Kitchen Tips

  • Grind your green chillies with salt and store them in a refrigerator. You can store them for a long time and also it gives better taste to the dish compared to the usage of whole chillies.
  • Store the stems of coriander leaf bunch. You can add them to your rasam or sambar at final step. Keep hot rasam/sambar undisturbed after adding the coriander stems to them. They impart a nice aroma to rasam/sambar. You can either scoop them away before you serve or eat them too.
  • To maximise the health benefits of garlic, chop garlic and leave it aside for 15 mins before using it in your cooking
  • Grind ginger, green chillis n salt together n store in freezer this makes normal cooking fast i also grind ginger n garlic keep it in airtight container in freezer this pasts stays for long time n saves lot of time when cooking
  • If your gravy is too salty then just put a peeled potato in the gravy it will be fine
  • Put lemon peels inside your cooker and steam it for sometime to have a clean inside surface of the cooker
  • Can cut vegetables like Gavar, Val (Broad beans), Beans and keep them in a plastic and freeze them.. use as required. This saves time when cooking...
  • Try to make onion and tomato masalas and freeze in small packets for future use.
  • Chicken can be marinated once bought and freeze it in different packets

Healthy Kitchen tips

1. Use a wooden board to chop. It will not blunt the knife. Don't use a plastic board, small plastic pieces may go with the vegetables.

2. Avoid the use of ghee. If it is necessary, substitute it with canola oil. Even for making halwa, you can partly substitute it with oil.

3. Avoid deep frying. Substitute deep frying with stir frying or even bake. Don't pour the oil, but make a habit of spraying the oil in utensil for cooking. Heat the utensil first, then add oil. This way oil spreads well. You will use less oil this way.

4.Watch from the oven window to conserve energy because the oven temperature drops by 25 degrees every time its door is opened.

5. Do not fry paneer, immerse it in boiling water to make it soft and spongy

6.Don't throw away the rice water after cooking. Use it to make soup or add it in making dal (lentils).

7.Can use sprouted mustard seeds (rayee) and fenugreek (methi) seeds for your tadkas. Both of them when sprouted have more nutritional values. Also this add flavour to the dish and can be more beneficial, besides giving decorative look to the dish.

8. Don't discard the water in which the vegetables are soaked or cooked. Use it in making soup or gravy.

9.To keep the vegetables fresh for longer time wrap them in newspaper before putting them in the fridge.

10.Chop the vegetables only when you are ready to use them. Don't cut them in too advance. It would spoil their food value.

More kitchen tips coming soon..

Energy saving tips: car

Energy saving tips for your car:
  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline, it can lower your highway gas mileage 33% and city mileage 5%.
  • Consider buying a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. A fuel-efficient vehicle, a hybrid vehicle, or an alternative fuel vehicle could save you a lot at the gas pump and help the environment.
  • Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
  • Get regular engine tune-ups. Replacing clogged air filters can improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and protect your engine.
  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3%.
  • Use the grade of motor oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. Using a different motor oil can lower your gasoline mileage by 2%.
  • Consider telecommuting, carpooling and public transit to cut mileage and car maintenance costs.
  • Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5%.
  • Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.
  • Use air conditioning only when necessary, consider opening a window instead.