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Kitchen Tips

Discussion in 'Spotless Kitchen' started by priyauc, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. priyauc

    priyauc Bronze IL'ite

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    1. 1. Before frying the onions cut them and leave them in milk for 10 mins. Onions will be more crispy and will have a uniform colour.
    2. 2. To avoid the smell of garlic and onion from the chopping board or hand, rub lemon on them.
    3. 3. To avoid biscuits from getting bad, put blotting paper in the container and place the biscuits.
    4. 4. Add a little lemon, salt and ghee while preparing rice. Rice will be white and fresh.
    5. 5. Add a little oil to the boiling dal, this will enable it to cook faster.
    6. 6. To find out whether the mushroom is edible, boil it with garlic. If the water turns black, the mushroom is not edible.
    7. 7. Put tej patta in wheat flour to avoid the insects.
    8. 8. Adding a little warm ghee to besan before making pakoras would keep the pakoras crispy.
    9. 9. To thicken milk while making kheer add a little custard powder or corn flour to it.
    10. 10. If paneer is put in hot water after frying, it will become very soft.
    11. 11. To keep insects away from suji, roast it slightly in a pan and then store.
    12. 12. To easily make tamarind pulp, put the tamarind in hot water.
    13. 13. Before grating cheese, coat the grater with a little oil. The cheese will not stick to the grater.
    14. While cooking spinach add a pinch of cooking soda to it. It will look greener and taste better.
    15. Add leftover rice to fresh rice just before it is fully done. This will help refresh the leftover rice.
    16.While making Baingan ka Bharta, cover the brinjal after roasting. This will ensure that the peel comes off easily.
    17. Do not discard ginger peel; use it with your tea to add a little flavour to it.
    18. Roasting daliya and then storing it in a container will ensure that it remains insect-free.
    19. While making a paneer dish, immediately after deep frying the paneer put it in water. This will ensure that no oil remains on the paneer and the paneer also remains soft.
    20. To make peas last for months, put them in salt water and bring the water to a boil. Remove from water and dry it in the shade on a piece of cloth. Store the peas in an airtight container.
     
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  2. Sriniketan

    Sriniketan IL Hall of Fame

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    Thanks Priyu for this information, will definitely follow some of those.

    sriniketan
     
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    sunikris Bronze IL'ite

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    Thanku Priya for posting useful tips.

    Suneeta
     
  4. Nandshyam

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    Great tips..

    Guys I have a question. Here in US, is there any way to cook dal without using cooker :crazy:crazy

    When cooking dal alone.. the whistle blows water that messes up the stove :help:cry::cry::cry::cry: I don;t want to do this cleaningggggggggggg anymore..

    Anyway I can do this like we do the electric rice cooking?
     
  5. priyauc

    priyauc Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Nandshyam,
    Firstly check how much water are you adding to the dal, the cooker should never be more than half full.keep the water level to 13rd of the cooker and it will never spill over. secondly check if the whistle and valve is dirty or choked. If so use a saftey pin to clean the valve. Try this and your cooker will never spill over .let me know....
     
  6. priyauc

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    Re: Kitchen Tips ... continued

    1) If you dont want your eyes to water a lot when you have lots of onions to chop , peel and halve the onions and soak in ice cold water. This will prevent your eyes from watering.
    2) To prevent your hands from itching when peeling and cutting colocassia( arbi / kachalu) , just put the arbi in a pressure cooker with a cup of water , cook for 1 whistle and then peel off. The peel will come off in a jiffy. Or else you can boil in an open pan as well.
    3) Cut the greens like coriander, mint, curry leaves, fenugreek leaves, spinach etc etc that you buy in the beginning of the week and store them in airtight containers or ziplock bags. this will save the time to cut or clean them during the week.
    4) Dip Garlic in warm water. The Peel will come off easily.
     
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    Oh for one cup of Dal, I add 3 cups of water and had few drops of oil. Let me know if this is the right proportion.

    I will check the valve.. Thanks much priya :)
     
  8. priyauc

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    hi nandshyam try two cups of water ..how big is your cooker. That also makes a difference. If you are using a 4 or 5 litre cooker then its fine .
     
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    Its the smallest one - Hawkins brand, I bought specifically for making pappu

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    Its 2 lt, priya
     
  10. priyauc

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    hi dear i think your cooker is small thats why it leaks. as suggested before your cooker should always be 1/3rd full only. loading it more than that could be dangeous, the safety valve can burst . Be careful.
     

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