How to julienne a capsicum easily?

I came across this easy way to julienne a capsicum on the internet. It was really simple. But a simple hack can make our life much easier 🙂 So I wanted to share this with you all. I hope this will be as useful for you as it was for me. Happy cooking 🙂 

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Andhra Dosakaya Pachadi Recipe | Dosaikai Pachadi Recipe

Dosakaya known as Dosaikai in Tamil is a variety of cucumber that is round and slightly sour. This pachadi is a traditional dish of Andhra that is usually served with steamed rice and ghee. This also goes well with curd rice. I got this recipe from a cookery show and modified it a bit to suit my taste. I am not sure if this is the traditional method of preparing this pachadi but it was too good with a burst of flavors. Some melon tastes bitter. So we have to be careful while choosing the melon. Try this and let me know how it turned out for you!

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Kootanchoru Recipe

This is an absolutely yummy traditional food from my home town Tirunelveli and one of my most favourite dishes. I guess this is also prepared in some of the villages of Tamilnadu. This dish brings back many evergreen memories to me as this is our family’s favourite picnic lunch. Nothing can satisfy your hunger like this after bathing for hours in a river or a waterfall. People who have experienced that great feeling would agree with me 🙂

Made with rice, dal, vegetables, spinach and spices, this is a complete and a healthy food. This is also a best way to use the leftover vegetables in your refrigerator. Here I am sharing the fuss-free and an easy pressure cooker method that is suitable for today’s busy life. I admit that kootanchoru cooked in open vessel tastes better but this pressure cooker version also tastes great! Appalam or koozh vathal is the perfect accompaniment for this. Try and enjoy this truly satisfying forgotten recipe of Tamilnadu 🙂

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Mixed Vegetable Dal Recipe | Toddler Recipes

Your cute little toddler undergoes a period of incredible growth. Toddlers develop at a rapid pace physically as well as intellectually. They need proper nutrition at this stage for their progress. I wouldn’t say that food is enough for their development. But there is no denying of the fact that food plays a major role in their complete development. As a mom, we have to ensure that they don’t lack sufficient nutrition.

This mixed vegetable dal is a nutritious blend of fresh vegetables and dal. You can add any vegetables of your choice. It has cumin seeds and garlic that help in digestion. Mix this with rice and add a few drops of ghee. Your kids will love this for sure 🙂

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How to clean mushrooms?

Cleaning mushrooms was a tedious task for me before. There are many instructions available on the internet to clean the mushrooms most of which are confusing. Some say you should never wash mushrooms as they absorb water. Some do not suggest to peel the outer skin. A few people say it is fine to wash the mushrooms and wipe them with a kitchen towel. It was difficult to choose the right method. Here is what I do now to clean them.

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Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe

These days fried rice has become synonymous with unhealthy food. We are cautioned against eating unhygienically prepared fried rice at the roadside stalls. But this can be prepared as healthy as possible at home without having to compromise on taste. This is my simple version of the globally popular Chinese Fried Rice. Fresh vegetables and spices are cooked over high heat and tossed with perfectly cooked rice. I do not use MSG in my cooking and this is no exception. Here goes the recipe for this easy fried rice!

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15 Useful tips to reduce LPG consumption

As the number of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders is limited, here are some useful tips to help you use it efficiently and minimize the fuel consumption. Most of you might be familiar with many of these points but this will be useful for the beginners.

1. Keep all the items for cooking ready. You are wasting the fuel if you search for things after switching on the stove.
2. Wipe the vessels dry before keeping it on the stove. If it takes 1 minute to dry a wet pan over the flame and if this happens 5 times a day, the fuel required to burn for 5 minutes is wasted! If this happens everyday, fuel required to keep the flame on for 2 1/2 hours is wasted in a month! This is indeed a significant figure.
3. Bring the refrigerated foods to room temperature before heating so that the fuel required to bring the cold food to room temperature would be saved.

4. Cover and cook as much as possible so that the food gets cooked faster by the steam inside.
5. Soak the rice and dhal before cooking so that they take less time to cook.
6. Use clean vessels to cook. Unclean vessels increase the fuel consumption by 10%.
7. Pressure cook as far as possible.
8. Do not use big pans to cook food in smaller quantity. Use the right sized pans. Ensure that your pan covers the flame.
9. Adjust the flame according to your need. Don’t cook in high flame always.

10. Use the right amount of water because fuel is wasted in heating the excess water.
11. Get the burners, regulator and pipe serviced regularly.
12. Food burns and sticks to a copper bottom pan quickly because of the high heat produced by it. But these copper bottomed cookwares can be used to heat water or reheat food as it heats soon.
13. Try to cook as many items as possible in a pressure cooker at the same time. But do not dump many food inside.
14. The flame should be blue or colourless. If it is yellow in colour, it means that incomplete burning is taking place. It also indicates that it is time to get your burners serviced.
15. Switch off just a few seconds before the dish is done. The heat of the cooked food and the pan is enough to cook the rest.

Palak Paneer Recipe

I remember, the first time I came across this dish, I expected it to taste like keerai masiyal with chunks of paneer. But this proved me wrong with its irresistible taste. Even my husband who is extremely picky when it comes to spinach based dishes, loved it so much. As with many Indian dishes, this punjabi delicacy also has countless recipes. I follow this recipe to which I am hooked on after numerous attempts. With a spicy spinach based gravy and soft paneer cubes, this is something that is not to be missed.

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