Jan 12, 2012

Cooking Tips/ Tricks

  • Add a little rice flour to the gram flour while mixing the dough for crisp pakodas.
  • Garlic skin comes off easily if the garlic flakes are warmed a little before peeling.
  • For making Chapati very soft, While making dough of chapati or puri, add little milk and ghee (clarifying butter) or oil.
  • If you want thick gravy add some maida or cornflour in few tablespoons of water and mix well till maida or cornflour dissolves, add this into gravy and it will become thick. You can do same with soup also.
  • Excess salt in any dish can be brought down by adding diced potatoes, tomatoes or a tsp. sugar or add some ball of dough its soak extra salt.
  • To avoid tears from onion, soak the peel onion in water before cutting or place the onion into refrigerator to chill.
  • A pinch of turmeric powder added to all kinds of pulses when cooking hastens the cooking process.
  • For maintaining the bright color of green vegetables, add pinch of sugar while cooking.
  • For maintaining the bright color of vegetable due to blanch time, don’t forget to put it in to ice water after blanching.
  • To get crisp and golden dosa’s, add tsp. of fenugreek seeds into urad dal while grinding the paste.
  • To keep apples from turning brown, add little citrus juice like the juice of a lemon or orange and toss apples in it.
  • While making pasta; Add salt in boiling water, its helps in taking a longer time to boil and add little oil, which helps in clumping the pasta together.
  • To save your sugar from ants put some cloves in the jar.
  • Save ravaa or semolina from worm, roast lightly, cool and keep it in air-tight jar.
  • To store green chillies for longer, remove the stalk and keep in tight glass bottles in the fridge.
  • When you make roti or prantha, add one medium sized spoon yogurt instead of oil or desi ghee, you will make soft roti, without oil… it’s helpful for low calorie food.
  • Add finely sliced coconut pieces into the curd to bring down its sour taste.
  • For making daniya (coriander) dip or pudina dip (mint) tastier and better in color, add some tsp. of curd in it.
  • After cutting sour things like lime, lemon, pineapple etc., wash the knife immediately otherwise knife become blunt.
  • To remove coconut from the shell easily, break the coconut and keep in the fridge overnight.
  • Eating cauliflower makes the stomach bloated, for this problem we should slightly boil the cauliflower and throw the water, before cooking it.



  1. Thnx preeti for the simple tips!!

  2. thnx for ur tips dear especially this one- When you make roti or chpati or paratha, put 1 medium spoon yogurt in dough, insted of oil, you will make soft roti, without oil. and the cauliflower one!!! looking forward for more tips!!!


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