Category: Reference Guide

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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 you like it!! It just takes under 15 minutes (14.36 minutes to be more precise...

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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 20 minute recipe and it tastes exactly the same. The traditional sauce gets its spicy flavor...

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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 and cosmetic benefits, it’s loaded with thiamine, vitamin C, zinc, iron and magnesium. Imagine adding...

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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 homemade Cashew paste ready in minutes. If you have cashew paste in your refrigerator than...

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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 of that particular vegetable. Blanching is a very easy process – boil your greens in...

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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 sneaked out for a second and ended up in a messy spill over, even on a...

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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 breads and cakes. It is found in the section where gelatin and baking goods are...

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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 juicy red flesh fruit. Not only it is the most messiest job, it’s very time consuming....

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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 and how to soften butter for cakes and cookies? With cold butter sticks the end result will...

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How to store Cilantro leaves

Have a large bundle of cilantro herbs on hand and wondering how to store Cilantro leaves. Follow these step by step process and storing cilantro could be a breeze. Cilantro/coriander leaves is a very flavorful herb and it taste good only if it used fresh. Cilantro leaves can get mushy and wilt away pretty soon if not stored properly. Went...

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Make Bati without oven/Tandoor

I have been asked many times – How can we make bati without oven or tandoor ? In my earlier recipe I have shown baati being cooked in the oven. Today let’s learn how baati can be cooked without oven. It’s very simple – the trick to a perfect baati is the heat. Gas mark should be on MEDIUM LOW to...

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How to make pita bread or pita pockets

How to make pita bread or pita pockets – homemade pita bread recipe is made with whole wheat flour and are very soft. A great make ahead recipe which is prepared with regular wheat flour combined with yeast and milk and formed into soft dough. Let the dough rise covered for about 2-3 hours. It will almost double in size. Below...

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How to remove seeds and pulp from tomatoes

Recipe calls for a pulp free tomato – but how to do it? Follow 5 easy steps below and you can get rid of tomato pulp and seeds, but don’t throw them – use them to cook vegetables.Tomato contains a lot of liquid and this liquid could mess up a recipe like a salad, raita or chaat. Removing seeds and jelly-like pulp...

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How to make Sprouts

Sprouted grains are a great way of enjoying beans. Not only they are easy to make they are super nutritious and healthy. The whole process take 5 days to reach the desired 1/4 inch of sprouted beans. Also the climatic conditions play a vital role in the whole sprouting process. In warm and humid months moong dal just takes 2-3...

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Vinegar Onion recipe or Sirke wala pyaaz recipe

Pearl onions are pickled in the solution of vinegar and water – and beets are added to give them a rich red color. Easy to make and can be enjoyed for a week if stored in a airtight container. I prefer to add beets to color my pearl onions because not only they are nutritious; they also have a tendency to color everything...

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How to make mawa from ricotta cheese

Mawa or Khoya is a dried form of milk and a super ingredient used to flavor up Indian sweets and thicken up Indian curries. Follow the step by step pictorial guide below to prepare unsweetened mawa or khoya at home. Store bought ricotta cheese is reduced from its original form to a lump of dry mawa ball. A magic ingredient used...

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How to shape and design Milk pedas

Pedaaaa.. ahh – a scrumptious and delicious festive sweet. Around festival seasons you will find Indian sweet shops a.k.a. Halwai shops loaded with these pedas. A sight of these pedas just makes you pop one in your mouth. These easy- to-melt-in -the-mouth – dessert is really simple to make. In this post learn how to shape and design these pedas. I...

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How to make Ghee from butter

 Ghee also referred to as Clarified butter is a must in Indian cooking. No Indian “Tadka” or tempering is complete without ghee. Ghee is used in Aryuveda for medicinal purposes. Making ghee at home is extremely easy but at times its smell can be too overwhelming for family members. I still have a memory of my Mom making ghee on...

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How to store Onion – tomato masala

Once you have prepared your onion and tomato masala in bulk, allow it to cool down completely. This super handy masala needs to be frozen properly otherwise it may get moldy in your refrigerator in couple of weeks. You can store a small quantity of it in an airtight container and freeze the rest. To freeze just follow the steps...

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How to make Italian seasoning

Quick and easy homemade Italian herb seasoning. Blend of aromatic herbs adds zesty flavor to any recipe. Though it’s named as Italian seasoning, it’s an all purpose seasoning and I try to use it on almost everything from chicken to fish, pastas to grilled veggies, burgers to wraps and many more variations you can come up to spice up your...