Cooking Tips By Expert Master Chefs

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A teaspoon of ghee

A teaspoon of ghee with a pinch of turmeric powder when added to half a cup of dal before pressure-cooking it will enhance the flavour.

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Add 1 teaspoon of

Add 1 teaspoon of hot oil to homemade pastes of garlic, ginger or green chillies, along with salt to make them last longer and taste fresher.

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Add a few drops

Add a few drops of lemon juice while preparing sugar syrup. The impurities will collect on the surface, which you can then remove.

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Add a pinch of

Add a pinch of sugar to the batter when making waffles and pancakes to help them brown faster while cooking.

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Add dalia while grinding

Add dalia while grinding mint chutney. The chutney will taste better and will not become watery.

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Add few pieces of

Add few pieces of raw mango while cooking bitter gourd. It will not only remove the bitterness but also add to the flavor of the curry.

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Add fresh celery leaves

Add fresh celery leaves to the pan while cooking shrimps as it helps to remove the fishy odour.

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Add one teaspoon of

Add one teaspoon of lemon juice to each quarter of water when cooking rice, this will keep the rice fluffy.

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Add soaked and ground

Add soaked and ground poha to the leftover dosa batter to make tasty uttappams. Top with chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies.

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Adding two or three

Adding two or three grams of cooking salt to homemade ghee while you are making it helps to keep it fresh for longer.

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After cutting a jackfruit

After cutting a jackfruit into two if you find it is not ripe enough, cover it tightly with a clean muslin cloth.

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Always powder citric acid

Always powder citric acid crystals before adding to any preserve or murabba. It will blend into the recipe much better and faster.

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Always set puddings and

Always set puddings and jellies till firm, but do not allow them to freeze hard. They will lose their original lightness by doing so.

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Baking the beetroots helps

Baking the beetroots helps to retain their colour. They also become tender but not limp.

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Be extra careful when

Be extra careful when you melt chocolate in a double boiler as even a drop of water touching the chocolate can harden it.

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Before cooking or frying

Before cooking or frying fish, add a little vinegar or lemon juice to the marinade. This will keep the fish pieces firm.

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Do not throw away

Do not throw away the syrup from canned fruits. Add some cornflour to it and cook till it thickens. Use it as a sauce for cakes.

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Do not throw out

Do not throw out leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

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Don t cook tomatoes

Don’t cook tomatoes at a rolling boil. They will burst and turn acidic. For sweet, mellow tomatoes, simmer slowly.

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Dried chillies should be

Dried chillies should be soaked before grinding so that they become soft and make a fine paste.

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For retaining the shiny

For retaining the shiny green colour of green peas, boil them in boiling water for 5 minutes and then immediately refresh in cold water.

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Fresh spices and herbs

Fresh spices and herbs should be added towards the end of cooking. But add the dry spices earlier especially in dishes that cook fast.

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If beetroot is to

If beetroot is to be used in any salad, toss it in just before serving the salad or its colour will run into other ingredients.

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If cookies come out

If cookies come out too hard, place them in a bag with a bread slice overnight. Cookies absorb the moisture of bread and become soft.

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If mushrooms are very

If mushrooms are very large, the stalks are likely to be tough; therefore they should be discarded. Always tear rather than cut oyster mushrooms.

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If using nutmeg add

If using nutmeg, add freshly grated nutmeg only at the end of cooking as heat diminishes the flavour.

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If you add a

If you add a few teaspoons of oil while boiling lentils, it will not only prevent a spill over but the lentils will cook well too.

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If you are using

If you are using wine in a risotto, add it before any other liquid as the dry rice will quickly absorb its flavour.

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If you butter the

If you butter the rim of a pan in which you are going to cook rice or pasta, it will not boil over.

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If you don t

If you don’t have sour cream, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to every half pint of fresh cream and stir. Let it stand for 10 minutes before use.

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If your chicken curry

If your chicken curry is too spicy, add sufficient curd to make the taste and flavor milder.

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In order to prevent

In order to prevent fruit from darkening as it poaches, keep it submerged in the cooking liquid.

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Instant noodles when crushed

Instant noodles when crushed and deep fried, make an excellent topping for soups and salads.

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Leafy vegetables retain their

Leafy vegetables retain their natural colour if cooked in an open vessel with less water rather than in a covered one.

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Marinate kebabs twice First

Marinate kebabs twice. First, in a light marinade like garlic, salt and lemon juice. Then, for a few hours in the main marinade.

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Muffins will slide right

Muffins will slide right out of tin pans if the hot pan is first placed on a wet towel.

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Never cook mushrooms in

Never cook mushrooms in aluminium pans. The mushrooms will darken.

