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Top 10 Cooking Tips for Indian Recipes

- submitted by Dahlia on 12-07-2007

Cooking Tips

  1. When frying, the oil should be in the correct temperature. If its too hot, the outside will get browned up too quickly before the inside gets cooked. If its not hot enough, the fried food will absorb too much oil before getting cooked.
  2. To make crispier puris, add a little rava to the wheat flour while kneading.
  3. To make crispier bajjis add a little corn flour to the gram flour to make bajji batter.
  4. Use a deep vessel to fry chicken to avoid the splashing of oil and juices all around the place.
  5. To knead chappattis, add 1/3 cup of warm water for 1 cup of flour approximately. To make softer chapattis, add warm milk or curd while kneading.
  6. Use heavy bottomed vessel to make upma, kheer etc to prevent burning. 
  7. Toasting nuts, rice, rava and dal before cooking with it increases its flavors considerably.
  8. Adding few drops of oil to the rice before cooking it will prevent it from becoming sticky.
  9. Do not wash the mushrooms with water. Clean it with a damp cloth. Add salt to the mushroom only after it has browned.
  10. Similarly adding salt to the chicken also slows up the browing. 

 

Top 10 General Cooking Tips:


  1. To peel the skin of almonds, tomatoes or peaches, simply soak in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. The skin can be easily removed.
  2. To remove the corn from its cub, hold it straight with one end on the bottom of a big vessel. Then strip the corn with a knife. This will prevent messing up of the entire place.
  3. When cutting raw banana, potatoes or eggplant, soak it in water to avoid discolouration. Similarly, to prevent apples, bananas or peaches from browning, add lemon juice.
  4. Use the excess dal water from boiling dal to make rasam.
  5. While adding curd to gravies or biriyani, break it nicely before adding.
  6. While boiling milk, a little water can be added to the vessel before adding the milk to avoid the milk from sticking to the bottom.
  7. Store nuts in the refrigerator to increase their shelf life.
  8. To separate each string of noodles or any thin pasta, run it under cold water immediately after boiling and draining the water.
  9. Curd in winter - Set in a ceramic container and place it on the voltage stabilizer of your refrigerator. 
  10. To cut meat easily, freeze it for some time before cutting.
     

Top 10 Quick fix Tips:


  1. Tomato paste or sauce can be used instead of fresh tomatoes. This saves a lot of chopping time.
  2. Soak chik peas in boiling water. In this way only 1-2 hours of soaking in needed.
  3. Make ginger garlic paste in bulk and put it in the fridge.
  4. Similarly, make green chilly paste and keep in the fridge. This saves a lot of cooking time.
  5. While chopping vegetables, chop in a bulk, use what is needed and put the remaining in the fridge for later use. Chopping a vegetable at a stretch saves a lot of time.
  6. Have lots of peeled garlic in an air tight box in the fridge.
  7. Grate a whole coconut at a time and refrigerate it so it can be used easily whenever needed.
  8. Fry grated coconut in bulk with curry leaves and store it in the fridge. This can be used easily whenever gravies have to be made.
  9. Whenever you boil potatoes or cauliflower make some extra and put it in the fridge. This can be used to make stuffed parathas, cutlets etc.
  10. Use the microwave to sauté onions, tomatoes and to cook up the vegetables.
     

Top 5 Healthy Tips:


  1. Do not wash the vegetables after peeling or chopping. This will wash out all the water soluble vitamins.
  2. Whenever vegetables or dal is cooked in water, many nutrients are left back in the water. So do not throw it away. Instaed use it when making some gravies or soups.
  3. Potatoes have their nutrients in their skin. So try using potatoes without peeling it.
  4. Eat fruits like apples along with its skin.
  5. Tamarind can be substituted with raw mango powder.

 

Top Refrigeration tips:


  1. Keep coriander leaves in a ait tight plastic box in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for a long time.
  2. Remove the stem of the chilly while storing them whole. Another method is to make chilly paste and store it for a long time.
  3. To store fish longer and freasher, clean it, apply turmeric and salt and put it in the freezer.

