September 30, 2014
September 29, 2014
Tip #51: Pallatable Peppercorns
Ivy Gourd Shallow Fry (Kovakkai Curry)
September 26, 2014
Tip #50: Obliging Oil Tips
If you're not careful, cooking with too much oil can lead to a lot of added calories (more than 100 per tablespoon for many oils). If you want to keep that calorie count down, here are some suggestions from Smart Samayal Tips for how to use oil wisely in cooking.
September 24, 2014
Tip #49: Practical Tips for Saving Electricity in Kitchen
When we use electricity wisely, everyone benefits- you save money and help protect the environment. Here are some simple ways to reduce your energy use in Kitchen from Smart Samayal Tips:
Choco Peanut Burfi
Gooseberry & Ginger Pickle (Nellikkai Inji Oorugai)
September 23, 2014
Tip #48: Beneficial Tips on Bell Peppers (Capsicum)
Bell peppers can add a delightful zing to lots of different dishes. Not only do they come in different sizes, colors and shape, but they all pack a different punch!These peppers have a wonderful taste and texture but are not hot. They are eaten raw used in salads or on a platter with other cut veggies and some dip.
September 22, 2014
Tip #47: Fascinating Tips to use Fenugreek Leaves (Venthaya keerai)
Fenugreek (Venthaya keerai) is an aromatic herbal plant that produces brownish seeds. The seeds have a slightly bitter taste and are roasted and ground and used as a flavoring in curries. Traditional healers recommend that people suffering from digestive problems eat Methi leaves. It heals mouth ulcers.It's a great Tonic food- tones the tissues of the body Today these Smart Samayal Tips are about Fenugreek leaves:
September 21, 2014
Tip #46: Mandatory Measuring Tips
Proper measuring of ingredients is important to successful cooking and baking. Some foods can be greatly affect by too much or too little of certain ingredients. Here are some Smart Samayal Tips for measuring techniques every cook must know:
September 20, 2014
Tip# 45: Know Your Common Cooking Mistakes
It happens to everyone. Despite our best efforts in the kitchen,
something goes terribly wrong and the dish is tough, mushy, too salty or
lumpy. Whatever the case may be, we stuck with a lousy plate of
food and a bad mood. But take heart: The most common blunders are also the easiest to prevent in the future with the help of these Smart Samayal Tips...
Delicious Eggplant Masala Curry
September 19, 2014
Tip# 44: Tea with a Twist
Tea isn't simply tea in India but it is like a staple beverage here and a day without it is impossible and incomplete. Indians prefer their steaming cup of tea because it acts as an energy booster and is simply indispensable. This popular beverage has a lot of health benefits too as its antioxidants help to eliminate toxins and free radicals from the blood. Make use of these Smart Samayal Tips and enjoy different flavours of Tea...
Ash gourd with lentils (White pumpkin Kootu)
This white pumpkin gravy made with lentils is a typical South Indian side dish and gravy made often. It is a healthy recipe which can be had as a side dish for rice or had by mixing with hot rice. This type of kootu since made with roasted spices, coconut and lentils it gives a fine aroma and hence a mouth watering one. We make this in large quantity and use it along with rice for lunch and as side dish for Chapathis for dinner....
September 18, 2014
Tip #43: Bread Spreads Delights
Bored of eating breads with butter, jam and cheese daily. Try out these combinations given by Smart Samayal Tips and enjoy a new taste...
September 17, 2014
Tip #42: Kitchen Safety Tips
Follow these Smart Samayal Tips to prevent Injuries and Accidents while cooking. Cooking has lots of fun as long as you stay safe. Unattended cooking causes many accidents.
Curry Leaves Powder and Rice (Karuveppilai Podi)
Curry leaves which are used in daily cooking has a number of health benefits. It is rich in iron and also strengthens hair root. It also enhances digestion process. This Curry leaves powder can be stored for a long time and used in different ways. This Fragrant and Yummy powder is usually had with boiled rice and on busy days it helps a lot to make lunch box ready in no time...
