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To peel baby onions/pearl onions easily,soak them in cold water for 20 minutes.
Use warm water for kneading dough to get soft rotis.
To set curd faster, add a slit green chillie to it.
Add a pinch of sugar while boiling green peas to retain their green colour.
If you run out of time or get up late in the morning, instant oats will come handy.Oats with banana is not only filling but takes just 10 minutes to prepare and is also very healthy.
Keep brown bread and a few chutneys like tomato chutney, green chutney etc with you, which will serve as a side dish for idly, dosa, pongal and can also be used as a spread for sandwiches and bread toast.
Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water.
When seasoning a salad, use coarse sea salt mixed with a little olive oil. It will stay crunchy when combined with the vinaigrette.
Add cheese rinds to vegetable or meat broths for another dimension of flavor.
Marinating meat with citrus can give it a mealy texture. If you like citrus, a little squeeze of lemon or lime is always a good way to finish the dish instead.
Smash garlic cloves inside a resealable plastic bag with the back of a knife. That way, your cutting board and knife won't smell.
When you're browning meat, you should blot the surface dry with a paper towel so the meat doesn't release moisture when it hits the hot oil. Too much moisture makes the meat steam instead of sear, and you will lose that rich brown crust.
For safety, put a wine cork on the tip of a knife before putting the knife in a drawer.
Do not use oil in the water when boiling pasta: It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.
Instead of placing a chicken on a roasting rack, cut thick slices of onion, put them in an oiled pan, then place the chicken on top. The onion will absorb the chicken juices. After roasting, let the chicken rest while you make a sauce with the onions by adding a little stock or water to the pan and cooking it for about 3 minutes on high heat.
For an easy weeknight meal, save and freeze leftover sauces from previous meals in ice cube trays. The cubes can be reheated in a saut pan when you need a quick sauce.
For best results when you're baking, leave butter and eggs at room temperature overnight.
Always season meat and fish evenly; sprinkle salt and pepper as though it's "snowing." This will avoid clumping or ending up with too much seasoning in some areas and none in others.
For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.
After making eggs sunny-side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar, then drizzle the sauce on the eggs to add another dimension to the dish.
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