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Wash vegetables before peeling or cutting to preserve the water soluble vitamins.
Pyaas
Keep onions in the refrigerator before cutting, to avoid tears.
Wood Is Good
Avoid Knives from getting blunt by using a wooden board while chopping.
Bright Color of Any Vegetable
For maintaining the bright color of any vegetable don't forget to put it in ice cold water as soon as you blanch them.
Add salt to the boiling water
While making any pasta add salt to the boiling water in which you are cooking it. That will be the only chance you get to salt it. Add salt after the water boils. If you add it before , it will take a longer time to boil.
Avoid Tears
Chill Onion is refrigerator before cutting to avoid tears. One other way to avoid tears is to soak peeled onion in water before cutting.
If the batter is watery
When you are making vadas, if the batter is watery - you will have the problem of oil splattering when you fry it. Add a tablespoon of ghee to the batter and your problem will be solved.
To Maintain bright green color
Add a pinch of sugar while cooking any green leaf vegetables. This will help maintain the bright green color.
Oil while making deep fried dish While make any deep fried dish, if the hot oil starts foaming and rises in the pan, add a small piece of tamarind to the oil. This will prevent foaming and spill over.
sticky rice To avoid sticky rice, soak washed rice in water for at least ten minutes before cooking. A teaspoon of oil can be added to get separate grains of cooked rice.
Excess Salt Excess salt in any dish can be brought down by adding diced potatoes, tomatoes or a teaspoon of sugar.
Cauliflower
Always soak cauliflower in warm salted water for some time to get rid of the tiny insects sometimes present deep inside the florets and not visible to the eye.
Retain more flavor
You can steam vegetables in a basket over simmering water. They'll retain more flavor and won't need any salt.
Avoid Burning
Always use heavy bottom vessels to make desserts, to avoid buring.
If leafy vegetable dal is too watery, mix rice flour with little water and add to dal and cook for few minutes.
To thicken any gravy or soup add corn flour to it. It is an excellent thickening agent. Remember to mix it in good water before adding to avoid lumps.
CRUMBS FOR FREE WITH LEFTOVER BREAD Here is a novel way of getting plenty of breadcrumbs at no extra cost! Collect left over bread slices, shred them and store them in a large bowl. Leave the bowl uncovered in the refrigerator till the shredded pieces become hard and crispy. When you have collected enough grind them to a fine powder. Store in an air-tight container and use them whenever required.
Soak and wash sweet potatoes and potatoes well as they are grown under the soil. Use them with skin as the skin is more nutritious.
To take tamarind juice immediately put the tamarind in hot water.
Add a pinch of sugar while boiling/cooking green beans.This will retain the color of the beans even after cooked.
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