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Never fry saffron directly

Never fry saffron directly in hot oil or butter. This will ruin the flavour.

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Never keep raw eggs

Never keep raw eggs and fish together as raw eggs will get a fishy smell.

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Overflowing of soup rasam

Overflowing of soup (rasam, saru) while cooking can be prevented by placing a wooden spoon inside the vessel.

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Pasta for a salad

Pasta for a salad should be a little undercooked, so that it will not become soggy when it is mixed with the dressing.

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Place chopped vegetables in

Place chopped vegetables in a large bowl of ice cold water before preparing a salad. This will give a fresh, crisp, crunchy feel to it.

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Quickly stir in 1

Quickly stir in 1 teaspoon of butter or cream when the scrambled eggs start to overcook. This will prevent the eggs from becoming tough.

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Remove the tough strings

Remove the tough strings from beans before slicing for cooking.

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Resist adding baking soda

Resist adding baking soda to soften the beans. Baking soda keeps beans from absorbing moisture and may destroy some nutrients.

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Set jelly has a

Set jelly has a thick chewy layer at the bottom? Always ensure that the gelatin has dissolved very well.

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Shelled nuts will last

Shelled nuts will last much longer, up to a year, if you keep them stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container or bag.

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Since a paste of

Since a paste of raw onions will turn bitter with time, always fry them in a little oil and then grind.

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Skim any froth off

Skim any froth off the jam just before filling the jars. If you try to do it earlier you may skim away a lot of the jam.

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Slice fruits immediately after

Slice fruits immediately after removing from the refrigerator. It is firmer and easier to slice when cold.

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Slicing raw meat in

Slicing raw meat in thin strips for stir-frying (for Chinese or Thai cooking) is easier if you freeze it first for about one hour.

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Soak tamarind in warm

Soak tamarind in warm water for getting maximum extract and a smooth paste.

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Something boiled over onto

Something boiled over onto the stovetop? A sprinkle of salt will absorb the juices and stop the smoking.

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Sprinkle chilli powder and

Sprinkle chilli powder and asafoetida on papads before storing them. They will keep away ants and insects.

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Sun dry sago for

Sun dry sago for half an hour before frying. This will ensure that the centers, which otherwise may remain hard, get fried well.

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The best way to

The best way to thaw fish is in milk. The milk draws out the frozen taste and gives the fish a fresh flavour.

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The core of pumpkin

The core of pumpkin becomes a tasty chutney when fried lightly and ground to a paste with green chillies, tamarind and salt.

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To cut any rolled

To cut any rolled rounds in desired shapes use a pizza cutter instead of a knife.

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To get most juice

To get most juice out of fresh lemons, roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

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To give a subtle

To give a subtle garlic flavour to salads, cut a garlic clove and rub the inside of the salad bowl with it.

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To heat leftover tortillas

To heat leftover tortillas, dip them in water and place them on a lightly greased skillet. Cook over medium heat.

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To keep cottage cheese

To keep cottage cheese soft and luscious after deep frying, dip it in lukewarm water to which a pinch of turmeric powder is added.

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To keep sweet corn

To keep sweet corn yellow in colour, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to the cooking water one minute before removing it from heat.

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To make good crispy

To make good crispy bhaturas, add one teaspoon semolina to every cup of refined flour while kneading the dough.

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To make softer dhoklas

To make softer dhoklas, add a little cream to the batter.

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To melt crystallized honey

To melt crystallized honey, place the container in a pan or bowl of hot water and let it stand until the honey melts.

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To obtain a perfectly

To obtain a perfectly whipped cream for dessert toppings, chill the beater, cream & the cream bowl for two to three hours before using.

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To obtain soft and

To obtain soft and flaky paranthas add ghee instead of oil to the flour while kneading the dough.

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To prevent fungus in

To prevent fungus in pickles, burn some hing over hot coals and invert the empty pickle jar over it for some time.

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To prevent rings used

To prevent rings used in pressure cookers from elongating in the heat, place them in the freezer when not in use.

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To prevent the icing

To prevent the icing on cakes from cracking, add a teaspoon of condensed milk while preparing it.

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To prevent your chocolate

To prevent your chocolate cake from having white streaks on the brown crusts, dust greased cake pans with cocoa powder instead of flour.

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To reduce the sourness

To reduce the sourness of tomatoes while cooking paneer curry, add milk instead of water.

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To remove bitterness from

To remove bitterness from fenugreek leaves, add a teaspoon of sugar when the vegetable is almost cooked.

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To remove the skins

To remove the skins of garlic cloves easily, lightly roast them and rub between the folds of a kitchen towel.

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