Useful Tips

Every small information is highly helpful when doing day to day cooking. This section includes useful tips that have been collected from lots of sources. Some of the tips might be already available in net in various websites. Though care have been taken to add the source of the tips, some of the tips have been collected over the years and the source cannot be found. 

This section includes not just cooking tips but also health tips, cleaning tips, tips about various kitchen utensils and appliances, tips for the newly weds and lot more.

To clean burnt pots and pans

posted 6 Oct 2014, 20:49 by R A   [ updated 6 Oct 2014, 20:50 ]

If any pot or pan have burnt food struck to its bottom, cut onions and boil in that vessel, the vessel could be cleaned easily. 

Adding Sugar while cooking

posted 6 Oct 2014, 20:44 by R A   [ updated 6 Oct 2014, 20:45 ]

When you are cooking carrots in water add a pinch of sugar, it will enhance the taste and flavour.

While cooking greens adding sugar to it will retain the green colour in the greens the fresh flavour will also be retained. 

When you keep things in fridge

posted 6 Oct 2014, 20:37 by R A   [ updated 6 Oct 2014, 20:38 ]

When you keep things in fridge keep it in boxes with lids so that the smell of every dish does not infiltrate into the other. Also however closed there are chances of small insects to get into fridge, to avoid them getting into the dishes too keep them in closed boxes. 

Small tips

posted 23 Jun 2014, 02:04 by R A   [ updated 23 Jun 2014, 02:04 ]

Useful tips

1. To reduce salt:
    If you find excess salt in Sambar or rasam, pressure cook peel and cut them into big pieces. The potato pieces will absorb the excess salt. 

2. Do not add lemon juice in hot rasam or hot rice when making Lemon Rasam or Lemon rice. Remove the rasam from flame and add the juice when warm. For lemon rice let the rice get warm enough. 

3. Add green chillies to those dishes that are made using lemon juice.

4. While making filter coffee if the decoction did not flow freely the reason could be blocked holes in the top vessel of the filter. To remove those blocks, pour hot water into the top vessel and tap it in the reverse then show the holes side on a stove and then tap again to remove the blocks. 

5. Cook vegetables with salt. For root vegetables do not add salt while cooking.  

How to prepare Almond Flakes for Kheers and Cookies

posted 1 Dec 2013, 08:19 by R A   [ updated 30 Mar 2014, 08:58 ]

Almond flakes add a special flavour and decoration to any cookie or kheer or summer cooler drink that calls for nuts. It can be easily prepared at home.

Take Badam (Almond) one by one and using a fine sharp knife slice them into very thin pieces (care should be taken so as to avoid cutting the fingers.

While cooking Pulavs and Biriyanis

posted 1 Dec 2013, 08:16 by R A   [ updated 1 Dec 2013, 08:18 ]

For every cup of Basmati rice not more than 1 1/2 cup of water is to be used.

Also to enhance the taste, it is better to use country tomatoes(Naatu Thakkali) rather than the hybrid one(Banglore Thakkali)

To keep Dhaniya Powder (Coriander Powder) fresh

posted 1 Dec 2013, 08:12 by R A   [ updated 1 Dec 2013, 08:13 ]

Many a times, instead of grinding coriander powder at home, we are forced to buy it from shops. Store that in an airtight container and place of piece of asafodeita in it. This can be used for about 6 months.

To make colourful salads

posted 1 Dec 2013, 08:07 by R A   [ updated 1 Dec 2013, 08:08 ]

Add baby carrots, red cabbage, spinach and other seasonal vegetables available to add colour to the salads.

To chop ingredients finer

posted 1 Dec 2013, 08:05 by R A   [ updated 1 Dec 2013, 08:06 ]

Many recipes requires finely chopped chillies, coriander leves, curry leaves etc. To do so, instead of using knife, if a pair of sharp kitchen scissors are used, the pieces will be more fine and the job will be efficiently done.

While making savouries

posted 1 Dec 2013, 08:01 by R A   [ updated 1 Dec 2013, 08:02 ]

While making savouries, the salt should not be added directly to the flour. It have to be dissolved in water and only the water should be added. The salt that gets settled at the bottom should not be added. If done so, then it will make the savouries burst and oil spill once it is added to the oil.

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