Golden Rules & Tips for cooking!!

Hi friends,
Here I will be posting all the useful, essential handy time saving and taste savouring tips for cooking. You know how there are these small small things which matter so much for cooking. So here's a list of all such secrets. Feel free to share your secrets too here :)

1. Oil: any oil should be smoked first before adding any ingredient to it. 
It greatly enhances the flavour, makes the cooking faster and reduces the heavy oily feeling. If you all remember our grand ma's always used to do this for all the oil before storing it away, now a days we don't do that coz of lack of time, but make sure u smoke the oil before cooking. You will feel the difference :)

2. Herbs: Should always be crushed in between warm palms before adding to food.
Be it italian herbs like basil, oregano, indian herbs like kasuri methi etc, always crush them between ur palms and add to the food. The heat produced by rubbing between our palms enhances the flavour. A simple quick & good trick

3. Fresh herbs: Should not be cut if possible
Cutting the herbs with knife makes them loose their color and a bit a flavour on our chopping board itself. Instead tear the leaves apart with your own hands. It feels good and tastes better.

4: Whole spices: Should always be dry roasted first
The whole spices we use are often kept in storage for long time. So before we start using them, just dry roast them till you start getting their aroma and then pound them using pestel & mortar or add just like that to the dishes, you will see that the taste of spices has been greatly enhanced. 
P.S in practical day to day life this step is hard to do coz of lack of time, so just fry your whole spices in hot oil before you add any vegetable, this improves the taste to :)

5. Tea: Should also be given passive heat
Never add tea leaves to the water/milk mixture with the heat still on, the heat burns the leaves and gives an odd bitter/burnt taste. Traditionally hot water was brought in kettle and tea was added then, these days we just make the quick fix tea, so what's the solution, heat the water/milk/flavour mixture and bring to boil, with the flame still on add the desired amount of tea leaves and immediately turn off the heat, cover with a lid which covers the vessel completely and leave for a min. After that drain the leaves, this gives a nice delicate tea flavour. I know this works coz I used to make bad tea, always used to burn it, but with this trick I get just the right flavour :)

I'll keep updating here and looking forward to getting to know more & more handy tips from all you.
till then,  

If you have any comments pls feel free to post them. Good or bad I would love to hear them all :)
So have fun and happy cooking everyone :)

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