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Eggs will not crack Pierce eggs with a sharp pin before boiling. This way you will prevent them from cracking.
Prevent onions from burning, frying Add a little milk to onions while frying, this will help retain a rich colour and prevent them from burning.
Speedy cooking - Dal Add a little oil and turmeric powder to the dal before placing it in the cooker. It will get done in 10 minutes flat.
Instant Lemonade Pour lemon juice with sugar and a little salt into ice trays, to make cubes which can be used for instant lemonade.
Fruit cake taste enhancer Give rich fruit cake a lovely flavor when you are making it by adding a cup of black coffee.
Curry turned out a bit oily and pungent ? Take two bread slices and powder them coarsely. Add this to the curry and mix well. Bread absorbs the excess oil and spice.
Fluffy Omlete For lighter fluffier omelets, add 1 tbsp. of water for each egg, instead of milk. The difference is truly amazing.
To remove excess oil in any fried vegetables Sprinkle a little gramflour over the vegetables. Gramflour absorbs the excess oil and makes the vegetable tastier.
Soft fluffy omelet Heat a non-stick pan and add a little more butter than usual. Now beat the egg and stir briskly (even while frying) with a fork. This way more air goes in your omelet, making it light and fluffy. Fry till done and serve hot.
Nutritional Way Of Cooking
While cooking vegetables, cover the pan with a lid and pour a little water on the lid. As the dish simmers, drops of water condense within the lid and fall on to the vegetables. You lose fewer nutrients cooking this way.
Crisp Pakodas
To make crispy pakodas, add a tablespoon of hot cooking oil to the gram flour batter and stir well before frying.
Soup Ideas
After rice is boiled, strain off the water and use it in soups and gravies. The residue is extremely nourishing.
Burnt Rice Fix
If you burn a pot of rice, place a slice of white or "light" bread on the top of the rice.  Let it sit for a few minutes (5-10).  The burnt taste will be gone but be sure not to scrape the bottom of the pan!
Cabbage smell When cooking brassicas (cabbage etc.) add a bayleaf this will reduce the smell during cooking and also give a subtle flavour.
Mushroom Cooking
Never cook mushrooms in aluminum pans because the mushrooms will darken!
Mustard Oil Cooking
Smoke Mustard oil first before using for preparing vegetables etc. Heating to a point till light white smoke emerges from it. This would remove the potency from the oil.
Guilt free oil fries :
when your are making fries,papads etc add little salt to the oil and fry so that fries will not absorb lot of oil
Garlic Peeling
Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.
Roast Cooking Tip
A roast with the bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast - the bone carries the heat to the inside of the roast quicker.
Meat Slicing
To slice meat into thin strips, as for Chinese dishes - partially freeze and it will slice easily.
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