Indian meals are incomplete without a ginger-garlic paste. But loose garlic is used for a variety of purposes too. Crushing garlic pods slightly and adding them to meals, give the dishes a more potent spicy earthiness than garlic paste does. Moreover, garlic is also consumed to cure oneself from cough and cold. While garlic is definitely an essential in Indian cuisine, European cuisines extensively require garlic too. Can you imagine a world without cheesy garlic bread?