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How to avoid watery eyes when cutting onions

Soak the onions in water for 5 minutes after cutting them into halves and your eyes will water much less.


How to reduce use oil in puris and pakaras

You can use less oil while frying the puris or pakoras etc, by putting a pinch of salt to it.


How to make the Karela less Bitter

Keep the Karela in water and add a pinch of salt in it for 1/2 hour to remove the bitterness of it.


How to retail color of Cauliflower and Cabbage

Retain the white colour of the cauliflower or the cabbage by putting a 1tsp of milk.


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 get granules of rice after cooking

Add few drops of lemmon juice while pressure cooking the rice to get separated granules of the rice.


How to get a think gravy

For having a thick gravy, you can add powdered roasted groundnuts or a ground paste of onions.


How to avoid onions from burning while frying

Add little milk while frying the onions.This will help retain the freshness as well as avoid burning of it.


How to make soft chapatis and Phulka

While making puris or phulkas, keep the rest of the dough covered with a wet cloth to avoid drying of the dough and get softer phulkas or puris.


How to increase the flavor of tea

DO not throw away the skin of cardamom instead put them in the teabox and your tea will start having the flavor of cardamom.


How to make use of stale chapatis

Just wrap the chapatis in a clean cloth and pack them in an airtight container which fits into your pressure cooker.Cook it for two whistles and serve fresh.


How to Firm the over ripe tomatoes

Make the overripe tomatoes firm by dipping them in cold water,add some salt and leave overnight.


How to remove odour in fish

Use one teaspoon baking soda with a quart of water.


How to heal wound faster

Applying turmeric powder helps to stop the bleeding portion of a wound and heal it faster.


How to pacify upset stomach

Mix 1 tsp. Of lemon juice with honey to get relief.


Caution with Microwave

Never use metal containers, foil, or dishes with metal trim in the microwave.


How to get granules of rice after cooking

While cooking rice, add little vinegar or lemon juice to avoid sticking of the rice.


How to cook Daal quickly

Add little turmeric powder and oil to the dal before putting it in the cooker. This will help dal cook in just 10 minutes.


Less oily pakoras and bhajiyas

While frying Puris or Pakoras, add a pinch of salt and this will help absorb less oil.


How to make potato taste better

Add little salt while potates are boiling. This way the potatoes tastes much better.


How to retain greenness of Vegetabless

While cooking the green veggies, add a pinch of turmeric powder to the oil before putting them and you can still have the fresh green clour.


How to make Bhajiyas and Pakodas Crisp

For getting crisper bhajiyas or pakodas, add little rice flour to the batter.


How to keep the Chapatis soft

Keep chapatis soft & fresh by placing a few pieces of ginger in the container.


How to get relief from indigestion

Take 1tsp of mint juice mixed with an equal amount of honey and lemon juice.


How to avoid the mild from getting burnt

Rinse the container with water before boiling the milk.This will prevent the milk from getting burnt.


How to find out fresh eggs

Immerse an egg in a pan of cool salted water.If it sinks, its fresh; if it rises to the surface,it is spoilt.


How to make the tawa hot enough for Dosa

To ensure that the griddle (tawa) is hot enough before spreading dosa, sprinkle a little water over it. If it sizzles immediately, then the griddle is hot enough. Wipe with a clean rag, proceed.


How to avoid discolring of Brinjals/Egg plants

Always keep cut or slit brinjals soaking in salt water, to avoid their becoming discoloured


Hot to get more from the ladyfinger

Cut bhindi/ladyfinger an hour before frying or stuff to make stuffed okra and refrigerate at least for half an hour before making, to cook it fast and blend the taste well too.


How to get more flavot from cumins

Roast cumin seeds on a warm griddle before dry grinding. They will give a better flavour and grind faster.


How to disgest daal easily

Add a few methi (fenugreek) seeds to toor dal while pressure cooking. This makes the dal easier to digest.


Retaining the greenness of vegetables

Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the oil before adding green vegetables. The vegetables will retain their greenness better even after cooking.


How to clean a Cauliflower

Always soak cauliflower in warm salted water for some time to get rid of the tiny insects sometimes present deep inside the florets and not visible to the eye.


How to keep pressure cooker clean

Put a used lime-peel or two in the pressure cooker when cooking. This will keep the cooker from becoming blackened.


