Useful Kitchen Tips


My son and I are holidaying at my Mom’s place. I have been chilling and soaking in the winter sun. My little one is being pampered and playing his heart out – with no restrictions! Though I have been staying away from the kitchen, my mom keeps telling me her useful kitchen tips every now and then.

I thought of sharing a few handy and useful kitchen tips with you all, that Mom has been telling me.

Useful Kitchen Tips:

  1. When making cardamom powder, add 1 spoon sugar to make finer powder.
  2. When making Asafetida (hing) powder, add 1 spoon salt to make finer powder.
  3. When making mustard seeds’ (raai) powder, add 1 spoon salt to make finer powder.
  4. Always soak rice for at least half an hour before cooking.
  5. If you are making rice by draining the excess water, do not soak – otherwise they become sticky. Also, in this case, use excess water for cooking.
  6. While boiling milk, always add a little water at the base of the vessel to avoid the milk from sticking at the bottom.
  7. Whenever curd is to be added to the masala, beat it well beforehand and add gradually. This will help in avoiding lumps.
  8. Soak whole pulses (Like rajma, black gram, white gram) overnight and other dals for one hour before cooking. This will shorten the cooking time.
  9. If you forget to soak White Chana/Rajma overnight, just soak them in boiling water for an hour before cooking.
  10. Add a few drops of lemon a tsp of oil to rice before boiling to separate each grain.
  11. If you have some leftover vegetables and/ or dal, mix them with flour, add some chopped onions and green chillis to make a dough for yummy parathas. If required, add a little salt and red chilli powder.

Well, these are just a few, straight out of my mom’s kitchen. Will share more in some time.



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