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To chill any water based drink (like thandai, juices) use chilled water or crushed icecubes while making, so that chilling time can be drastically reduced.
Rub a piece of lime (used) inside the lunch box to get rid of strong odours (like garlic) before rinsing off.
Add contents of a capsule of b complex to the water in your vase to make the flowers last longer.
Replace sweets and candy with a few dry fruits like almonds, etc. for after lunch munching. So much healthier.
Toast a few slices of bread till crisp. Grind into fine bread crumbs. Store in a tight glass jar. Use as a handy thickener for gravies, soups, etc., if they feel too watery.
Immerse nails in hot water for a while before nailing into the wall. This will keep the surrounding plaster from coming off.
Coriander leaves will stay fresh if placed in a polythene bag and stored in the fridge.
Always use the back of a perforated spoon to make the frying puris puff up. Use the non-puffed ones to make chaat, bhel, etc.
For a shortcut method of making stuffed veggies fast, use a small pressure cooker instead of a Pan, proceed by adding oil, and working as you would in the pan. But once all ingredients are Added, and water, then shut cooker and allow one whistle. Usually the vegetable gets done just Right. One may required some trials as to amount of water required. Veggies like gherkins, Stuffed ridge gourds, brinjals, etc. can be made in this manner.
Whenever lemon slices are added to any tea, make sure to remove every single seed, or the tea Will taste bitter.
To prevent fresh coconut milk from turning rancid add a pinch of salt to it. This will help preserve it for a few hours.
To allow free flow of sauce from a sauce bottle to a pourer, insert a drinking straw half way, into the bottle and hold it there lightly with one hand while pouring with the other.
Put a firm banana for company with still to ripen tomatoes, into a closed basket or a loose Plastic bag. They will ripen very fast.
While cutting onions keep the water tap running to avoid watery eyes.
Eye Puffiness
Make a pack of raw potato peels, by folding in a wet gauze. Place two such packs over eyes for 15-20 minutes. Regularly used, this helps in reducing puffiness under the eyes and dark circles.
Sour buttermilk obtained after churning cream into butter can be used for preparing instant dosas. Warm a little fine semolina and maida and add to the buttermilk and prepare dosa batter. Keep it aside for half an hour and fry the dosas. You can add salt, chopped onions, green chillies and coriander leaves.
Rub cutting boards with 1/2 a lime, cut side down, to rid of garlic, onion and other veggies odours and light discolouration.
Grind slightly warmed and cooled cardamom pods in a small dry mixie. Use a fine Sieve to get fine powder, repeat with the coarse residue till maximum powder is got. Store easily in a clean dry bottle, for months. This way even the flavour of the skin is utilized, more powder is obtained and it is Less dark, so the sweet does not get discoloured if white, etc. in colour.
Add some soaked and ground poha to the leftover dosa batter to make tasty uthappams. Top with chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies.
To make quick chocolate curls: Melt a plain cadburys chocolate slab (8 piece one), spread on a smooth, greased surface like marble or wood. Take a sharp knife, scrape out chocolate keeping the knife in an angular position. The resulting scraped chocolate will come out in the form of long curls. Refrigerate carefully till required for use. Makes aprrox. 2 cups curls.
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