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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cooking Tips

A ready reckoner on some useful cooking tips....
  • To prevent Bhindi / Okra from sticking to a vessel: Add 1 tsp curd while cooking.
  • To remove excess oil in any fried vegetables: Sprinkle a little gramflour over the vegetables. Gramflour absorbs the excess oil and makes the vegetable tastier.
  • To remove excess oil & pungent smell from curries: Powder 2 bread slices coarsely and add to the curry and mix well. Bread absorbs the excess oil and spices.
  • To cook daal faster: Add a little oil and turmeric powder to the dal before placing it in the cooker. It will be cooked within 10 mins.
  • To cook pulses (chana etc.) if not soaked overnight: Just put the chana in a flask full of boiling water for an hour. They are ready for cooking.
  • To boil potatoes faster: Peel and cut potatoes and boil them in water to which a little vinegar is added.
  • To retain the green of vegetables: Green vegetables lose colour if subjected to continuous heat. So, don't overcook them.
  • Instant Lemonade: Pour lemon juice with sugar and a little salt into ice trays, to make cubes which can be used for instant lemonade.
  • To cook rice without sticking: Add 1 tsp white vinegar in the pot while cooking.
  • To brown onions faster: Add 1/2 tsp of salt to the onions while frying.
  • To prevent onions from burning: Add a little milk to onions while frying, this will help retain a rich colour and prevent them from burning.
  • To remove bitterness from karela: Slit it from the middle and rub a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd over it and keep aside for 30 minbs before cooking.
  • To make a soft & fluffy omelette: Heat a non-stick pan and add a little more butter than usual. Beat the egg and stir briskly (even while frying) with a fork. This way more air goes in your omelette, making it light and fluffy. Fry till done.
  • Boiling Pasta & Noodles: Boil pasta / noodles in plenty of water and remove just before it is fully cooked. They continue to be cooked even after it is removed from flame and drained.
  • Serving boiled Noodles later: If noodles / pasta has to be used after some time, then refresh the boiled noodles in cold water and drain. This way they will not stick to each other.

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