September 16, 2014
Tip# 41: Fabulous Food Preservation Tips
Nobody likes to waste food. Thankfully, you can make your food last longer just by storing properly. Food preservation is one of the oldest culinary techniques that dates
back thousands of years and appears in the food history of cultures all
across the globe.Make use of these Smart Samayal Tips about Food Preservation....
September 15, 2014
Tip #40: Tremendous Turmeric
Turmeric- This spice has formed a part of Indian culture and tradition since times immemorial and is considered as an herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. Being the most widely used spice, it is often referred to as the ‘Indian saffron’ It has numerous health and also Cosmetic benefits. Smart Samayal Tips tells you its Wonders....
Cold Fighting Tea
1 part Turmeric Root (dry powder or fresh root)
1 part Ginger Root (fresh preferred)
Raw Local Honey
Chop ginger into little cubes/slices and boil the ginger (and Turmeric if it’s a fresh root) in water for 10 mins. Strain into a cup. Add a teaspoon of dried powdered turmeric and fresh squeezed lemon and honey to taste. Drink as often as you can/like in order to ward off any suggestion of a cold.
Uses of Turmeric:
Turmeric is said to prevent cancer and childhood leukaemia with the aid of its main component curcumin.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
Add some turmeric and pepper to milk, and let it boil for some time, and drink it when it is hot. Instead of sugar add Palm sugar/ Rock Candy. This would relieve throat soreness.
Smoke emitting from burnt turmeric serves as a strong expectorant and relieves nose blockage.
Turmeric has an anti-coagulant action, keeping the blood thin.
Turmeric prevents the formation of gas, particularly when it is added to a high protein meal.
Turmeric relieves inflammation of the tonsils and congestion in the throat.
Turmeric powder can be added to your salad dressing to provide them an orange-yellow hue. Turmeric root can also be used in salads. For this purpose, peel and chop fresh turmeric root and this can be added to any kind of salad.
Turmeric face mask not only helps to clear acne scars and inflammation but also reduces oil secretion by sebaceous glands. You can prepare a face pack by mixing turmeric powder and sandalwood powder and adding lemon juice to the mixture.
You can apply a mixture of turmeric and aloe vera gel on the burn and experience the wound heal in no time.
You can apply a mixture of 3 spoons of turmeric with a few drops of coconut or castor oil on your heels for 10 to 15 minutes before taking a bath. Doing this regularly will soften your heels.
Citron Sweet and Sour Pachadi (Narthangai Pachadi)
Citron (Narthangai) has lot of medicinal value and very good for digestion. Almost every tamil family has Citron dry pickle at home and whenever they feel that there is some indigestion problem, they take curd rice with citron pickle as remedy. This Citron Pachadi is made with Tamarind and green chillies which serves as the side dish for curd rice and also for Dosa, Adai and Chappathis...
September 14, 2014
Tip #39: Noteworthy Nutritious Cooking Tips
Nutritious cooking begins with the good, healthy ingredients that you use to prepare your meals. Food is not only a source of calories but also source of nourishment to grow, maintain and repair tissues of the body and also prevent diseases.These Smart Samayal Tips says Preparing healthy meals is not difficult when you know the basics of nutritious cooking.
Onion Capsicum Sesame Kuzhambu
I learnt this kuzhambu recently from my Aunt. A different kuzhambu with mouthwatering taste. It is delicious to have with hot rice and Pappad and really serves heavenly combination for Curd rice. Since sesame is a very rich source of Iron and Calcium this can be included in the regular menu....
Ingredients for making Onion Capsicum Sesame Kuzhambu:
Shallots (Pearl Onions) - 10
Capsicum - 1 (Chopped)
Red chilli powder 1 1/2 tea spoon
Sesame 3 table spoons (Dry roast it till splutters and powder it)
Sesame oil 3 table spoons
Salt to taste
Jagerry 1 table spoon
Tamarind juice 4 cups taken from a lemon sized tamarind
Red chilli 2
Fenu greek 1 tea spoon
Method of Making Onion Capsicum Sesame Kuzhambu:
Heat the kadai with the oil.
Do the seasoning with mustard seeds, fenugreek, red chillies.
After they splutter add the onions and capsicum and fry for a minute.
Now pour the tamarind juice.
