Friday, February 13, 2009

Kitchen Tips

We spend most of our time in kitchen. Here are a few tips on "Get Easy with Cooking"

  • Put some neem and turmeric pieces or garlic flakes in the container where you store rice or grains, in order to keep away insects.
  • To adjust salt in curries add roasted rice powder.
  • If the curd is too sour, add 4 cups of water to it. After half an hour, remove the water collected on top.
  • Add some vinegar in the boiling water before steaming potato.
  • Put some bits of lemon peels in the pressure cooker while cooking, the cooker will remain white inside.
  • While chopping raw bananas and potatoes, put the pieces in a bowl of water to avoid it from turning black.
  • A bay leaf added to the flour container will keep the flour free from moisture.
  • To peel garlic flakes easily, wash and soak them in cold water for about an hour.
  • Green peas will retain their original colour, if you add a pinch of sugar while boiling.
  • Leafy vegetables will remain fresh longer, if wrapped in news papers when you are storing.
  • Add a pinch of sugar while cooking spinach, it will retain its green colour.
  • If you don't have any cream to add in the soup or gravy, add a mixture of butter and milk.
  • Apply some oil on the sides of the vessel in which you boil milk, in order to avoid it from overflowing.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda while mixing the dough for 'chappathi' to make it soft.
  • Keep boiled eggs in cold water for 5 minutes, this will make removal of the shell easier.
  • Cut boiled eggs with a knife dipped in hot water to avoid breaking.
  • If the bread is too soft to cut into pieces, hold the knife close to a flame and then slice the bread with it.
  • If you want to make crispy potatoes or banana chips, sprinkle salt water over them while frying.
  • If a curry turns out too salty, garnish it with some grated coconut mixed with cumin powder.
  • To remove stains from vessels, rub it with a wet cloth dipped in baking soda.
  • To clean non stick pans easily, pour some warm water into it and keep it for some time and then wash it with any detergent.
  • To remove the smell of masala form mixi, put few pieces of dry bread and powder it.

6 comments:

Hima said...

Great tips Aruna. The pics used in the blogs are also too good. I know that you are an all rounder. Your house looks beautiful!!!

ARUNA said...

Thanks to the Photographer Hima, and that wud b me....lol!!!

krishna said...

I like this section too did'nt know many of them.One more thing if the food is too salty try adding lemon that wud increase the flavour n reduce the salt too.

ARUNA said...

thanks for the tip Chaitanya!

n33ma said...

Really handy tips.

Elra said...

What a fantastic and great tip for the kitchen Aruna. THis is really helpful!