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How to become the King of Kitchen Learning the Art of Cookery and Kitchen Handling?
Each person ventures in the process of cooking is an artist, striving to bestow perfection to his/her creation. Like every other art, the motto of cookery is to "give utmost enjoyment" and each artist of cookery shall have some basic qualities like any other artist, i.e., love for this art form, interest in its process, patience and caring for the enjoyment of its patrons.
Art of cooking or cookery becomes an important aspect nowadays as the world is now shrunken into our fingertips, boundaries of taste also broken down from its regionalization and everyone strives every day for newness and change.
What is the best way to learn cooking?
According to me before leaning to cook, we must have the passion to cook and the patience to learn its process. We should know the taste of food that we prefer to cook. Then, we will have to recognize the ingredients in the food we taste. Once knowing this, we can start with cooking the dish for the first time. May be the quantity of the ingredients may vary, but as we practice it once or twice with certain corrections in the quantity of the ingredients, there will be improvements in our cooking and as time passes by, we will be the best of the best of the best cook.
Art of Kitchen Designing
Now, the first and most important thing to learn before art of cookery or cooking is a kitchen, as this is the place where you will be able to learn this beautiful art. Here comes also the need of kitchen designing.
Until some years ago, people did not pay much attention to kitchen interiors and in fact it was the room that received the least importance when it came to decorating, but times have changed. Though one may not get to spend a lot of time in the kitchens these days, it is always nice to work in a kitchen, which emanates harmony and peace and this can be achieved with little effort and thought.
Colour of your kitchen:
The colors of fresh ripe fruits and vegetables are soothing as also full of vitality. So you could use tiles with bold blocks and circles in colors of red, orange, yellow and green against a crisp white background. The white will help tone down the other vital colors and make the entire effect soothing to the eye.
There is no need to be too regimental or symmetrical. Uneven shapes and patterns have a charm of their own. You can further elevate the look with color accents in the kitchen furniture, equipment, and other kitchen accessories.
Flooring of your kitchen:
Kitchen is one room of the house where the chances of water splashing onto the floor are very high. Therefore, the floor tiles should be such that one does not easily slip over them. Also, it is always better to choose tiles that can be easily cleaned.
Furniture for your kitchen:
It is always better to keep the kitchen units plain and simple in style, so that they are easy to use. For the cabinets you could choose in one of the colors of the wall tiles with sleek streamlined handles. It is always advisable to have black granite work tops - they are not only easy to clean but they add to the entire look of the kitchen. The dining furniture should also be un-fussy yet fun, the shapes of the table and chairs echoing the patterns painted on the wall tiles.
Lighting for your kitchen:
There should be plenty of light in the kitchen as well as ventilation. Use lights that are bright but at the same time do not hurt the eye.
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Kitchen is also a place to be well-managed like any company, offices or other institutions. If things are done orderly and promptly, cooking automatically becomes a creation of art.
As most of us are depending upon powders now for cooking, our kitchen has a good storage of various types of spices powders. How do you identify these powders while cooking? By smelling or color?
Some people have the habit of labeling containers by the name of its ingredients. It's a good habit. Here is a tip for labeling: Cut out the name of masala or spice from its packet for, e.g., "sambar powder" and stick it on the container with glue or cello tape.
Keeping List of finished stuff
You are about to splutter mustard in curry. Only when you open the mustard container, then you realized it is finished. Many of us put to this kind of dilemma many times, isn't it. Buy a packet of adhesive small notepads easily available in market. Stick it on the wall of your fridge, kitchen wall, or some other easily accessible place. Keep a pen nearby this pad, hanging. When you find any kitchen stuff finished at once, write it down on the note pad. You can take this note along with you while you go out for shopping.
Thick sourless curd
Many of us don't know how to make a good curd so here is the process.
The milk to prepare curd is to be little bit warm. If you place the milk at sim or slow fire for a pretty long time, the result will be more better to thickened milk or else you can mix some milk powder - 1/2 teaspoon per glass of milk - to the milk. Then pour just one teaspoon of curd to the vessel in which curd is to be made. Remember more curd will spoil curd-making. Rotate the vessel, so that the curd is applied on every part of the vessel. Now slowly pour in the lukewarm thick milk. In this way, you will get the best homemade curd you ever had. I guarantee!!!
