ginger garlic paste

Ginger Garlic Paste Recipe

Updated: August 27, 2022, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Ginger garlic paste is one of the most basic essentials of Indian cooking. Apart from imparting a unique aroma to the foods it also aids in digestion and helps tenderize meats. While reaching out for a jar of ginger garlic paste from an Indian store may be an easier option, but you won’t get the same unique and refreshing flavors like the homemade paste. Your homemade ginger garlic paste is clean, pure and is free from preservatives. In this post I share the easiest way to make ginger garlic paste that you can store for several months.

Ginger garlic paste made with fresh ginger root and garlic cloves

About Ginger Garlic Paste

Ginger garlic paste is nothing but a spice blend made with fresh ginger root and garlic cloves. Sometimes various ingredients like oil, salt, vinegar and even turmeric are added to it as a preservative.

If you cook Indian food often, having a jar of ginger garlic paste in your refrigerator, is a great convenience. You don’t need to rinse, peel, chop and crush small quantities of ginger and garlic every time you cook.

In India, most traditional households crush ginger & garlic fresh in a mortar & pestle whenever required. I agree that nothing beats the flavor of the fresh paste & it really makes a difference to your final dish.

For many years, I have made ginger garlic paste fresh for every dish I cooked. Most recipes call for sautéing the onions, during which I would peel, grate and crush the ginger garlic right on the chopping board. This is one easier way but you still have to spend some time doing all of that.

About this Recipe

This 15 mins recipe will help you make ginger garlic paste enough for 4 to 6 weeks of cooking. I prefer to make smaller batches but you can double or triple the recipe if you prefer.

This recipe is simple and just needs 3 ingredients. Fresh ginger, garlic and a splash of oil. A lot of people also add turmeric or salt as a preservative but I don’t because this is how my mom always made & it keeps good for several months.

I use equal parts of ginger and garlic. But this varies from every family and some people also use 1 part ginger and 2 parts garlic. This depends on the kind of ginger and garlic you use. Read my pro tips for more info.

For more similar recipes you can check
Sambar powder
Rasam powder
Biryani masala powder
Idli podi
Garam masala

How to Make Ginger Garlic Paste (Stepwise Photos)

1. Wash ginger under running. If required use a brush to get rid of mud deposits, if any. Pat dry completely. We use equal amounts of garlic and ginger. Here I use 125 grams each.

ginger garlic to make paste

2. Peel the garlic cloves. Chop the ginger to small pieces.

preparing ginger garlic

3. Add all the ingredients to a blender jar.

adding garlic cloves and ginger to jar

4. Turmeric, salt and oil are natural preservatives. Using any one of these is good enough to keep the ginger garlic paste good. 

adding turmeric, salt and oil

5. Make a fine paste until it turns pale and smooth.

fine paste


Store ginger garlic paste in a bottle and always use dry spoons to scoop out a little when needed. For more details on storage in fridge or freezer check the recipe card below.

Ginger garlic paste recipe

Pro Tips

Preservative used: Oil, turmeric and salt are the 3 ingredients which act as natural preservatives. But I feel oil is good enough which also enhances the aroma of the ground paste.

Ratio of ginger & garlic: There are different kinds of ginger root available in the market. The hybrid ginger and the non-hybrid kind. The non-hybrid kind has a very stronger aroma and taste. When used in equal quantities, the paste may lend a bitter taste. So I use 2 portions of garlic for 1 portion of ginger. If using hybrid ginger, 1:1 proportions work well.

Test Batch: If you are a newbie, run a small test batch to see how it works for you. After making your test batch cook something Indian and checkout the flavors.
If the ginger garlic paste is too gingery, blend the test batch with more garlic. Make a note of each addition so you arrive at a right proportion that suits you. If it is too garlicky, blend with more ginger

Why does ginger garlic paste turn green?

Garlic when crushed or chopped is prone to react with the minerals in the air or with the metals that it comes in contact with. Crushed garlic reacts with acidic ingredients. Sometimes pink salt, vinegar, lemon etc can also cause the discoloration in ground garlic.

So it is absolutely normal for the ground garlic to turn green or bluish green and is still safe to consume. For more details please use google search.

how to make ginger garlic paste

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Recipe Card

ginger garlic paste

Ginger Garlic Paste

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Homemade ginger garlic paste is one of the basic essential condiments used in Indian cooking. It is used to impart flavor to many vegetarian and meat dishes. This recipe shares how to make ginger garlic paste at home and store it well for further use.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings1 small jar

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 125 grams ginger (4.5 Ounce, refer notes)
  • 125 grams garlic (4.5 Ounce, peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I use organic refined coconut oil)


  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric (or haldi / optional)



  • Rinse ginger under running water. Pat dry and peel it. Chop to half to 1 inch pieces.
  • Cut off both the ends of garlic. Peel them.
  • You can also add them to a box or tight lid container. Cover the jar and shake it vigorously for a minute. You will see the skin of the garlic loosens or comes off. This tip works only with certain kinds of garlic.
  • You can also pour some oil over the garlic and rub off to loosen the skin. (This is how we peel garlic when we make pickles.)

