So adding the ginger garlic paste is good for you.

Do I need to remove the ginger skin?

You can remove the thicker part of the ginger skin by scraping it off when you wash it. A little skin is okay to use.

Recipes where you can Substitute Different Ginger/Garlic/Chilli Paste Combinations for the Full Ingredients

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Ginger garlic paste is ready - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste

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Simply grind these 3 ingredients together and that's it! This homemade ginger garlic paste is easy to use for different curries and stews.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Grinding time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Meal Prep
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Inches Ginger
  • 2 Pods Garlic
  • 12 Green Chillies

Instructions
 

  • Clean the garlic and remove the skin, wash the ginger and chillies.
  • Chop the ginger into small pieces and break the chilies in half.
  • Put all together in a mixer or food processor and grind to a paste.
  • Use as much as you need and freeze or refrigerate the rest for a later time.

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Notes

  • You can make different combinations, garlic + chillies, or chilies + ginger, or just ginger + garlic too. 
  • You can store this homemade paste in the freezer for up to 6 months or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
How to make Ginger garlic paste - By Abby from TheWingedFork

4 thoughts on “How to Make Ginger Garlic Paste At Home”

    • Hi Sinela,
      No, there’s no need to add any preservatives. But if you want , you can add a tablespoon of lime juice to the paste before storing.
      Abby

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