Pickled Garlic and Spicy Sliced Beef Recipe

If you read my post, The Health Benefits Of Cooking With Fresh Herbs and Spices, you may be looking for more ways to incorporate spices and fresh herbs into your diet. Here are two recipes that pair wonderfully together in a meal, along with a vegetable or salad of your choice.  Be sure to make the pickled garlic 2 days in advance.

Garlic Pickle

Pickled Garlic and Spicy Sliced Beef RecipeIngredients:

1 lb. peeled garlic

2 teaspoon  cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves

4 tablespoon vinegar

3 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Prep time: 15 mins + 24 hours marinade time

Cooking time: 5 mins


  1. Cut garlic cloves into halves or thirds. Steam them in a double boiler until soft – 10 minutes, set aside.
  2. Mix Cayenne pepper, turmeric, salt, fenugreek and vinegar, and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When crackling stops, add the mix of spices and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and mix.
  4. Pour into a glass container. Add more oil to reach the top and this will keep the pickle fresh longer. It takes 2 days to obtain the full flavor.

Pickled Garlic and Spicy Sliced Beef Recipe*Notes on nutrient content:

– Garlic contains vitamins B and C and dietary minerals manganese and  phosphorus, calcium, iron and zinc.

– Pepper contains vitamins B and C and dietary minerals potassium, -magnesium and iron.

– Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant

– Fenugreek contains calcium, iron and phosphorus

– Mustard contains magnesium and sodium

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Spicy Sliced Beef

Pickled Garlic and Spicy Sliced Beef RecipeIngredients:

6 oz. thinly sliced beef

2 stalks celery

2 stalks green onion

½ thinly sliced large red onion

1½ teaspoon ginger, cut up

3 cloves finely chopped cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon salt, if needed

2 tablespoons canola oil

8 teaspoons soy sauce

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add onion, garlic, ginger and celery and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add sliced meat and cook until it loses the pink color.
  3. Add soy sauce, cover and cook at medium heat until meat is done, about 15 minutes.


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