How to remove odour of garlic and onion from hands

Rinse your hands with fresh lemon juice to get rid of smell from garlic or onion.


How to shine brassware

Do not throw away the solid residue left after pressing out water from soaked tamarind. Mix in some salt and use to scrub copper and brassware to bring a shine. Follow with a normal soap wash.


How to get more from the lemons

Heat the lemon in microwave for 20-22 seconds or keep in hot water to extract more juice.


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 get less messy with coconuts

Pierce one of the holes of the coconut on the top side to remove the water and then break the coconut.This will be less messy.


How to keep pressure cooker clean

While cooking the rice, put some quarter of a lemon in the the cooker to avoid blackening of the cooker.


How to keep pressure cooker clean

While cooking the rice, put some quarter of a lemon in the the cooker to avoid blackening of the cooker.


How to check if baking powder is still active

Add 1tsp to 1/3 cup of hot water.If it bubbles rises, then it is till active.


How to cool the cake

Place the pan of cake on a wet towel as soon as it is taken out of the oven and cool for minimum 5min. This way, the cake will easily come out without sticking to the pan.


How to avoid froths in eggs

Add a tsp of vinegar in water while boiling eggs.This will prevent the content fromcoming out even if they crack.

*While beating the eggs, add a pinch of salt. This will help in frothing of eggs quickly.


To clean dirty copper utensils

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar in which 3 tbsp. of salt has been added. Spray solution on utensil liberally. Set aside for a while. Rub clean with a soft cloth.


How to remove tomato skin

To remove tomato skin easily, soak them in very hot water for 8-10 minutes. Remove , peel and then use as required.


How ro reduce dark circles around eyes

Place thin slices of potato over and around your eyes. Relax lying down with them for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash face with cool water. This helps remove tiredness and puffiness of the eyes.


How to reduce toothaches

Bite a clove or apply clove oil to reduce the toothache.


How to seek relief from soar throat

Gargle one full glass of warm water with a pinch of salt early morning to reduce itchiness of throat OR Drink a glass of boiled milk adding 1 tsp of turmeric powder(haldi) to it.


How to reduce acidity

Drink one glass of cold milk to sooth the burning of stomach


How to get relief from Nasal Congestion

Put Ecalyptus oil/ vicks in boiling water, cover your head with some towel and take steam from it for few minutes.


How ro reduce dark circles around eyes

Put cucumber round slices over your eyes for 15-20 minutes to reduce the tiredness and dark circles.


Removing stickiness of lady finger

Add a spoonful of curd to the ladyfinger vegetable while cooking to avoid sticking it to the sides of the pan or a vessel.


Keeping the colour of green vegetables

Avoid overcooking of the green vegetables to retain it's fresh green colour.


How to keep the skin soft

Apply haldi (turmeric powder) mixed with little curd while bathing instead of soap in winter season to keep the skin soft.


How to make pickles last longer

Always store the pickles in glass/ porcelian jars.


How to make flout last longer

Always store plain flour(maida) in fridge to stay longer and to keep it away from insects.


How to keep the coconut fresh

Keep the coconut in the freezer and it will stay fresh for much longer time.


How to store peeled potatoes

To store the peeled potatoes, put 1tsp of vinegar in water and keep the potatoes in it.


How to store green chillies

Remove the stem of the green chillies so that they stay fresh for much longer.


How to store coriander leaves

Store the coriander leaves in a muslin cloth in the refrigerator and they will stay much longer.


How to store wheat grains

Storing the wheat grains for a year needs lot of care.

First keep them spread on a cloth sheet in the hot sun for atleast 2 days so that it becmes insect free.

Then apply boric powder to the grains or put mercury tablets(para) in it and then store in tight-pack boxes.


How to store curry leaves

Store curry leaves in silver foil, it will last as much as one month.


How to firm the overripe tomatoes

Make the overripe tomatoes firm by dipping them in cold water,add some salt and leave overnight.


How to make chilli powder last longer

If you put a piece of asafoetida(hing) in the same container as the chilli powder, the chilli powder lasts much longer.


How to make pickles last longer

Never use wet spoons, ladles etc. to remove or handle pickle. Moistures paves way for rotting.


How to store chopped vegetables

Store chopped vegetables in airtight plastic containers in the fridge to keep from browning and drying up.



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