Monday, October 11, 2010

Microwave Tips

Cover vegetables to retain moisture and help them cook more quickly, but don’t seal tightly.
Stir vegetables, especially when reheating, to cook them evenly.
Scrub beetroot gently, but don’t peel before cooking. Skins will slip off easily after
they’re cooked - just peel them while they’re still warm. Use paper toweling to avoid
staining your hands.
Pierce beetroot and other root vegetables with a fork or skewer to check that they’re cooked.
Don’t overcook cabbage, which will result in a strong, sulfurous odor and mushy texture.
Red cabbage will turn a bluish-purple colour when cooked. The cabbage is red to begin with
because it contains a high amount of acid. The acid cooks off along with the steam, leaving
the cabbage alkaline – which produces a bluish-purple colour. Hard water, which is more
alkaline, will cause more discolouration.

Waxed cucumbers should be peeled. Unwaxed cucumbers may be peeled with a swivel peeler or
left unpeeled.
Garlic burns easily – add it only at the end of cooking and watch it closely.
Leafy Greens
Leafy greens – especially spinach – should be washed carefully to remove all dirt. Fill a
large pot with water and fresh greens: swish the greens in the water to loosen the dirt,
which then sinks to the bottom.
Wash leafy greens such as spinach or Swiss chard – but don’t dry them - and cook with no
added water. Greens cook quickly. The water on the leaves is enough if they’re cooked over
medium heat until the leaves are just “wilted”. Less water means more retained nutrients.
If potatoes aren’t organic, it’s best to peel them. Peeling potatoes is easiest with a swivel
Cut off any green spots before cooking.
Pierce potatoes (and other root vegetables) to let steam escape – otherwise they could
explode in the oven or microwave.
When making mashed potatoes, be careful not to “overwork” them. Don’t overcook the potatoes
or mash them in a food processor. This will result in a gluey, rather than fluffy, end
Keep mashed potatoes warm for up to half an hour by putting them in a covered heatproof bowl.
Put the bowl in a pot of hot water on the stovetop with the burner set on low.
To keep more nutrients in “boiled” potatoes, boil them for about 15 minutes, then drain off
the water and steam them until they’re done

Try some of these suggestions to make preparing and cooking vegetables easier.

Stir-Frying Tips

Cut vegetables in same-size pieces so they’ll all take the same time to cook
Add vegetables that take the longest to cook first - dense vegetables such as broccoli and

carrots, for example. Next, add softer vegetables such as peppers and onions. Add garlic

Monday, May 31, 2010

pizza recipe

This is something different pizza recipe

veggie pizza recipe - (Serves 4) Cooking time - 9½ min
an easy breakfast pizza recipe !

100 gm flour (maida)
30 gm butter
100 gm potato
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 tbsp readymade tomato puree
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp coriander powder
¼ tsp Oregano
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp chilli powder
50 gm cheese mozzarella
½ medium onion (thinly sliced)
½ medium capsicum (thinly sliced)

1. Put the potato in a polythene bag and Micro high for 2 ½ minutes.
2. Mash the cooked potato to a smooth paste. Keep aside to cool.
3. Rub butter into the flour till it resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Add mashed potato, baking powder and salt.
5. Knead to a dough using a few tbsp cold water.
6. To prepare the sauce, mix all the ingredients.
7. Roll out pizza dough and spread out in the dish.
8. Spread the sauce on the base, leaving ¼" space all around.
9. Micro high uncovered for 6 minutes.
10. Mix a little salt to the onion and capsicum. Sprinkle this mixture on the pizza.
11. Grate cheese over it. Micro high uncovered for 1 minute.

Monday, February 1, 2010

For a Balanced Diet

In today's fast life,nobody gets time to make full fledged meals or dishes.Our body should get all needed nutrients to make us healthy.We should see whether essentials calories are getting for us in a day.Calories requirement defers from person to person. Depending upon Age,how healthy he or she is and exercises etc.Leafy vegetables and orange fruits helps us to regain our strength.

A balanced diet should contain essential
Fibre etc in our day to day life.

Carbohydrates we will get sufficient energy.
Proteins are essential for growth
Fats if not get properly we wont get needed vitamins
Vitamins are needed to keep us healthy

So one should intake Carbohydrates,Proteins,Fats,Vitamins,Fibre etc in correct proportions

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