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While cooking ladyfingers (okra) add a few drops of lemon juice or a spoonful of yogurt to avoid becoming sticky.
Add a handful of puffed rice to leftover tomato vegetable. Mix well, heat a little, and serve as a tasty snack, after garnishing with chopped coriander.
Coconut milk when kept overnight in the fridge forms a white layer on top. This layer can be used as fat instead of oil for frying mutton or chicken.
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.
While cutting onions keep the water tap running to avoid watery eyes.
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.
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.
The art of making good naan khatais lies in beating of the mixture till it becomes light and fluffy. Also only vanaspati should be used to make them.
Keep pan in which any vegetables are cooked, covered, after taking off fire, aside, for a few minutes. This will help the vegetable absorb the juices in. This also allow the hot vessel to blend the flavours slowly, to make the vegtable better, generally.
Never add pineapple as is, to jellies, etc. since it will not set well and taste bitter too. Always Boil in a little sweetened water, and drain, or use canned fruit (if you must).
Add a few drops of limejuice and a tsp. of ghee to rice before boiling to separate each grain.
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