of Bitter gourd
You can remove the bitterness from Bitter gourd by
washing it with water in which rice has been soaked.
in Tiffin box
During summer, the food carried in tiffin boxes get
spoilt. To avoid this, clean and dry the tiffin box
and heat it with the lid on till the lid is hot. Pack
the lunch in it after the box cools down. This prevents
the lunch from getting spoilt.
Add a couple of mashed ripe bananas to your morning
cereal to make it tastier and more nutritious.
Lightly grease a jar with a little of ghee before
putting turmeric powder in it. The turmeric Powder
will retain its golden yellow color.
If you need mashed potatoes in a hurry, peel and cut
the potatoes in to small cubes. Boil for 10 minutes
A pinch of soda bicarbonate darkens the Chocolate
While making butter icing, add a few drops of lemon
juice to get the white color.
Put a slice of raw potato in used oil and watch the
dirt settle down at the bottom of the pan. Now it
is ready to be reused again.
Paneer will turn out spongy, if you add half a cup
of cream to one litre milk while making 'Paneer'.
Keep Cheese Fresh
Put a pinch of sugar in the cheese box to keep the
cheese fresh and free from fungus.
Adding a teaspoon of glycerine while making jam will
save you 100g sugar.
long last masala powder
Home ground masala powder will last longer, if add
a teaspoon of vinegar to it before storing.
Before planting pumpkin seeds or beans, soak them
in water for a day for faster sprouting.
An excellent way to preserve fresh mint leaves and
celery is to put a few leaves with water in ice trays
and freeze. When ever you need to use them in a curry,
drop a couple of cubes in.
Raw fruits will ripen in no time, if you place them
in a brown paper bag.
Neutralise any salty curry by adding milk, milk cream,
pricked boiled potatoes, a pinch of sugar, lightly
roasted gram flour or balls made of chapati dough
Ants at bay
Add three to four cloves to the sugar container to
keep ants at bay.
Powdered dry orange peel, added to 'rasam', gives
it a delicious flavour.
To retain the freshness of Ghee, place a lump of rock
salt in the container.
Papads will retain their freshness, if you keep them
in a sealed paper or polythene bag.
Burnt food that is stuck to the bottom of the vessel
can be easily removed by pouring boiling water in
to it along with some chopped onion. Keep aside for
five minutes and then clean.
Leftover idli and dosa batter will not turn sour if
you place a beetle leaf on top of the batter.
Instead of frying paneer immerse it in boiling water.
The paneer will remain soft and not break easily.
of Methi leaves
To remove the bitterness of Methi leaves, wash them,
add a pinch of salt and turmeric powder and keep aside
for three hours. Then wash with cold water.
and Tasty idlis
To make soft and tasty idlis and dosas, soak a teaspoon
of fenugreek seeds along with the rice and dal.
odour in refrigerator
To prevent bad odour in the refrigerator, wipe the
interiors with a cloth soaked in vanilla essence.
When Coffee powder hardens in the coffee jar, add
lukewarm water, shake well and keep it in the refrigerator.
You can use it till the last drop as and when needed.
Clean your kitchen platform with water to which a
capful of vinegar has been added, to keep it free
For instant bhaturas, knead the dough with soda water
instead of plain water.
While frying pakoras, put in 10g of tamarind for every
one kg of oil, to reduce the absorption of oil.
To clean a burnt cooking pan, slice an onion and boiling
it along with salt and water in the pan. Clean when
Unclog a sink or wash basin by pouring half a
cup of vinegar in the drain pipe. Leave overnight,
and then pour two mugs of hot water down the drain.
The pipe will clear itself.
To keep green vegetables fresh for a long time in
the refrigerator, wrap them in news paper or in a
To make Pakoras crispy, add two tablespoons of rice
flour to the gram flour batter.
You can make nice lime pickle, if you sprinkle black
pepper over the lemon rind pieces and dry them in
To prevent tiny insects invading you dals, put a little
bit of oil on them when storing in the container.
To preserve tomatoes, liquidise them, spread the puree
on a plastic sheet and dry in the sun. By evening
it will be dry. Crumble and store in n airtight bottle.
This dried tomato is free of chemicals and preservatives
and remains fresh for months.
Biscuits will stay crisp, if you put a couple of sugar
lumps in the tin.
Apple slices will remain fresh and won't get discolour
if kept in salted water.
Leftover sweets or burfi make excellent fillings for
sweet puris or parathas.
If you chew gum while peeling onions, your eyes will
not water. OR
Store onions in the fridge for half an hour before
Juice from Fruits
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons will yield
more juice if they are heated in the oven for a few
minutes before being squeezed.
Moisture in salt
To prevent moisture getting in to salt in the rainy
season, drop a few rice grains in the salt jar.
To make a tangy, nutritious salad, heat two teaspoons
of oil and add a few mustard seeds in to it. Toss
in chopped cabbage and stir-fry for few minutes. Cool
of Corriander leaves
To remove the smell of coriander leaves, garlic or
any leafy vegetable from your hands, rub them with
toothpaste and wash the odours away.
To reduce the sourness of tomatoes while cooking a
paneer curry, add milk instead of water.
To remove traces of pesticides, soak fruits and vegetables
for a few minutes in a bowl of cold water to which
three table spoons of vinegar has been added.
Keep betel nuts in kitchen cabinets to ward off cockroaches.
keep Almonds fresh
Add one teaspoon of sugar to a container of almonds
to keep them fresh longer.
smell from dust bin
To remove the foul smell from the insides of a dustbin,
sprinkle some salt at the bottom.
To get rid of worms from stored rice, sprinkle powdered
salt on it.
Immerse orange in boiling water for five minutes to
help you peel them quickly and easily separate the
Burnt Food Stains
To remove burnt food stains from a non-stick pan,
heat the pan and saut`e ripe banana pieces in it for
some time. The marks will disappear.
of Silver foils
Remove the foil from an empty carton of tea leaves
and use it to store food in the refrigerator, or cover
tiles behind the gas stoves in the kitchen.
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