Cooking is an art which requires years of experience. Not everyone can boast of a tasty feast to treat their taste buds. Here are a few effective cookery tips from the kitchens of India to help you make your meals even more delicious.
Make Basmati Out Of Ordinary Rice While cooking ordinary rice, add 2-3 dry and whole bay leaves. Remove these after the rice is cooked. This gives the rice a distinct aroma and delicate flavour. a la Basmati.
Make Your Home-Made Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Soft And Fresh Here are some tips to prepare paneer that's soft and fresh. The milk used to prepare paneer should be heated in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium flame. Dissolve about 1/4 th teaspoon of fresh lemon juice in two table-spoons of water. When the milk is just about to rise, pour this lemon water slowly into the milk, stirring with a wooden ladle. The milk will start to curdle almost immediately. Keep stirring the milk till the paneer rises to the top, leaving a clear greenish liquid in the pan. Shut off the flame. Strain the paneer in a clean muslin kind of cloth. To prevent the paneer from hardening or becoming rubbery, dip it in cold water for 10 minutes. Hang it for about 2-3 hours to drain water completely. Paneer made in this process remains soft even after frying or cooking. So you can now look forward to tastier curries with paneer!
Cook Crispy Ladyfingers To prepare ladyfingers (bhindi) without getting the vegetable all sticky and messy, wash the vegetable before cutting and wipe it with a clean soft cloth or tissue. While cooking add a sour ingredient --- perhaps tomatoes/kocum/amchur (dried mango powder) or even a teaspoon of lemon juice --- to the preparation. The sour ingredient prevents the vegetable from getting sticky.
Flavoured Yogurt At Home Chill out this summer with one of the world's most favoured diet snacks. To make flavoured yogurt (curd/dahi) at home, mix together the following: 1-2 table spoons of your favourite jam/jelly, a few drops of vanilla essence and sugar (just as much as you want to taste). Stir this and a teaspoon of yogurt into warm milk and leave aside to set. You may also add chunks of fruits like strawberries and pineapples. Select fruits that will not secrete excessive juices. When the yogurt is set, keep it in the refrigerator to cool. Serve chilled.
Keep Your Boiled Peas Bright Green Green peas loose their natural bright colour when boiled and become pale. Here is a simple trick to avoid that. Before cooking, boil the peas separately with a little water. Add a few grains of sugar and cover the pan. Cook under medium heat for few minutes. The peas will remain bright green even as they become soft adding color to your regular curries.
Make Your Lentils Soft And Tender Tough lentils and legumes can be cooked soft and tender by following this simple tip. Before preparing the lentils wash and clean them thoroughly. Soak them in water for some time. While cooking, use the same water in which they were soaked. The grains will turn out very tender without completely melting or getting slimy.
For Clean Crispy Finger Chips When potatoes are cut and left for a while before cooking they tend to turn black. To avoid this, keep the cut pieces in plain water adding a dash of salt to it. The potatoes will not change colour. What's more, if you are making finger chips the potato when deep-fried will have a crispy, crunchy taste to it. Have them with a delicious Indian chutney from the Kitchens of India.
So next time you plan to prepare a delectable meal, remember the above pointers and you would simply relish your cooking!