COOKING TIPS AND TERMS

Cooking has no set rules and is very individualistic in nature. Though, we relish standardised taste of the restaurants, at home we do enjoy the different taste of a dish every time its cooked. Here are some tricks which are easy and may help in easing out the kitchen issues. Have a look 😎 



     Microwave Safe Dish


    Put the dish in the microwave with a measuring cup filled with water. Heat for one minute at the highest power. If the dish is cold as compared to water, then it’s safe to use as a microwave dish.

     Boiling Eggs

    To keep eggshells from cracking whilst boiling, add a few drops of vinegar to the water.

     Marinating

    Marinating means to soak food in either oil, spices or seasonings, to make it tender and enhance its flavour.

    Tender Chicken

    To soften chicken first marinate it in buttermilk.

    Lemon Juice

    Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds. It will increase the juice you squeeze.

    Crispy French Fries

    To improve the crispness of French-fries, let the raw potatoes first stand in cold water for at least half an hour.

    To Make Upma’s Tasty

    To enhance the taste of upma, add curds or tamarind water instead of plain water.

    Quick Cooking

    Cooking in pressure cookers and flat-bottomed pans also helps in saving time. Besides, using non-stick ware for cooking is also a good idea as these utensils ensure that less oil is consumed.

    To Make Soft And Fluffy Idlis

    Soak the Ural dal and Rice separately for about 5 hours. Grind separately too for 10 mins. Mix well and add salt to them. Place in room temperature for about 10-12 hours until the dough ferments. Add cooked rice to the batter.

    To Make Soft Chapatis

    To make soft chapatis or rotis, add fresh yogurt to knead the dough instead of water, and cover the dough with a light moist cloth. Even after rolling the dough into chapati cover them with a soft cloth.

    Baking Times

    A good cooking tip is to always set your timer 5 to 10 minutes earlier than what the recipe calls for. Oven temperatures vary. Leaving your dish in for too long could cause it to overcook.

    Sautéing

    When you sauté an item, you cook it in an oil or substance, preferably flavoured, over medium heat.

    Simmering

    This means heating a substance to a high temperature. It comes close to boiling, but does not get hot enough to create bubbles. Keep stirring occasionally so that the food doesn’t stick to the bottom.

    Boil Milk Without Constant Stirring

    While boiling milk you need to stir constantly; otherwise it tends to burn at the bottom of the pan. To avoid this, especially when thickening it, simply place a tiny porcelain/stainless steel bowl inverted in the pan before pouring in the milk. This will do the job of stirring by creating light ripples in the milk and will prevent it from burning at the bottom of the pan.😄

    Extra Salt

    If the food comes out too salty, add a little lemon zest. It will help balance out the flavour. Or add a ball of kneaded atta, it will absorb excess salt.

    Boiling Eggs/Potatoes Without Cracking

    Add a pinch of salt into the water taken for boiling the eggs or potatoes . This will prevent them from cracking.

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