Category: Basics

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Share4 Pin34 +11 TweetShares 39 Making enchiladas tonight but ran out of enchilada sauce, peeked inside my pantry 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...

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Boiled Lauki Paste

Share5 Pin2 +1 TweetShares 7Wondering why would someone have boiled lauki paste in her refrigerator? Well, this is an excellent base to no onion no garlic recipes. This not-so-liked vegetable (that’s what my kids call it ) is actually a blessing in disguise. Bottle gourd/lauki has...

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How to make Cashew Paste

Share1 Pin52 +1 TweetShares 53How to make cashew paste or Kaju masala 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...

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How to Blanch spinach

Share4 Pin11 +11 TweetShares 16 Spinach is a great source of iron, Vitamin A, C, K , magnesium and many more nutrients. To preserve all these healthy nutrients, blanching is great for vegetables. It helps intensify the taste and bright color of vegetables. Blanching locks in both...

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Prevent liquids from boiling over

Share17 Pin2 +1 TweetShares 19Have 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...

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How to soak sabudana for khichdi

Share12 Pin63 +11 TweetShares 76Follow this step by step fail-proof guide on how to soak sabudana for khichdi. Say goodbye to sticky, gooey sabudana pearls and say hello to perfect separated tapioca pearls – today and every-time.  Do you enjoy eating sabudana khichdi (tapioca pealrs pulao)...

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De-seed pomegranate in less than a minute

Share6 Pin2 +1 TweetShares 8 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...

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How to soften butter for Cakes and Cookies

Share Pin10 +1 TweetShares 10When 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...

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How to store Cilantro leaves

Share Pin7 +1 TweetShares 7Have 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...

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How to make pita bread or pita pockets

Share4 Pin24 +11 TweetShares 29 Pita breads are a great way of enjoying your favorite appetizers. Pita bread is nothing but a straightforward bread dough recipe where wheat flour, yeast, milk are combined together to form a soft dough. Let the dough rise, covered for about 2-3 hours and...

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How to make mawa from ricotta cheese

Share1 Pin40 +1 TweetShares 41 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...

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How to shape and design Milk pedas

Share1 Pin7 +1 TweetShares 8 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...

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How to make Ghee from butter

Share1 Pin47 +1 TweetShares 48 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...

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How to store Onion – tomato masala

Share Pin100 +1 TweetShares 100 Today’s post is in continuation to my earlier post on how to make onion tomato masala for Indian gravies? A versatile masala that can be used for almost all the Indian recipes which calls for onion, ginger, garlic and tomato as...

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How to make Italian seasoning

Share1 Pin101 +1 TweetShares 102Quick 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,...

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Homemade Cake flour

Share12 Pin396 +1 TweetShares 408 Wondering what a cake flour is? Nowadays cake flour is used to prepare cakes, cookies and pies. So why substitute all purpose flour with cake flour ? The major difference among the two flours is the amount of protein – cake flour...

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Homemade Lemon – Pepper Herb Seasoning

Share10 Pin18 +1 TweetShares 28 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....