Let it boil after adding salt and turmeric powder, After the raw smell of the tamarind goes add the red chilli powder and jagerry.
When the gravy starts to thicken add the sesame powder. Let it boil till the oil separates. Garnish with curry leaves.
September 13, 2014
Tip #38: Captivating Cornflour Tips
Cornflour is the finely
powdered white starch extracted from maize kernels. It is virtually tasteless
and is used as a thickening agent. Bhojana's Smart Samayal Tips gives you not only its culinary uses but other surprising uses of Cornflour too...
When we make any vegetable shallow fry, in the final stage sprinkle a table spoon of cornflour to make it more crispy and magically it absorbs extra oil.
Dilute a teaspoon of cornflour and add to the boiling Spinach gravy to make it more creamy and greeny.
If you find that the dosa batter is in less quantity add 3 table spoons of corn flour and water to get extra quantity with no compromise in taste.
Take wheat flour, Corn flour and Besan flour in the proportion 3:1:1/2 and knead to dough with milk and water. Make Chapathis out of this and enjoy.
For stew, Kurma and Kootu mix 2 tea spoons of corn flour in ordinary milk and add to the gravy to replace coconut milk.
If any vegetable curry is left over, add a cup of mashed potatoes and 2 table spoon of corn flour and salt to it and mix well. make them into balls and roll on bread crumps. Slightly press them to flat. Shallow fry on tawa to get a crispy and healthy snack.
Mix a table spoon of cornflour in milk and add to any soup and stir well to get a rich and creamy effect.
In the place of rice four during emergency corn flour can be substituted while making wheat or rava dosai.
Clean Up Grease and Oil Stains on Carpeting by Pouring some cornstarch on the affected area and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Vacuum it up and now the stain is gone.
Has your silver lost its luster? Shine it right up again by making a paste with cornstarch and water. Apply the paste to the silver. After it has dried, wipe and buff clean.
Have too much fun this summer? Make a paste out of cornstarch and water and apply it on the affected area(Sun burn). Let the paste dry and then remove using lukewarm water.
Sprinkle some cornstarch on a stubborn knot to help untangle it with ease.
September 12, 2014
Tip #37: Simple Strategies & Techniques in Cooking (Part-2)
Simplifying strategies, tips, and techniques to be followed in Kitchen which are collected from different sources are here for you from Bhojana's Smart Samayal Tips.....
September 11, 2014
Tip #36: Awesome Coconut Tips
September 10, 2014
Tip #35: Delicious Banana Tips
There are many ways to eat Banana. It is consumed as a casual fruit and liked for its taste, texture and fullness. We often get the situation of having lot of ripened bananas at home and compel everybody to have it without wasting. Here are some Smart Samayal Tips to make Bananas a special Fruit...
Spicy Rajma Masala (Spicy Kidney Beans Masala)
September 08, 2014
Wheat Flour Iddiyappam (Wheat Flour String Hoppers)
September 06, 2014
Tip #31: Wonders of Coconut Oil
Cooking with coconut oil is great since it has such a high smoke point, or burning point. This means that you can cook at higher temperatures without burning the oil and damaging it’s properties. Coconut oil if used regularly in right quantity yields lots of benefits. Here are the wonders of Coconut oil from Smart Samayal Tips:
Keerai Poricha Kootu (Spinach pepper gravy)
This is a traditional way of making greens with pepper, cumin seed and coconut. It goes very well with tangy Kuzhambu like Vathakuzhambu or Kaara Kuzhambu. This nutritious and tasty kootu can also be had with plain rice and pappad...
September 05, 2014
Semiya Payasam (Vermicelli Kheer)
September 03, 2014
Tip #29: Creative Tips to use Ice Cube Trays!!!
Most of us take out the Ice Cube Trays only during summer and after summer is over we totally forget about it. Ice cube trays are not just for ice. These Ice cube Trays can be used for different Creative Purposes and Today's Smart Samayal Tips from Bhojana is about this...
September 02, 2014
Tip #28: Best ways to Refrigerate Vegetables and Fruits
Bhojana's Smart Samayal Tips gives you some suggestions to store your Veggies and Fruits as fresh as possible and prevent them from decaying...
Cabbage Ginger Curry
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