Category: Reference Guide

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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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Blueberry Cake Tip

Blueberries have a tendency to sink to the bottom of the cake. BUT WHY DO MY BLUEBERRIES SINK? Answer is simple .. GRAVITY. Anything additional added to a cake whether be chocolate chip, blueberries, or any other berries or nuts they will sink to the bottom of the cake because of gravity. To stop them from sinking just follow this...

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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...

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How to make Chicken Broth and Chicken shreds

Step-by-step homemade chicken broth. There are many ways to make chicken broth. I was in desperate need of chicken stock so I used boneless chicken in my recipe but an ideal way to prepare chicken broth is by using a whole chicken with bones – why waste the good part. To make chicken broth, chicken is simmered with aromatic spices and vegetables and...

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Homemade Cake flour

Wondering what a cake flour is? Nowadays cake flour is used to prepare cakes, cookies and pies. So why substitute all purpose flour (maida) with cake flour ? The major difference among the two flours is the amount of protein – cake flour has little less protein as compared to all purpose flour. This low protein content influences the gluten or elastic...

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Homemade Lemon – Pepper Herb Seasoning

Homemade Lemon-pepper seasoning is a versatile seasoning an all- rounder to season chicken, seafood, broths and soups. This seasoning is readily available in supermarkets but I prefer to make mine at home.It’s a simple recipe nothing too fancy or flashy. Lemon zest combined with black peppercorns are toasted at first, coarsely grounded and finally mixed with fragrant herbs. In this...

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Homemade baked tortilla strips

Baked tortilla strips – a versatile topping to soups and salads. Great way to use any leftover tortillas. In this post I have used flour tortillas but you can use any kind of tortillas. If you prefer you can season them with salt and pepper, apply some olive oil and bake them – enjoy it as a snack. Super tasty, crunchy and...

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Homemade Tomato Puree

Homemade tomato puree!!- is not as difficult as it sounds. This is a base recipe to all your cooking needs whether be Marinara sauce, pizzas, pastas, Indian meals, subzis or curries. I have a jar full of homemade tomato puree ready in my fridge/freezer all the time. One can always substitute chopped tomatoes with tomato puree, not only will it reduce the...

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Temperature Conversion Chart

At times, we come across recipes that looks appealing but find that the listed oven temperatures are different than what we are used to. So this set us on a quest to convert the given oven temperature. Oven temperatures in United States are listed in Fahrenheit but in India oven readings are in Celsius. Below I have complied a chart that shows oven conversions...