You have to not only learn but also practice to be a master in any field. Benjamin Franklin said “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”. In my little life of 30 years I have been to many cooking classes and read many books. We at SmartLadyLife goes with the collection of best cooking tips and commonly asked FAQs so that you can easily learn cooking here and know what to do and what not to.
Best Cooking Tips, FAQs
Some of the basic cooking questions asked are mentioned here –
➡ How to store Coriander for 1 month?
While storing coriander leaves, store them in a plastic box with tissue paper below, then place the leaves and place a tissue paper on top & close the lid . This way the leaves stay fresh for 15 days.
➡ How to store leafy for summer season?
Get mint, coriander and methi flavor round the year. Buy the herbs while in season. Clean well. Dry in shade and powder. store in an airtight container in the fridge. Add the powder to get the desired flavor in food when fresh leaves are not available.
➡ How to separate coconut from its shell very easily & quickly?
To separate coconut from its shell easily, place over a flame for about three minutes and watch it come out like magic.
➡ How to Peel Potatoes Faster?
To peel new potatoes effectively and fast, soak them in salt added water for sometime before peeling.
➡ Can we use cut Onion for the next day ?
It is very dangerous to cut an Onion and try to use it in the next day, it becomes poisonous in one night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause stomach infections and food poisoning also.
➡ How to Remove excess Salt from Gravy or Curry?
If you feel there’s more salt in the curry or gravy, adding half a potato into it will absorb the additional salt.
➡ How to remove burnt smell from Gravy or Curry?
If your gravy has got burnt, then let the gravy stand for a while. without stirring, pour out the top portion alone . If the gravy has a smoky smell, then add a little sugar and simmer. This will help reduce the burnt smell.
➡ How to set Curd or Dahi quickly?
- Add a green chili(remove the stalk) to curds before setting, it will set faster like an ice cream.
2. To set curd faster place the bowl next to the stove, due to the heat it set faster.
➡ How to soak Chickpeas, dry Green peas, Rajma & any other hard lentils past?
Boil the water and add the lentils to it. Now pour the hot water with lentils in the Vacuum flask and close it. With in 2 hours the lentils will soak very well.
➡ How to store green peas to use in off-season?
First remove the peas from the stem and clean it. Now store the green peas in an air tight container and d-fridge it
➡ How to do quick fermentation of Dosa/Idli?
In winter season, use fruit salt(Eno) in dosa/idli batter for quick fermentation.
➡ How to remove burnt smell from rice?
When cooking rice, if it gets burnt just move the rice into another vessel(without scraping the bottom of the vessel). Moisten a slice of bread and put it on top of the rice for a while. The bread will absorb the burnt smell.
➡ How to remove worms from Cauliflower?
To get rid of worms in cauliflower, dip the cut pieces in salted hot water.
➡ How to extract lemon juice quickly and easily?
- Soak lemons in the hot water for few minutes and then use them
- With the free hand roll lemon on the kitchen platform, it will become smooth and then the juice comes easily.
➡ How to store banana from getting ripen?
After bananas have ripened store in the refrigerator to help slow down ripening. The skin will turn dark but this does not damage the fruit inside.
➡ what to do to get crispy papad?
Before roasting or frying papads, keep them in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This way even soggy and slightly damp papads turn out to be crisp.
➡ How to remove the yellow color from Rice?
The yellowish color from poor quality or old rice can be removed by adding some buttermilk while soaking and boiling the rice. The cooked rice will turn out to be white.
➡ How to grind Rice easily?
To grind rice easily, roast it before grinding.
➡ How to remove burnt smell from Soups & Stews?
You can camouflage the burnt taste from your soups & stews by pouring the liquid gently and carefully into a clean pan and flavor it with curry powder or mustard or some chutney.
➡ How to store green chillies for long time?
Preserve green chillies for over 15 days in the refrigerator by keeping them in a thick paper bag with a small hole at the top.
➡ How to remove the bitterness of bitter gourd?
To remove the bitterness of bitter gourd remove the seeds and rub the inner layer with salt 2 hours before you want to prepare the vegetable.
➡ How to make roti soft and fresh for long time?
To get soft chapattis, rotis and puris, add hot water to the dough while kneading.
To keep food items like rotis fresh, wrap them with napkins made out of cotton cloth.
For easily digestible chapattis, add some rice flour to the wheat flour while mixing chapati dough.
➡ How to remove milk smell from vessels?
Milk tends to leave its smell in the vessels even long after its use. Rinse the vessel with vinegar to leave it odorless and bacteria free without any chemical residue.
➡ How to separate chips/wafer from each other?
To avoid wafer from sticking to each other while frying sprinkle some salt added water on the potato & banana slices before frying.
➡ What to do with left over Idli or Dhoklas?
Crumble left over Idli or Dhoklas , cook it like Upma. Sizzle it with black gram seeds, Bengal Gram, green chillies, asafoetida and serve hot.
➡ What to do to taste rice better?
Rice taste good if u add a few drops of home-made ghee while boiling it.
