Cooking Tips!

To prevent the insides of the cooker from turning black:
Add a piece of tamarind or lemon peel to the cooker while boiling.

To preserve the white color in cauliflower and cabbage:
Add a teaspoon of milk or milk powder while cooking.

To prevent the burn sensation after grinding chilies:
Dip the hands in cold milk.

To prevent milk from curdling while boiling:
Add a pinch pf baking soda to it and it will regain its freshness.

To save oil while frying:
Add a pinch of salt to the oil while frying 'pakodas' or 'koftas' and you will use up less oil.

If potatoes or carrots get over-cooked:
Mash them well and serve with butter or use it as a batter for preparing cutlets.

To soften cream cheese quickly:
Remove it from the foil wrapper and microwave it on medium for 30-40 seconds.

When soups and stews get burnt:
Renew its taste By pouring the liquid gently and carefully into a clean pan and flavor with curry powder or mustard or some chutney to camouflage the burnt taste.

When a recipe calls for instant coffee:
Substitute instant espresso powder for an extra boost.

To remove bitterness from karela:
Slit it from the middle and rub a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd over it. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour, before cooking.

To regain freshness in stale chapattis:
Wrap them in a clean cloth and pack them in an airtight container that will fit into the pressure cooker and pressure cook for two whistles and serve fresh and hot.

To determine if baking powder is still active:
Add 1 teaspoon to 1/3 cup of hot water. If it bubbles vigorously, it's still active and will give good baking results.

Save your margarine or butter wrappers to grease your baking pans:
Fold in half the wrappers and put in refrigerator. Take out and add a little shortening and spread in pan, then throw away.

Retain the green of vegetables:
Green vegetables lose colour if subjected to continuous heat. So, do not overcook them.

Tired Of Sticky Measuring Spoons & Cups?
Before measuring honey, syrup, or molasses spray the measuring spoon or cup with a coating of nonstick cooking spray. The sticky ingredients slides right out with no mess on the spoon or cup.

Use your pizza cutter!!
It does a great job cutting rolled out dumplin's into squares. Or use it to cut up the kid's waffles or pancakes.

To prevent icing from running off your cake:
Dust the surface lightly with cornstarch.

To keep your bananas from going too ripe too fast:
Keep them in a plastic bag.

To avoid stickiness in Rice:
Add a few drops of lemon juice to the rice while cooking, you will find that the grains of rice will remain separate.

For crispy lady fingers:
Add a few drops of lemon juice while cooking for a crispy taste.

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.

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.

Make a 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.