sticky rice ,Wash the rice a few times until the water runs clear.
Remove all the water until no water remains. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
This will remove all the starch and help the rice to remain separate.
Also adding a few drops of lemon juice to the rice while cooking,
you will find that the grains of rice will tend to remain separate.
crispier puris Add a teaspoon of semolina / rava (suji) and 1 teaspoon
of rice flour to the wheat flour while kneading.
tomato paste cubes Spoon tomato paste into ice cube trays. Freeze
overnight. Transfer into plastic bags and freeze. Frozen cubes can
be dropped right into curries.
retaining colourWhen cooking eggplant add a spoon of milk to a bowl
of water and add the cut up pieces to that water. The eggplant will
retain their color without becoming black.
for salty curry Wash a potato. Cut into two. Place the two halves
of the raw potato in the curry and it will absorb the extra salt.
to use masalas Sometimes cooking requires a lot of pre-preparation.
Make masalas ahead of the time. Stock the masala in the freezer till
not required for cooking. This method will save a lot of time.
to cut an onion without crying? One can adopt any of these methods
to cut onion without crying - peel and cut onions under running water.
Chop onions near a gas flame. Or refrigerating onions before chopping.
kitchen scissors most One must use kitchen scissors to chop coriander
leaves, mint leaves and chillies to avoid any kind of a mess. One
can stock this for the purpose of garnishing.
lemons and lime Buy large lemons and limes, they tend to be much
sweeter. Make sure that the skin is thin, those are much juicer.
To obtain more of the juice from lemons, limes or oranges, microwave
on high for 30 seconds and then let stand for a couple of minutes
before cutting and squeezing. Rolling them between your hand and
the counter will also help release more juice.
for making dosa To ensure that the griddle (tawa) is hot enough
before spreading dosa, sprinkle a little water over it. If it sizzles
immediately, then the griddle is hot enough. Wipe with a clean rag
or half a raw onion and proceed.
for making soft chappati dough While making paneer from milk, don't
throw away the paneer water. This nutritious water can be used for
making soft dough for chapatis or can be used to cook dals.
left-over riceRefrigerate leftover cooked rice in a well-sealed
container. Reheat cold rice with a sprinkling of water in a microwave
oven or in a covered pot over low heat.