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Friday, 8 July 2016

KITCHEN TIPS AND TRICKS............


I have compiled few essential kitchen tips (hints) and tricks to make life easier . 


·         When boiling milk, smear ghee on the edges of the vessel to prevent overflow.

·         While making dosas, put two tbsps of cooked rice into the batter. The dosa will flip over easily and will be crisper.

·         If you want to keep any salad fresh for an evening party, first chill the bowl or tray in which you intend to serve the salad.

·         Store mushrooms in paper bags rather plastic bags or trays. This stops them from becoming ‘slimy’ and prolongs their life.

·         While boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the natural sweetness.

·         While cooking cabbage, add a bay leaf. This will reduce the smell during cooking and also give a subtle flavor.

·         To peel an orange or a tomato less messily, dunk it in hot water for a minute or two and then in cold water for the same amount of time. You will have an easy to peel orange or tomato.

·         To remove seeds from lemon, just roll it on hard surface applying a little pressure from your palm. Now cut it, you will find all seeds coming out easily.

·         When you prepare butter at home, you get buttermilk as a by-product. Boil this buttermilk at medium heat, and you will get paneer at no extra cost.

·         Sprinkle some salt in a frying pan to prevent oil from splashing.

·         Do not add salt to ‘rajma’ and ‘urad dal’ while boiling. It will take half the time to boil when salt is subtracted.

·         Add a little sugar while frying onions; they will turn pink or brown faster.

·         If oil used for frying turns dark, add a teaspoon of white vinegar, cover with a lid and keep on slow flame. When the spluttering stops, remove the lid; the oil will have cleared and it can be strained and re-used.

·         Soak two slices of bread in a cup of coconut-water and with half a tablespoon of sugar. Then blend and use the mix in your ‘idli’ or hoppers batter to ferment it.

·         If you sauté sliced onions without oil, the moisture content in the onions will be reduced faster. You can then add a little oil to sauté the onions. This way, you tend to use less oil and your sautéing is faster.