To prevent the insides of the cooker from turning black
Add a piece of tamarind
or lemon peel to the cooker while boiling
To preserve the white color in cauliflower and cabbage.
Add a teaspoon of milk or milk
powder while cooking.
To prevent the burn sensation after grinding chilies
Dip the hands in
To prevent milk from curdling while boiling
Add a pinch pf baking
soda to it and it will regain its freshness
To save oil while frying
Add a pinch of salt
to the oil while frying ‘pakodas’ or ‘koftas’ and you will use up less oil.
Boiling Pasta & Noodles
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.
blanch cut potatoes in hot water or medium hot oil till tender, then deep-fry in very hot oil till crisp. Take care not too
add too many potatoes at once to the oil. This causes the temperature of the oil to come down and you will end up with fries
that are greasy, not crisp!
If potatoes or carrots get over-cooked
just mash them well and serve with butter or use it as a batter for preparing cutlets
soften cream cheese
remove it from the foil wrapper and microwave it on medium for 30-40 seconds.
When soups and stews get burnt,
You can renew its taste by pouring the
liquid gently and carefully into a clean pan and flavor with curry powder or mustard or some chutney to camouflage the burnt
a recipe calls for instant coffee
Substitute instant espresso powder for an extra boost
To remove bitterness from karela
Slit it from the middle and rub a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd over it. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour, before
To regain freshness in stale chapattis
Just wrap them in a clean cloth and pack them in an airtight container that will fit into the pressure
cooker and pressure cook for two whistles and serve fresh and hot.
determine if baking powder is still active
Add 1 teaspoon to 1/3 cup of hot water. If it bubbles
vigorously, it's still active and will give good baking results
your margarine or butter wrappers to grease your baking pans,
fold in half the wrappers and put in refrigerator. Take out and add a little shortening and spread in pan, then throw away
Retain the green of vegetables
Green vegetables lose color if subjected to continuous heat. So, do not overcook them.
the measuring cup
It will make removing the sticky ingredients like shortening or peanut butter easier.
folded paper towel in bottom of salad bowl.
veggies and greens to a salad bowl containing paper towel. Just before serving remove towel (which has absorbed all the water
and adds crunchiness to the dressing). Salad will be snapping crisp. This is great for carrying a salad to work. No more limp
Of Sticky Measuring Spoons & Cups?
measuring honey, syrup, or molasses spray the measuring spoon or cup with a coating of nonstick cooking spray. The sticky
ingredients slides right out with no mess on the spoon or cup.
your pizza cutter!!
It does a great job cutting rolled out dumplings into
squares. Or use it to cut up the kid's waffles or pancakes
prevent icing from running off
Your cake dust the surface lightly with cornstarch
keep your bananas from going too ripe too fast
Keep them in a plastic bag
To avoid stickiness in Rice
Add a few drops of lemon juice to the rice while cooking, you will find that the grains of rice will remain
For crispy lady fingers
a few drops of lemon juice while cooking for a crispy taste
To remove excess oil in any fried vegetables
Sprinkle a little gram flour over the vegetables. Gram flour absorbs the excess oil and makes the vegetable tastier.
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.
Making potato cutlets?
When boiling potatoes for cutlets add the salt to the water itself as potatoes absorb salt better this
Curry turned out a bit oily and pungent?
two bread slices and powder them coarsely. Add this to the curry and mix well. Bread absorbs the excess oil and spice
Hurry to cook ‘dal’?
a little oil and turmeric powder to the dal before placing it in the cooker. It will get done in 10 minutes flat.
Make a soft fluffy omelet
Heat a non-stick pan and add a little more butter than usual. Now beat the egg and stir briskly (even
while frying) with a fork. This way more air goes in your omelet, making it light and fluffy. Fry till done and serve hot.
Prevent onions from burning, frying
a little milk to onions while frying, this will help retain a rich color and prevent them from burning.
Soft paneer for children
taking out the butter in the milk cream add a little milk or curd to the remaining buttermilk and boil. Voila! You now have
a soft paneer which is especially good for small children and those with weak stomachs.
Pour lemon juice with sugar and a little salt into ice trays, to make cubes which can be used for instant lemonade.