Submitted by Editor on Tue, 2016-04-19 11:44 A delectable dish that can be prepared in barely 10 min can engulf you with the aromas of the sea and tantalise your tastebuds with the aromatic flavours. Ingredients 10 - 12 fresh devilled prawns 12 - 15 cloves of garlic unpeeled, finely chopped 10 long dried red chillies 200 gms butter 2 tsps soya sauce 2 tsp of lemon juice Method of preparation Marinate prawns in lemon juice and keep aside. Boil red chillies in half a cup of water for 5 min.Once cooled, grind to a coarse paste. Melt butter in a wok and once transparent, fry garlic till golden brown. Reduce heat and then add 2 tsp of the chilli paste and fry till oil separates. Add the soya sauce and stir well. Toss in prawns and let the spicy mixture coat them. Cook for 3 mins on high heat till it curls. Season with salt. Presentation Plate the prawns in the centre of a big plate . Pour a little melted butter on top of them. Garnish with two red chillies on top and chopped coriander leaves. Importance of GarlicThe most flavoursome and common ingredient in cooking that adds that potent punch. It has a distinct flavour and has been used since time immemorial to prevent and treat various diseases.Listed below are a few more healing properties of this miracle bulb. It helps control bacterial , viral, fungal, worm and yeast infections. It is known to prevent food poisoning killing bacteria like e. coli, salmonella etc. Also treats fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete's foot. The anti clotting properties found in garlic prevent blood clots forming in the body. It helps in controlling blood pressure. The sulphur containing compounds in garlic prevent the hardening of blood arteries and blood vessels getting blocked. It protects the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals. Therefore, increased garlic consumption is known to prevent heart attacks and arteriosclerosis. Garlic has the ability to moderately lower triglycerides and total cholesterol. Garlic is known to have anti-inflammatory properties thus helping in allergy management. Raw garlic juice can be used topically to reduce itching due to rashes and bug bites. Daily use helps to control colds and upper respiratory complaints.It helps patients suffering from asthma and breathing difficulty. Garlic increases insulin release and helps with diabetes management. In the event of a toothache, a crushed garlic glove may be placed directly on the affected tooth. Due to the antibacterial and analgesic properties, the tooth condition is relieved although it may irritate the gums. Regular consumption is said to lower the risk of most types of cancer. Diallyl sulphides in garlic increase the production of ferroportin and therefore helps in iron metabolism. Since garlic is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, it is believed to help in obesity which some researchers believe is caused by excessive inflammation in the body.It helps in formation of fat cells in the body. So my friends, take advantage of this amazing gift from mother nature and let it revive and rejuvenate you. Author: DIVYA DSOUZA, A women entrepreneur with a passion for food in all forms. She is presently running a successful catering business along with her husband Loy . M.DSOUZA CATERERS , the pioneers of the catering industry in Mangalore since 1925 has earned its name becoming the most professional and sought after caterer in town. Divya's father himself a hotelier and caterer in Saudi Arabia and mothers' expert cooking skills has actually been the strong foundation in her culinary journey. Her passion for food goes beyond just taste and presentation. She believes in the healing properties of food where food can help not only to nourish your body but also detoxify and rejuvenate it back to health.