the work area clean : Work in a clean and uncluttered space.
This will help you organize your thoughts better. It may mean clearing
up the counter and table top space but it
will be worth it.
cooking steps ahead of time : Many a times reading the
recipe and familiarizing yourself with the cooking method is a great
way of starting out.
the recipe to the T : Try a recipe once, the way it is
recommended the first time. Make changes as you see fit the next
time, this way you can taste the recipe as it was meant to be cooked.
a recipe : Try to taste the recipe in a restaurant as you
will have some idea of how it should taste.
of Dosa batter : If you live in a centrally air conditioned
flat and want to make dosas, keep the dosa batter overnight in the
microwave (switched off, of course), as the interior of the microwave
will be warmer than the rest of the house. Also, a pinch of sugar
into the batter gives a lovely brown color to the dosa.
Garlic Paste Freshness : Mix a pinch of salt to the Ginger/Garlic
paste and refrigerate it for a fresh cooking . Paste will last longer
and fresh for months.
Ginger & Garlic paste : When you have free time, use
it to prepare a bottle of ginger garlic paste, which can be used
to be used later while cooking.
Masalas: Pre-Prepare most of your "masalas" ahead
pre-prepare for future use: If you are a fan of fresh methi
(fenugreek leaves) then on a weekend you can clean them up and place
the methi in a freezer ziploc bag and freeze it. It can be stored
for months. You can use this to make a quick methi aloo accompanied
with some sweet raita at time of emergency .
Samosas: To make crispy samosas add 1 tsp of rice flour
to 1 cup of maida.
Pakoras: For crispy pakoras add little hot oil in the batter
Onions: Add a little salt, onions become brown faster.
leftover rice: Rice is best stored in containers that can
Dishtowel: Pull a dishtowel or rag partially through the
belt loop on your jeans/sari. The towel is handy to wipe your hands
on at any time, and you don't have to keep looking for one when
you need it most.