How to Make Ginger Garlic Paste

  • Add ginger, garlic and oil to a grinder/ blender jar. Blend well until smooth and light in color. Scrape off the sides and repeat blending until you see a smooth mixture.
  • Transfer the ginger garlic paste to a clean dry glass jar. Refrigerate ginger garlic paste up to a month or 6 months in a freezer.
  • To Freeze, transfer to ice tray and knock the tray to the counter a few times. Cover with a cling wrap. Once set transfer them to a ziplock bag. Use as desired whenever needed by defrosting one cube each time.


  • You may start with lesser amounts of ginger and add as required to suit your taste.
  • There are many kinds of ginger and they differ in flavor and strength. Run a small test batch to make ginger garlic paste.  Cook with it first. If it is too gingery, add more garlic and blend. If it is too garlicy, add more ginger and blend. Note down the additions so you know the exact amounts that work well for you.
  • I always peel the ginger. Sometimes it imparts bitter tones to the ginger garlic paste.
  • Make sure you don’t use garlic with shoots. They will discolor your ginger garlic paste to green or blue overtime.
  • Avoid using water to make ginger garlic paste, as the moisture splatters when you add it to the pan while cooking. You also want to fry the ginger garlic in oil to bring out the aroma and this is best achieved when you make the paste without water.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Garlic Paste
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thank you for sharing your recipes🙏🏽

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Solved my problem and worked perfectly. Thank you

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These are the best recipes ?

How much salt I should add in 1kg ginger garlic paste ?

Hi… Thanks for your site, I love it. I’ve made this garlic and ginger paste today but used extra virgin olive oil (I own an olive finca and have an abundance of it). Will this work?

How much oil do I need to use ?

Which is the best grinder for making ginger garlic paste and other curry pastes? Somehow the usual chutney jar in the mixer grinder requires a large quantity of oil to blend properly.

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I always have a large jar of this in my fridge. I use it for pretty much any recipe that calls for crushed garlic and/or grated ginger. In my rural community coconut oil is not an option, so I use peanut oil. I add both salt and turmeric.

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Great recipes !!!! Delicious and informative

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I made this and wrote a nice review but the pop-ups made me lose it.

Briefly thank you for convincing me to make my own garam marsala. I used a lot more than you call for but I also used more ginger and garlic.

Thank you for getting me over that hump! This was my first Indian dish ldue to fear of garam marsala.

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The jarred stuff I bought from the store was foul and stinky, and could be considered a chemical weapon. This recipe is SO much better, better flavor and it smells fresh and delicious. Easy to make in a food processor, too.

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Thank you

looks interesting, but be aware that garlic + oil stored at room temperature is a botulism risk. Botulism bacteria lives in garlic and grows very well in environments with low oxygen and water (such as in oil).

Hi swasthi,

Can I just make a big batch and then freeze paste directly in 8 Oz Mason jars in freezer Instead ice cube trays ? I can then take out one jar as and when required and use it in a week or two by refrigerating the one in use.


Hi Swasthi,

I made the ginger garlic paste a couple days ago, and I think it was well worth the effort. I’ve noticed that even with equal quantities of ginger and garlic, the ginger flavor comes through more strongly than the garlic both raw and in the finished dish. Is this to be expected? I personally find that ginger has a stronger flavor than garlic anyway, but the difference shouldn’t be quite this stark.
I love ginger so I’m not upset that it tastes gingery, but I am disappointed that I don’t taste very much of the garlic. Would it be worth making separate ginger paste and garlic paste in the future so I can amp up the garlic flavor?

Hi Swasthi,

I’m a little embarrassed now that I see you did mention this in the post. Totally on me for jumping straight to the recipe. I’ll try adding more garlic. Thinking about it now, for most applications where I use ginger and/or garlic, a combined paste would probably make more sense anyways. I’ll definitely be curious to see if I can taste a major difference in pungency between ginger in different stores. Thank you for your help!

Can you tell me where you get that blender jar? What’s it called?

Can I substitute Hing for ginger garlic paste?

I love garlic when I,was growing up, my father made toast, topped it with slices of onion and garlic. Maybe thats why he passed at 86 and I’m 96! I cant take very spicy food and knowing Indian food is, perhaps uou can direct me to some that can be made with local, Mexican not too spicy veggies. I’m staying away from meat so maybe fish dishes would be appreciated and appropriate. Awaiting. Gerry

I have just found your website and can’t wait to try your recipes!
I would like a small metal cup blender as shown in your pictures of the garlic ginger paste recipe.
can you tell me what it is called, the brand or where I could find one? I like in New Mexico USA, there is not much here in the way of shopping.

Thank you!

Can you use reconstituted garlic and ginger powder to make the paste. If so in what ratio.

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Great site, all simply and well explained for non indians.

I love Indian chutney
Cann you please include some in your site? Specially ones with ginger in them