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Cooking : Spicy Steamed Eggplants

Eggplants are not favorites in this household because of its mushy texture and tangy aftertaste but somehow, the kids found this OK, despite the zing that comes with raw garlic. Yes, RAW garlic. The thing is that you need to mince the hell out of the garlic cloves so that it won't bite as much when YOU bite into them. Or you can prepare them ahead of time like some people do and leave it in the fridge for when you want to use them.

Despite the twang that raw garlic gives, there are health benefits to consuming them.
The active compound allicin only forms when garlic is crushed or cleaved when it is raw. If you cook it before crushing it, then it won't have the same health effects. Therefore, the best way to consume garlic is raw, or to crush and cut it and leave it out for a while before you add it to your recipes - Healthline Some recipes (Korean mostly) call for EXTRA cloves of garlic when making this steamed eggplant dish because old folks claim that the more the merrier.

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