February 25, 2015

Tip#87: Handy Problem Solving Cooking Tips

Everyone has experienced that dreadful moment in the kitchen when we taste test our recipe and it's too salty. Or when we  reach for the next ingredient... and it's not there. Fear no more. Try these handy problem-solving tips to make your cooking experience a success.


Too sweet. Add a little vinegar or lemon juice.

Too salty. Add a little sugar and vinegar. For soups, add a raw potato.


If you accidentally get watery or thin coffee decoction don't worry. Add a tea spoon of instant coffee powder to it and mix well to get excellent aromatic and thick coffee.


Before making dosa, heat the dosa pan and  put a tea spoon of crystal salt on the dosa tawa and a tea spoon of oil. Spread it well around the tawa and remove the salt from it and make dosas to avoid them sticking to the dosa pan. 


If the chapathi dough becomes little watery and you feel difficult to roll them, take a dry cotton cloth and wrap it around the dough for 30 minutes. It will absorb the excess water. 

Sticky rice. Rinse with warm water.

Lumpy gravy or sauce. Use a blender, food processor, or simply strain.


Don't ever add salt to batter while grinding for idli. Always mix salt to batter with hand which enhance air bubbles to from and ferment well to get fluffy idlis.

Soup, sauce, gravy too thin. Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1/4 cup water and add while boiling and stirring. Repeat if necessary.


You don’t get the pan hot enough before you add the food. A hot pan is essential for sautéing veggies or creating a great crust on it. It also helps prevent food from sticking. 


Garlic powder is no the real substitute for the real garlic.We know peeling and chopping garlic can be work, but DEAL WITH IT. This one piece of advice will transform the way you cook.


Do you like gummy pasta? Probably don't. So then you need to stop crowning your pasta into a tiny pot. Give it some space to cook.


Dilute food that is too salty by adding more liquid, a small amount of sugar and some vinegar to balance out the flavors.


Salvage overcooked vegetables by pureeing them with a little bit of salt, olive oil and/or butter in a food processor. Serve them as a side dish. Pureed vegetables can also be turned into a soup by heating them with some water  and a bit of cream. 


Use dry bread by cutting it into thin slices, covering in a thin layer of butter or olive oil and baking at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163 degrees Celsius) until it is crisp. Serve with soups or appetizers. If bread is hard, pulse it in a food processor and use as breadcrumbs.


Make a dish out of overripe fruit by adding a touch of vanilla extract or lemon juice. Sprinkle with sugar and a little cinnamon. Mix and serve.