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Curd Made In A Jiffy

Curd can be made at any place with just a little milk and an edible acid like vinegar or yeast.
It is not only filling ,but also healthy.It is rich in calcium and proteins.It also relieves constipaton.It goes easy on our stomache as it does not contain complicated molecules like lactic acid.Since it is fermented , it aids digestion.

HOW TO PREPARE THICK CURD
  • Boil milk completely without adding water.
  • Leave it to cool to room temperature and remove the cream formed on top.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of curd to the milk and stir it well.
  • Leave it to stay for 8 hours.Refrigerate it for 1 hour for better results
*Donot disturb the bowl while the curd is setting .

SILKY WHITE ROTIS

Tired of Rotis ? Can't have Dosa ? Don't want Idli ?
No wheat , no oil , something easy on stomache , but can't have rice ?
TRY RICE ROTI !!!
Ingredients :
Finely powdered and roasted rice flour - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
Salt
Preparation :
Boil the water in a vessel and add salt . Add the rice flour to the boiling water , stirring continuously . Remove from fire as soon as all the water gets absorbed by the flour. Leave it to cool. Now make a soft dough out of it . Divide it into lemon sized balls and flatten it to make it into thin rotis . Cook them one by one like how chappathis are made.
* NO OIL
Rice rotis go well with any spicy curry .

Sweet somethings - two easy-to-bake ideas to fill your home with joy



  BUTTER COOKIES

  Butter                -      1 cup (200 g)

  Flour                  -   2 1/4   cups

  Fine sugar         -   1 cup

  Egg                     -  1

  Vanilla essence -   1 tsp

                                         Preheat your oven to 390 deg F (200 deg C) . Mix sugar and butter together . Stir the remaining ingredients into the mix . Place dough in cookie press . Form desired shapes in ungreased cookie sheet . The dough can also be shaped by hand , or rolled out and cut into desired shapes . If the dough is rolled out , make the dough a little more firm by adding a little extra flour . Bake until set .It takes about 9 to 12 mins.Remove the cookies immediately from the cookie sheet .

CARROT CAKE

Flour                                         -        2 cups

Eggs                                           -         3

Vegetable oil                         -        1 cup

Sugar                                        -        1  1/2  cups

Shredded carrots                -         3  cups

Coarsely chopped nuts     -        1  cup

Baking soda                           -        1  1/2  tsp

Nutmeg powdered              -         1/4  tsp

                                                                            Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C) . Grease a round cake tin and dust it with flour . Mix sugar , oil and eggs till it gets smooth . Sieve the flour and baking  powder together and add it slowly to the mix . Beat for one minute . Stir in carrots and nuts, along with nutmeg powder and vanilla essence. Now, pour it into the tin and bake . Check if done by inserting a long wooden pick in the centre of the cake - the pick should emerge clean . Allow it to cool and invert it onto a plate .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

THE ART OF COOKING .


Most of the newly wedded,rush to the book store to grab the latest cook book in town. Their only wish at that moment would be to become a good cook,always appreciated by the family and friends. Some books would do wonders, but some????? Certain minute details might not be included in these books,which would not be a problem for an experienced cook,but for a beginner,it is a problem.So, it is always better to choose the right book for the apt person.Apart from the books, the person involved should have genuine interest in the art of cooking!

GOOD MORNING TEA !!


To prepare a good cup of tea is something which many of us always try hard and end up making it taste different each day. Every morning ,we happen to see someone or the other making a fuss about the tea. It is mostly about the excess milk or no flavour.Some people would be expert cooks, but when it comes to making a cup of tea, it would be a TRAGEDY!I suggest a 2:1 ratio of water and milk, or if the milk is to be reduced,2 1/4: 3/4 would be perfect .The above ratio makes 3 cups of tea for which 3 teaspoons of tea leaves can be added once the water and milk boils .Donot allow it to boil further.Sugar can be added as desired
THAT MAKES A GOOD CUP OF TEA WHICH MAKES YOUR DAY REFRESHING!!!

A pinch of cardamom and ginger in my tea is my favourite.

**Tea or coffee contains calories which gets converted to fat. It is better to have tea or coffee not more than 2 cups in a day . People who are  addicted to it can have it without milk and sugar

 
DID YOU KNOW THAT:
1. adding a pinch of sugar while cooking green peas helps in retaining its green colour.

2. to make soft and yummmy scrambled eggs,add about 3 teaspoons of milk to an egg
.

3. to avoid breaking of eggs , while boiling , immerse the eggs into boiling water.

4. while preparing kheer , add sugar only after the rice is cooked well ,  or else, the time taken to cook the rice can be delayed.

SOME POTATO FACTS:


a) if the salt added to the curry is more, you can add a piece of potato into it and cook.Excess salt will be adsorbed by the potato.

b) while chopping some vegetables, the stains caused can be removed by rubbing a slice of fresh potato over it.

c) discoloration of chopped potatoes can be avoided by immersing it in cold water .

d) mud stains can be removed from clothes by soaking in potato stalk.

TO PREPARE CRISPY FRIED POTATOES,

                  Cut the potatoes into very thin slices and wash them well in cold water

to remove the excess starch in it. Remove from water and dry it well with paper

napkins or a towel , so that the excess moisture on the potato slices can be

removed. Heat oil in a frying pan (low flame) and drop the slices one by one.Fry

it  till it turns golden yellow. Add salt and serve.             

                To make french fries ,  the diced potatoes should be boiled in water till it is cooked upto 70./. Then , fry them in oil .