Before boiling Potatoes, add a few drops of lemon juice to the water. The vessel will not turn black.
➡ How to remove stickiness from Ladies finger?
While cooking add a few drops of lemon juice or a spoonful of curd to the ladies fingers for a crispy taste.
➡ How to give taste to the vegetables added to soups?
Vegetables added to a soup taste better if you saute them in a little butter first.
➡ What to do to curd rice not to get sour?
Prevent curd rice from turning sour during summer by adding fresh curd to the cooked rice along with salt. Cook the curd rice in a pressure cooker for one whistle. Add seasoning. This curd rice will not turn sour for two days even if kept without refrigerator.
➡ How to avoid cuts on the fingers while cutting leafy?
Instead of using a knife to cut chillies, coriander leaves or leafy vegetables, use scissors. This way you can avoid cuts on your fingers.
➡ What to do with leftover chapattis?
Don’t waste leftover chapattis from the previous night. Crush them in a blender and then heat ghee in a pan by adding jaggery, when the jaggery melts completely, add the chapatti powder to it. A delicious sweet ready in 5 minutes.
➡ What to add to the gravy to make thick?
To make thick gravy for chole, take 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, heat it and add besan flour. Keep stirring till it turns golden brown and gives off an aroma. Add this to the cooked chole. It will taste excellent with the thick gravy.
➡ How to keep cheese free from fungus?
Cheese can be kept free from fungus by placing a lump of sugar in the cheese dish. The sugar absorbs the moisture and keeps cheese fresh.
➡ How to remove Walnuts easily?
Soak walnuts in water for sometime before cracking them. They will easily break.
➡ What to do to Apples & pears to retain their color?
Apples & Pears will retain their color if dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled
➡ What to do to remove sourness from buttermilk?
If buttermilk has got sour just add some water and allow it to settle for a few hours. Then pour out the top thin portion of the buttermilk. You will be surprised to see that the buttermilk will smell fresh.
➡ How to keep ghee fresh and odorless?
While heating the butter to make homemade ghee, add a piece of betel leaf when you are about to remove the ghee from fire. This keeps the ghee fresh for long and also gives good aroma and flavor.
➡ How to prevent less oil absorption while deep-frying?
One tbsp of vinegar added to oil while deep-frying foods will prevent them from absorbing too much oil.
➡ What to do if the curd is not set?
If the curd is not properly set, keep the curd container in warm water & cover it with a lid. The curd will set properly in 20 – 25 minutes.
➡ How to get fluffier Idlis?
Never beat Idli batter too much because the air which has already incorporated during fermentation is lost.
While grinding Idli or dosa batter, add some methi seeds along with the urad dal. The Idlis and Dosas will come out softer and tastier.
➡ How to cut cake easily?
To cut cake properly, use a wet knife.
➡ How to remove fat from Soup?
Fat can be easily removed from hot soup by floating a large lettuce leaf on the surface.
➡ What to do to increase the flavor in Dal?
Before pressure cooking Dal, just roast it in a frying pan. The Dal will have a new tasty flavor.
➡ How to prevent Bananas from becoming black?
While chopping raw bananas put the pieces in a bowl of water to avoid it from turning black.
➡ What if oil starts forming & raising?
Sometimes hot oil starts forming and begins rising in the pan. Dissipate the foam to avoid this situation by adding a marble sized ball of tamarind to the oil.
➡ What to do if the cutlet batter becomes thin?
If the batter of cutlet becomes thin, add some dry poha(beaten rice). It will soak in the extra water.
➡ How to clean greasy exhaust fan & platform?
Clean your greasy kitchen platform by pouring 100 ml, kerosene on it & allowing it to remain for an hour. Wash with detergent powder & warm water. The grease will come off quite easily and platform will be sparking clean.
➡ What to do if butter sticks to hands while churned cream?
Smear your hands with tamarind juice while collecting butter from churned cream. The butter will not stick to your hands.
➡ How to stop milk from overflow?
When boiling milk, rub a little oil on the rim of the container so that the milk won’t over-spill while boiling.
➡ What to do to save dry fruits from insects?
Store dry fruits in a plastic packet in the refrigerator. They will not get infested with insects, and stay fresh longer too.
➡ How to prevent Potatoes & Brinjal from becoming dark?
Prevent Potatoes & Brinjal from turning dark by adding them straight into cold water.
➡ How to make pakoras softer?
Add a little curd to the batter to make pakoras soft.
➡ How to make black bottom pressure cooker to white & clean?
Put a small piece of lemon or tamarind in the bottom pf the pressure cooker, so that the cooker will not become black.
➡ How to ripe tomatoes faster?
To ripen the raw tomatoes sooner, keep them in a plastic bag along with a banana.
➡ How to keep termites away from cupboard?
To keep termites away from your cupboard by fitting a 40 or 60 watt bulb inside the damp cupboard and leaving it on through the night every day for 15 days.
So those were some of the best cooking tips according to us. Do let us know what we should include more?
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