Category: Reference Guide

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Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe

Nothing can beat a homemade spice mix. Perfect combinations of warm spices that adds great authentic flavor to sambar without adding too much heat. A thought always crosses our minds – why bother to make homemade when we can find one in stores? Well the answer is simple...

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Homemade White Butter or Makhan

Nothing beats a taste of a fresh homemade white makhan/butter. Whether you enjoy it over warm parathas or smear all over a crispy toast, taste is incomparable. Homemade white butter or makhan is so easy to make and is ready in just 6 minutes depending on the...

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How to make ghee in slow cooker

Ghee is an essential part of Indian cooking and is used in almost everything from sweet to savory. Ghee is a term used for “pure butter fat” or “sudh makhan”. But for me G – Ghee is , H- Heaven sent, E- Extraordinary, E – Elixir (medicinal potion). Butter prepared from the milk...

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Homemade Instant Uttapam Mix

Uttapam is always on my menu planner as a favorite morning breakfast. But going through the process of soaking rice, urad dal and then fermenting it sounds like too much work to me. No doubt that is the most authentic way of preparing yummy uttapams,...

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Homemade Whipped Cream

Whether be a cold coffee or a warm cake right out of the oven, everyone loves a dollop of whipped cream on top. I myself enjoy whipped cream as a topping on my desserts and have prepared recipes using whipped cream.  But recently while working on a...

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Homemade Szechuan Sauce recipe

A quick and easy vegetarian sauce that can convert an ordinary meal into a restaurant style dinner – hot and spicy homemade szechuan Sauce recipe (Schezwan sauce or Sichuan sauce ). In mood to have something quick and spicy tonight, but no szechuan sauce on...

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Vinegar Onion recipe or Sirke wala pyaaz recipe

Enjoy rich garnet colored pickled onions when you visit your favorite restaurant. Then here is a simple recipe to make these onions at home. Taste exactly the same and can be enjoyed for a week if stored in a airtight container. Pearl onions are pickled...

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How to make mawa – 5 ways of making mawa

How to make Khoya/mawa at home? This is a common question that is usually asked and searched. Well today I am showing you 5 6 ways to make mawa at home. They are all pretty easy to make and you can have instant khoya ready in minutes. Khoya/Mawa...

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Homemade Garam Masala Powder

Looking for an alternative to store bought garam masala powder, try making your very own Homemade Garam Masala Powder. My mom used to place all the whole spices in the sun for 2-3 days. Why? Because whole spices retain their natural oils and aroma inside them and when they...

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Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

The ultimate homemade basil pesto sauce–straight forward, packed with flavor and ready in 15 minutes. My kitchen window planter is overflowing with basil leaves, so tossed some other ingredients from the fridge/pantry and created totally delicious and simple homemade Basil Pesto recipe. I make jars of pesto sauce in summer (when...

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Homemade Tandoori Masala

Nothing can beat a homemade spice mix. No preservatives and WONDERFUL taste!! I know some of you are thinking why bother to make homemade when we can find one in store. Well the answer is simple – IT’S HOMEMADE and Fresh, without additives just the way...

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Making enchiladas tonight but ran out of enchilada sauce, peeked inside the empty can in a hope that I could find some leftovers but nothing  So picked up the empty sauce can, read its ingredients and whisked up my very own homemade enchilada sauce. Super easy, under...

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Boiled Lauki Paste

Wondering why would someone have boiled lauki paste in her refrigerator? Well, this is an excellent base to no onion no garlic recipes. This ugly looking vegetable (that’s what my kids call it ) is actually a blessing in disguise. Bottle gourd/lauki has both- healing...

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How to make Cashew Paste

How to make Cashew paste for Indian gravies and where can I find one? This is the most commonly asked question. Why buy it from the market when you can make one at home. Follow the step by step guide below and you will have...

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How to Blanch spinach

Spinach is rich in calcium and blanching them helps in retaining all the nutrients and bring out that flavor and rich bright green color in them. I always have blanched spinach in my freezer for my recipes. By blanching I am locking in the freshness and flavor...

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Prevent liquids from boiling over

Have you been in a situation where you stepped out for a while knowing that the pan on the cooktop will not boil over and on your return..SHOCKING SIGHT IN THE KITCHEN…all the liquid has spilled over. Well, I have faced this situation many times where I...

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How to soak sabudana for khichdi

Sabudana pearls is also referred as Sago pearls or Tapioca Pearls. Sago is a processed food starch marketed in the form of small pearls. It gets its name from the starchy core of the stems of palm trees. Sago/tapioca starch adds a pleasantly crisp texture to baked...

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De-seed pomegranate in less than a minute

De-seed pomegranate in less than a minute – sounds unrealistic. That’s true- just follow this simple trick and you can enjoy your favorite fruit in less than a minute. Deseeding a pomegranate was never on my to-do list though I thoroughly enjoy eating this colorful and...

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How to soften butter for Cakes and Cookies

When it comes to baking all the recipes call for “ingredients at room temperature” and people often tend to overlook this step. Why is this step so important – let’s dig deep look into this concept and find out the connection between room temperature and baking...