Wishing all my Readers a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. May this Diwali brings you lots and lots of happiness and big cheer in life !!!

These are some of the very useful tips which Amma use to tell me and some I come across when I read Magazines and see cookery shows .


1) While cooking toor dal, add a pinch of turmeric and a drop of oil. Toor dal cooks faster.


2) Potatoes soaked in salt water for 20 minutes will bake more rapidly.


3) While cooking potatoes, Cut them into half and add a pinch of turmeric. This makes the potatoes cook faster.


4) While making chapathi, leave the dough for 30 min to make soft chapathis.


5) To make pooris more crispy add a little rice flour to the wheat flour while kneading.


6) When u prepare batter for poori, add a tbsp of sugar along with the salt in the flour. You will get puffy pooris.


7) Puri dough should be made little harder than chapathi dough. This prevents puri from retaining more oil when it is deep fried. Also once dough is prepared, make the puri immediately.


8) Poori can be rolled and place between well-rinsed wet muslin cloth at least an hour ahead and can be Fried before serving.


9) Pakodas will turn out crisper if a little corn flour is added to the gram flour (besan) while preparing the batter.


10) Add some hot oil and 1/2 tsp of baking soda in batter while making pakodas.


11) If you are making patties or tikkis of potatoes, always make sure that the potatoes are boiled well in advance and cooled before you use them. It would be better if they can be refrigerated for a short time. This helps the starch in the potatoes to settle down and the tikkis will not be gooey.


12) While adding tadka(seasoning) to any curry or dal, add it once the curry/dal is completely cooked. Close the lid immediately & remove from flame. This will retain the seasoning aroma. Do not cook after adding seasoning.


13) Little plain sugar or caramelised sugar added to the gravy makes it tasty.


14) While using ginger and garlic paste in curries, always use garlic at 60% ratio and ginger at 40% as ginger is very strong and may make your dish sharp and pungent.


15) Never discard water in which vegetables are cooked, use it in gravies, soups, rasam or kolumbu.


16) If poppy seeds are used in grinding,soak it in water for 10 to 15 minutes,if you are grinding it in mixie.


17) While boiling milk, always add a little water at the base of the vessel to avoid the milk from sticking at the bottom.


18) If you forget to soak chana / Rajma overnight. Just soak the chana / Rajma in the boiling water for an hour before cooking.


19) To avoid browning of apples after cutting, apply a little lemon juice on the cut surface. The apples will stay and look fresh for a longer time.


20) After peeling onions cut in half and soak in water for about 10 minutes before cutting to avoid crying.


21) Dry roast fenugreek seeds until it changes to red color and grind it to a fine powder. When u prepare kolambu and sambar, you can add ½ tsp of this powder, so that you will get good smell.


22) If you are a vegetarian, add soya beans in your food more. Because soya is rich in proteins, phosphorous , iron, and it helps to get rid of nerves problems.


23) When u prepare kolambu or sambar, have u added excess salt? Add some cubes of potatoes to it and let it cook a while. Potatoes will absorb the excess salt.


24) When u prepare payasams at home, if you find water coming separately out of the dish after you add jiggery or sugar, do not worry. Take any type of biscuits and powder it and add this powder to the payasam, you will get good payasam with different taste also.


Storing Tips:-


1) Remove the stems of green chilies while storing them. This will help them to stay fresh for long.


2) Keep coriander leaves in a muslin (cheese) cloth bag in the refrigerator. They will remain fresh for a longer time.


3) You can store garlic for close to a month in the fridge in dry airtight plastic bag/box.
This not only increases shelf life, you will also be able to peel the skin much easier.


4) When ginger is cheaply available in the market, it could be purchased in a large quantity. Peel of the skin of the ginger and grind it in the mixie in slow speed for only one second.
Carefully store it in an airtight container in refrigerator. Could be readily used when preparing curd rice or upma.


5) While storing greens / leafy vegetables, wrap them in a newspaper and store in the fridge. Better to leave them on top of the glass tray(used to cover the vegetable storing container). This will make them last fresh for a week. Not necessary to cook within a day of buying the greens.


6) We all buy coriander in bunches. Here is how you store them fresh for more than a week...Clean and wash them. Let the water drain. In a container place a paper towel/tissue and spread them on top of it. Close and leave the container in the refrigerator. This will help preserve the coriander leaves for more than a week.


7) Here i get big bunches of curry leaves. we cant buy small amounts like in india. As soon as i get curry leaves from the market, i destalk them, spread them on a news paper and leave them indoors for a few hours so that any wet content in them evaporates. Once they r dry, i store them in air tight container and put it in the fridge, In this way i have noticed they stay fresh longer and do not rot soon.



23 Comments:

  1. Kitchen Flavours said...
    Wow very informative post dear. Bookmarked! I like those yummy coconut balls also.
    srikars kitchen said...
    wow... fantastic tips.. Useful tips dear... thxs for sharing...
    Laavanya said...
    Lovely tips Sireesha and so many new ones for me - thanks for sharing.
    Usha said...
    Useful and good tips...thanks for sharing ...
    rekhas kitchen said...
    very very usefull tips sireesha love the post bookmarked
    Myviews said...
    Wow! very informative tips Sireesha..thanks for sharing ...
    ramya said...
    Wow very informative post dear.....
    Sujatha said...
    thats a good collection of tips, Sireesha! Bookmarked.
    Vidhya said...
    Thats wonderful info sireesha. Have bookmarked this page.
    Uma said...
    thanks for the wonderful tips Sirisha.
    VEGETABLE PLATTER said...
    Hey sireesha .. nice tips, since Iam fairly new to cooking I will be needing these tips .. will definitely be coming back to it .. thanks girl
    SriLekha said...
    very informative tips sireesh! thanks for sharing! convey my regards to sireeja!
    notyet100 said...
    nice tips,..sireesha,.hpe u dng great,.how was ur weekend,..ceeya,.
    vandana rajesh said...
    Thanks for so many tips that would help in cooking and storing the ingredients better
    VEGETABLE PLATTER said...
    Hey I was watching your daughter's videos .. she is very cute N i love the way she recites the shlokas .. lovely dear
    Priti said...
    Wow thts some gud tips dear..thanks for sharing
    Jayashree said...
    Nice tips. thank u.
    Nidhi said...
    Those are some really useful tips Sireesha. I am sure will be useful to many.
    Cham said...
    Very useful tips Sireecha
    n33ma said...
    These are some really good tips.
    The Mom-tage said...
    Great Tips! Thanks so much!
    gayathri said...
    thanks for fantastic tips
    Dee said...
    Great tips. Thank you

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