|Cooking Tips for those who dislike cooking|
Cooking tips for those who dislike cooking
1.Throw out the recipes books. Err atleast most of the recipe books. If you are a Tamilian, Meenakshi ammal's Cook and See is ok for giving an insight. But otherwise, today's cookbooks just mention recipes, we havent eaten before and we have no idea of whether it tastes bad because of our skills or the recipe.
2. Decide on what you like in your food. Eg, onion, peas etc which can be added to many things. Make it a point to include it.
3. Invest in a good vessel. Copper bottom vessels may seem good for fast cooking but you will have to stick around to stir continously to prevent the food from burning. I prefer a real teflon and if you buy the teflon, use the wooden spoon.
4. Avoid having many vessels. And its worse when you have to spend time to wash them all afterwards. Keep a small one for frying, one teflon for curry, one saucepan for boiling water stuff, one vessel for the sambar/rasam etc stuff and a cooker or anothe vessel for rice. For a person who dislikes cooking, having a kitchen with less vessels is less intimidating :)
5.Have a measuring cup and a teaspoon and tablespoon for measuring stuff. So that next time u can do it if turns out well and write down what you did whenever anything comes out well.
6.Food is not just for hunger but also for nutrition. Thankfully we dont have to spend lots of time for cooking nutritious food. Soups, juices, salads all dont take lot of time. For tasty unhealthy food there is always a restaurant.
I am not classifying the cumin seeds which generally goes with pepper or green chillies, the corainder seeds goes with red chillies and bengal gram dhal and stuff like basil, thyme etc which depends on individual tastes.
If it is too thin, mix a tablespoon of riceflour or cornflour in half cup of cold or lukewarm water and then add it to ur food and bring it to a boil. Dont add directly it will just lump.
9.Keep a plan of what you want to cook. Generally we buy what is available and cook according to it. Its important to have an idea of what we want to eat and it is definitely less stressing. Having a plan also helps when it comes to preparation. Eg stuff like channa or other dry beans variety have to be soaked overnight are a good source of protein. But unless we plan, we might not cook them.
10. Never waste your time aiming for perfection. Chapathi is important not a round chapathi.
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