 


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umsapkale   (September 5, 2014)
very nice and useful tips.....
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 5, 2014)
Thank you.
khushi   (June 15, 2014)
i love manchurian.Thank you for this recepie
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 17, 2014)
Enjoy...
jisha   (May 27, 2014)
in order to avoid excess salt, cut potato into two halves and drop it in the boiling gravy
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 27, 2014)
Thanks for sharing.
yashomoti   (April 27, 2014)
useful tips
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 25, 2014)
Thank you.
yashomoti   (April 27, 2014)
usefull tips. :)
aenjal   (March 25, 2014)
great tips..............
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 27, 2014)
Thank You.
Soya   (February 5, 2014)
Thanks it is good tip
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 6, 2014)
Hmm :-)
Soya   (February 5, 2014)
Thanks it is good tip ,
parvathy surya   (December 19, 2013)
add few drops of cooking oil to tuvar dal before cooking it. Dal will cook faster and will be smoother.
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 20, 2013)
Thank You.
Dipti H Pancholi   (December 4, 2013)
Thank u so much for informative tips.:-))
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 4, 2013)
U r welcome.
Smita Mhatre   (November 5, 2013)
This site is just awesome.I made Chicken sukka , chilly paneer and coconut barfi with the help of this site.The food was just tempting ,and all my family and friends just cant stop praising me ...thanks a lot to the person who created this website and to the people who put in the easiest recipes.:)
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (November 5, 2013)
Thank you so much smita. Your comment is such an encouragement to us.
UMED SINGH RAWAT   (September 15, 2014)
THANK YOU
UMED SINGH RAWAT   (September 15, 2014)
great , very useful site
hema   (October 8, 2013)
add rava with maida to get a soft and bubbly poori
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 8, 2013)
Thank You.
ezhilanmohanapriya   (November 9, 2013)
Sgee pa po da bomb matter
bhushan   (October 5, 2013)
This site is great. I got to know about it from newspaper.The recipes have been ptesented in an understandable way
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 5, 2013)
Thank You so much. I hope it will be useful to many.
aaru selvi   (September 30, 2013)
i will try it.
aaru selvi   (September 30, 2013)
use ginger and garlic a lot in food tat good .
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (October 4, 2013)
yes.
sanju   (April 5, 2014)
thank u so much
saroj   (September 2, 2013)
how to remove excess turmeric from curry
Kavita Gogia   (December 2, 2013)
You can put curd in it.
viki   (August 6, 2013)
nice tips...............................
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 7, 2013)
Thank You.
nishtha atal   (July 26, 2013)
thanks to all for your important tips
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 28, 2013)
u r welcome.
anonymous   (July 6, 2013)
thanks
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 7, 2013)
Thank You.
anonymous   (July 6, 2013)
ok
gopal   (June 28, 2013)
use cimmanon powder on salad or dessert it buy the fat from the body
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 2, 2013)
oh ok.
Mrs. Anjali Malkhare   (June 27, 2013)
Thank you very much
for so nice dishes
full of information & useful tips.......

WHILE MAKING SUGAR SYRUP ADD 02(TWO) TABLESPOONS OF MILK IN IT & REMOVE ALL IMPURITIES IN IT WHICH FLOATS ON TOP OF SYRUP.
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 28, 2013)
Thank You for sharing your tip anjali..
anonymous   (July 6, 2013)
thanks
preeti   (May 7, 2013)
Like ginger garlic paste ,can we prepare soya sauce, chilli sauce, tomato sauce at home?n store in the refrigerator?/can you please give me the recipe
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 8, 2013)
For making chilli sauce, soak dry red chillies in vineger for 30 minutes. Grind it to a smooth paste with some olive oil and a clove of garlic. I've never made tomato sauce and soya sauce at home. If I make I'll share the recipe. Thank You.
Hema   (March 6, 2013)
Hi! Wat the meang of kinda?
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (April 16, 2013)
It means kind of.
Chandra   (March 5, 2013)
Hi all ,

Can someone plz post a tip about what kinda vegetables can be pre cut and stored? And what is the best way to store ? So food prep can be faster and easier.
How can u store Anapakaya/ sorakaya longer?

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