Tofu is also known as Bean Curd sometimes as "the cheese of Asia", is made from coagulating soybean milk. It is then given good shape. It is said to be originated in ancient china. Tofu is widely used for cooking and many variety of tofu is been available in the market. Tofu got a subtle flavor and off-white color so it can blend well with all ingredients. It is low in calorie, high in Iron, rich in protein and high source of omega-3 Fatty acids.
Cooking Tips And Techniques
Tempering or Seasoning:
Heat oil in a wok, when it is hot add mustard and once it starts to splutter add the rest of the seasoning ingredient one by one. In most Indian Cooking Seasoning plays main and most important roll. Seasoning the dish will enhance the flavor and add pleasing taste to the dish.
Add a pinch of sugar to the water when boiling corn on the cob helps to bring out the natural taste of the corn.
Over Salted Dish:
If the curry or gravy or soup is too salty, add a dash of sugar and squeeze a lemon juice to balance the taste.
If accidentally poured additional salt to the dish which is still cooking, peel the potato and drop in it, this will absorb the excess salt.
Good Fresh Eggs:
To determine whether the eggs are fresh or not, place the eggs in a cool salt water (use big Water glass). If it sinks,then it is fresh. If it rise up to the surface, it is quite old (sometimes spoiled) throw it away.
Peel outer skin of Potato in one step:
After boiling potatoes, place them in a bowl of ice cold water just for few seconds, then grab the skin with both hands, twist and pull apart. Easy one step to slide the skin.... Overcooking is probably your biggest kitchen mistake Overcooked vegetables are mushy and flavorless, overcooked meat is tough and chalky, overcooked grains are soggy and fall apart. In other words, overcooked food is bad food. Learn the art of taking food off the heat just before it is done, and let it finish cooking with its internal temperature. You can always cook it more, but you can never cook it less.
Useful Gadgets Maintenance Tips
Make Microwave Fresh:
To make microwave fresh, place a cup of water with 1/2 a lemon squeezed with rind and 3-4 cloves. Microwave high for 5minutes and oven will become fresh,clean with good smell.
Clean And Odorless Refrigerator:
To maintain fridge free from bad odor and clean, stack up with the newspaper on all trays and keep changing paper once a week. This will be greatly helpful for maintenance and stale free condition.
Homemade Health Remedies
Gargling with tamarind water is suggested good for sore throat.
To get rid of teeth ache just take 2 cloves and bite it with the tooth that aches.
To get relief from headache add few Tulsi/Basil Leaves to the boiling water and drink it.
To cure indigestion problem instantly at home have Carom/Ajwain seeds with hot water.
Regular intake of horse gram powder with little water greatly helps to reduce skin rashes and boils.
Taking horse gram water while suffering from cold with excessive phlegm, extracts and give relief from the phlegm.
Apply coconut oil on the chapped and dried out lips several times a day to retain its moisture. and back to normal to skin texture.
Have a glass of warm water after heavy lunch or dinner at party to ease you from stomach abnormal or indigestion.
To give instant relief from excessive body heat , have a glass of barley drink / water.
A pinch of asofoetida with buttermilk (curd mixed with water) will be the natural way to treat gastric problem.
Drinking coconut water is very effective for intestinal gas problem.
Drink lemon juice mixed with luke warm water every morning to shape up body.
Regular intake of lemon juice will helps to improve immune system.
Aloe Vera is considered a miracle for overall health benefits. One of them is It’s invaluable when you scrape your arm or burn your finger while cooking. Just break off a leaf and rub the gel from the inside on the injury. So always keep an aloe vera plant in your kitchen.
An easy home remedy to soothe red eyes is a ice pack. Use it as a cold compress for 5 minutes on each eye, twice a day. Also can try this, soak 2 sterile cotton balls with rose water, close the eyes and place a cotton ball on each eye. Leave this on for 15 minutes, twice a day.
Handy Kitchen Tips
To keep sugar container free from ants, add 2-3 cloves onto the jar.
Immerse the coconut in water for half an hour to remove its hust easily.
To make fruits ripen, cover them with paper and place it in a warm area for 2-3 days(enthylene gas they emit helps to ripe).
To squeeze juice out of lemon or lime easily when it is hard, place it in warm water for 5-10 or microwave for 15 seconds on high. This helps to get more juice out of it.
Place a beetle leaf to prevent leftover Idli or dosa batter becoming sour .
To make dosa or crepes crispy, soft and golden brown color, add fenugreek seeds while soaking rice and lentil to prepare batter.
Donot deep fry paneer for preparing dish instead place paneer in hot warm for 15-20 minutes.
Donot throw away the water used for vegetable cooking, make use of it while preparing soup.
Chop vegetables only before use, do not cut in too advance as this will reduce the food value.
To keep vegetables fresh for longer days, wrap it in a newspaper or zip lock bags before storing in fridge.
To keep the yogurt fresh for longer days, place the yogurt cup with water filled at the brim and refrigerate(change water every day).
To make chappati softer, add one boiled and mashed potato while preparing dough.
To make curd to set faster during winter season, add one dried red chilli while you set.
When a recipe calls for the zest of citrus fruit like orange/lemon, buy unwaxed fruit n wash well bfr using, if you can only find treated fruit, scrub well in warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly before using.
While making foods like pakora, bhaji, savouries ,fritters or any kind of deep frying foods add a teaspoon carom / Ajwain seeds to the batter, this will greatly helps to digest the oily stuffs faster.