|Tips - Totkay
Make a soft fluffy
omelet (NEW) :
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."
Prevent onions from
burning, frying (NEW) :
Add a little milk to onions while frying, this will help retain a rich colour and prevent them from burning."
Cook pulses like chana etc. (NEW) :
Even if you have forgotten to soak them
overnight. Just put the chana in a flask full of boiling water for an hour. They are ready for cooking."
Okra will not stick to
the vessel (NEW) :
Adding a spoonful of curd to the Okra while cooking while ensure that they do not stick to the vessel or turn black."
To remove excess oil in
any fried vegetables (NEW) :
Sprinkle a little gram
flour over the vegetables. Gram flour absorbs the excess oil and makes the vegetable tastier."
Avoid sticky rice :
Add a few drops of lemon juice & a pinch of sugar to the rice while cooking."
Brown onions faster :
Onions will brown faster if 1/2 teaspoon of salt is added to the onions while frying."
Crisp dosas :
To make dosas more crisp, add half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to the lentil and rice mixture while soaking."
Crisp onions better :
Onions will turn out crispier if soaked in milk for a little while before frying."
Crisp pakodas :
Add a little corn flour to the
gram flour while mixing the dough."
Crispy lady finger (okra) :
While cooking add a few drops of lemon juice OR a spoonful of curd to the ladyfingers for a crispy taste."
Easy garlic skin removal :
Garlic skin comes off easily if the garlic flakes are warmed a little before peeling."
Fluffier idlies :
Never beat idli batter too much because the air which has already incorporated during fermentation is lost."
Fluffier idlies (another way) :
While grinding rice for idlis, add 1/5 quantity of soaked flaked rice (poha)."
Perfect rice :
Add a few drops of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. ghee while cooking rice to make the it whiter and keep the grain unbroken."
Potato cutlets :
For better salt absorption, add it to the water in which the potato are boiling."
Prevent egg smell in cakes :
To get rid of the smell of eggs in the cakes, add one tablespoon honey to the cake batter while beating it."
Removing fat from soups :
Fat can be easily removed from hot soup by floating a large lettuce leaf on the surface."
Safe cooking with oil :
Sometimes hot oil starts foaming and starts rising in the pan. Dissipate the foam to avoid this situation by adding a marble sized ball of tamarind to the oil."
Salty soup fix :
Place a raw potato in the bowl & it will absorb the extra salt."