July 21, 2010

Cooking Tips/Kitchen tips

Idly making tips:
1.While soaking urad dal for 1 cup of urad dal add 1 tsp methi(fenugreek seeds).
2.For soft idlies cook it on medium to high flame for 20 mins. Otherwise it will make idlies soggy and hard.
3.In walmart and Amzon you will get egg poacher. By using this you can make idlies in 2 mins in microwave. Link to egg poacher/idly maker.http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-Microwavable-Egg-Poacher/dp/B0002MR0LS/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1279742466&sr=1-19.
Urad dal vada:
Soak urad dal for 8-10 hours, so that you no need to add any water while grinding the dal.
Don't make smooth paste. Batter has to be little fine coarse consistency.
If you make very smooth paste vada will absorb too much oil. Add the salt just before making vada.
Crispy pakoras:
For any type of pakoras making with sengapindi/besan add 2 tsp of rice flour to 1 cup of besan.
It will make pakoras crispy.
Preparing Puri:
For 1 cup of wheat flour add 1 tsp sooji ,1 tsp salt and 1 tsp of oil.
Add 2 drops of lemon juice to Cool oil(which is used for deep frying). It will make puris to absorb less oil.
Crispy bendi or dondakaya fry:
Add 2tsp of corn flour to the popu/Tadka.
Silver utensils cleaning tips:
1)Make a paste of 2tsp of lemon juice and 4tsp corn flour or besan. Rub the silver utensilis with the mix for 2-3 mins.
2)You can also wash with tooth paste or tooth powder.
Pressure cooker washing:
If pressure cooker bottom turns black color, pour 1 glass of water and keep a small news paper on the bottom overnight. Morning remove the paper and water it will turn to white.

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