Festival season – time to meet, greet, and eat (not that we don’t do it otherwise, but more so during this time of the year). Who doesn’t like delicious food being served? Tempting food definitely makes everyone feel welcome and adds that festive touch. Sharing with you a few easy kitchen tips that have helped me over the years to impress my guests.
11 kitchen tips for easy cooking.
- Keep your refrigerator well stocked (boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, chutneys and dips, heat and serve snacks, and ready to fry snacks).
2. Sabjiyon ka raja – potato, if boiled and stocked, will give you a number of options for quick snacks and main course.
Make cutlets, hash potatoes, add them to chat, bhel puri, use them in canapés, deep fry and sprinkle mixed herbs….. there are so many ways to use them. Use them readily for stuffed poori, poori bhaji, or simple jeera alloo.
3. Dahi vadas are a staple party recipe. Keep them ready and use them as snacks or with main course.
Want to make instant Dahi Bhalle? Cut bread in halves, dip in a thin paste of besan and deep fry. Soak in water, drain out excess water, and your vadas are ready to go in curd.
4. Unannounced visitors? Don’t worry! Make instant Rava Idlis with Eno. Serve them with coconut chutney or with gunpowder. You can even deep fry them and serve masala idlis. Trust me your guests will gobble them all up.
5. Keep marinated chicken in your fridge. You can bake it, shallow fry it, or even grill it and serve with your favorite dip.
6. How can a party be complete, if there is no Dal Makhani? Sudden need to make Dal Makhani and Urad dal not soaked? Use a mix of whole moong and masoor dals.
7. Make ice cubes with edible food colors added to water. It’s a visual treat to see these cubes melting in a drink. The kids will love you even more for this!
8. For instant Gajar ka Halwa, grate carrots and steam them in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes. Add khoya or condensed milk, some nuts and delicious halwa is ready to serve.
9. Don’t we all enjoy traditional rasgullas and gulab jamuns? Use the leftover syrup to make Shahi Tukda. Fry some pieces of bread and dip in sugar syrup. Top it with condensed milk, garnish with nuts and serve to win hearts.
10. Simple boiled eggs become an attractive snack if served with chicken salami. Place halved boiled eggs in the middle and border the platter with salami for a different presentation.
11. Dessert with a difference – spread a layer of boondi in a bowl. Place small gulab jamuns on it and then add a layer of fresh cream. Repeat the layers. Garnish with some dry fruits and rose petals. This dessert will surely be the showstopper of your party.
Hope these tips work well for you. Do let me know if you try any of these. I’ll see you soon.