First time in Kitchen??? A few things to take care of…
Hey everyone !! We all love to eat… Or lets say, we all live to eat !!! Food is the most amazing thing in the world, only if you get the plate ready in your hands. But that’s possible only for a certain period of life. At some stage, we have to start cooking ourselves.
This article is mainly for the budding cooks, who just started cooking. Here, I have provided a few tips on cooking based on my experiences.
1) The first thing to do before cooking is, just clean the stove and the kitchen slab with a cloth. Free up some space around the stove to be comfortable.
2) To start with, keep all the ingredients required for the recipe handy, so that you don’t have to rush up to get stuff in the middle of cooking.
3) Don’t forget to add salt. People usually forget to add salt when they are starting. For food that are boiled, add salt in the water for boiling. For the rest, add salt at the final stage.
4) For dishes like Dosa, don’t spread the batter with ladle when the tawa is too hot. Reduce the temperature and then spread the batter, so that the dosa doesn’t break.
5) Don’t forget to wash pulses, cereals, vegetables before cooking.
6) For dishes that requires boiling, use high flame only until the water gets boiled. After that use low flame. If high flame is used through out, then the water will evaporate and the food never boils.
7) Be careful before closing the pressure cooker and check if the vent pipe is not blocked. Don’t manually release the pressure after cooking. Never ever open the cooker before the pressure is completely released, else it will explode.. Don’t forget to keep track of the whistle count. Always store cooker weight inside the cooker after washing so that it will not get lost.
8) When you mix atta with water for chapathis, add water little by little and mix it with hands. Add salt before mixing and some gingelly oil for the softness of chapathi. Don’t add water to the flour at a stretch because that may become excess sometimes.
9) When you saute in high flame, it will smoke. Don’t add anything to it until the smoke is gone to avoid injuries from oil burns. Just saute in low flame.
10) If the salt added becomes excess, add some cocunut pieces into it. Cocunut will absorb the salt content. Then remove the cocunut piece after some time.
11) When you store flours or pulses for a long time, there is a possibility of weevils ( flour bugs ) . In order to prevent them, just put some dried red chillies where the flour is stored.
12) Be careful in the dress you wear. Avoid nylon dresses. Cotton is preferable. Use kitchen towel carefully when you lift vessels from burners. The kitchen towel should not catch fire.
13 ) Always clean the kitchen and stove immediately after cooking. Never leave your kitchen dirty.
14) Its also a good habit to take bath before entering kitchen. Its believed that cleanliness is godliness.
These are some of the things I would like to share from my cooking experience. And finally, cooking will be complete only when someone eats what you cooked.
No one will be ready to risk their lives except two of your crazy friends who eats your food no matter how bad it is, because they have no other option to escape ;) So if you have such people to taste, appreciate and give you suggestions, your cooking journey will be successful :) Have a great cooking experience !!