Category: Basics

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Share4Pin35TweetYum17Stumble1+1158 Shares 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 sauce. Super easy,...

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Boiled Lauki Paste

Share5Pin2TweetYumStumble+17 SharesWondering 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 both- healing and...

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How to make Cashew Paste

Share1Pin99TweetYumStumble+1100 SharesHow 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 step guide below...

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How to Blanch spinach

Share4Pin13TweetYum1Stumble1+1120 Shares 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 – flavor and the...

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Prevent liquids from boiling over

Share17Pin2TweetYumStumble+119 SharesHave 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...

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How to soak sabudana for khichdi

Share13Pin79TweetYumStumble+1193 SharesFollow 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 pearls pulao) but end up getting...

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De-seed pomegranate in less than a minute

Share6Pin2TweetYumStumble+18 Shares 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...

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How to soften butter for Cakes and Cookies

SharePin11TweetYumStumble+111 SharesWhen 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...

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How to store Cilantro leaves

SharePin9TweetYumStumble+19 SharesHave 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...

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How to make pita bread or pita pockets

Share6Pin33TweetYum24Stumble+1164 Shares 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 it will almost...

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How to make mawa from ricotta cheese

Share2Pin44TweetYumStumble+146 Shares 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...

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How to shape and design Milk pedas

Share1Pin7TweetYumStumble+18 Shares 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...

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How to make Ghee from butter

Share37Pin99TweetYumStumble+1136 Shares 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...

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How to store Onion – tomato masala

SharePin100TweetYumStumble+1100 Shares 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 base ingredients. In...

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How to make Italian seasoning

Share1Pin101TweetYumStumble+1102 SharesQuick 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...

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Homemade Cake flour

Share13Pin489TweetYumStumble+1502 Shares 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 has little less...

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Homemade Lemon – Pepper Herb Seasoning

Share10Pin27TweetYumStumble+137 Shares 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...