I always like to have a lot of kitchen cloth. It is better to have minimum one for wiping the vessels and one to wipe the kitchen counters on any day. This is just a minimum to have for a day. We can have some 6-10 sets of kitchen cloths so that we keep changing it daily. It will be hygienic also. Another tip is that we can fold a small kitchen towel near the sink where we rest our stomach and wash vessels. Most of the times we end up wetting our clothes. This small piece of cloth will make it better.
How to reduce use of oil in puris and pakoras?
You can use less oil while frying the puris or pakoras, etc, by putting a pinch of salt to it. Try it. It is very useful.
How to get crisp puris?
For getting little crisper puris, add little rice flour along with the wheat flour while kneading the dough.
How to avoid froths in eggs?
Add a tsp of vinegar in water while boiling eggs. This will prevent the content from coming out even if the eggs crack.
How to peel garlic faster?
Put the garlic flakes in microwave for 15-20 seconds or keep them in water for 5 minutes to easily peel off the skin.
How to prepare a non-sticky ladies finger dish?
While frying ladies finger, add a teaspoon of curd to avoid sticking. It will look sticky even in the beginning after pouring curds but after a little while, they will all separate. This way we need less oil to fry ladies finger also.
How to make tea in a perfect manner?
Tealeaves should never be let to boil. Boil the water and add any tea masala if you prefer and once the water has boiled well, add the tea leaves and immediately switch off the gas and keep it closed. After few minutes once all the tea extract has come into the water, use it for rest of the tea preparation. It gives a nice flavor to the tea.
How to cook Rajma masala quickly?
Generally Rajma takes more time to cook and to avoid this, add a pinch of salt while soaking it as well as a pinch of salt while cooking it in the cooker. This tip was given by one of my friend because for years, I used to struggle with Rajma to get it cooked.
How to whiten your greasy and black cooker?
To whiten the cooker, add some lime pieces with their juice and add some water and cook it for a few minutes. Though it would not whiten it like pure white, it will make the cooker look better than before.
General cleaning tip
Near the kitchen sink, have a used toothbrush or a new toothbrush as one of your cleaning tools. For some unreachable areas in vessels, we can use this brush and they are really handy to have a good clean wash of vessels.
How to avoid attack of insects in wheat flour?
Add some dried fenugreek leaves in wheat flour. You can preserve it for a long time as fresh. You can either sieve it before making chapatti or use as such to make fenugreek leaves chapattis.
How to cook dal or pulses easily?
Soak it in hot water for 10 minutes before cooking. Save time and fuel consumption.
How to remove oil content from soups?
Hi health conscious people. You can easily remove oil content from soup by placing it in freezer. All the oil content will then form as a frozen layer on the surface of the soup. You can easily remove it and use after boiling again.
How to boil egg without breaking it?
Add one teaspoon salt in the water for boiling eggs. You can avoid breaking of egg while boiling.
How to give softness to meat?
For any kind of meat be cooked easily and be soft, apply well some sourless curd on meat and keep aside for 3-4 hours for marinating.
While preparing liver dishes
If you add salt to liver while it is being cooked, liver will become hard. Salt shall be added only at the end.
How to store green chilies fresh?
Remove stalk of green chilies, wash well and keep in a plastic cover in the refrigerator. You can store green chilies fresh like this for 2 weeks.
How to store coriander leaves and curry leaves fresh?
Cut stem of coriander leaves, bunch a little above their roots, wash, place on a paper to allow water to drain out and keep in a plastic cover tying its mouth tightly. Keep this in refrigerator. By this way, you can keep freshness of coriander leaves for minimum 1 week.
Remove curry leaves with sub-stem from their main stem, wash, place on a paper to remove moisture, keep in a plastic cover tying the mouth of plastic cover tightly. Keep in refrigerator. Freshness of curry leaves can be maintained for 2 weeks
How to clean ceramic sinks of your kitchen?
Ceramic sinks will shine neat if you put a little liquid bleach into it, rubbing it all over, and keeping for 10 minutes. Then clean as usual. All leftover stains will disappear.
How to serve old chapatis fresh?
Just wrap them in a clean cloth and pack them in an airtight container that will fit into the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 5 minutes and serve fresh and hot.
How to remove bitterness of bitter gourd?
Slit bitter gourd from the middle and rub a mixture of salt, wheat flour, and curd over it. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour, before cooking.
How to cook meat faster?
To cook meat faster, add a medium piece of papaya or add 1 tbsp of papaya paste at the beginning of cooking.
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