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Daadi’s Secret Kitchen Tricks!
Posted by Editorial Team, December 26, 2014


We just love to raid our adorable Daadi’s kitty for secret recipes and cooking tips.

It’s amazing how her smart tricks can come to our rescue in the kitchen!

We present ‘The Fab 5’ from Daadi’s kitchen – tips that will ease your daily cooking marathon.


The Fab 5



  • To prevent boiling milk from spilling over, place a small spoon in the vessel – this will avert spilling of milk and sticking at the base

  • Sprinkle some flour over sticky raisins – it makes them easier to chop up

  • Refrigerate the puri dough for 10-15 minutes before frying them – this helps make puffy puris using lesser oil

  • Add raw papaya to the marinade to tenderize protein– the papain in the fruit breaks down the tough tissues to facilitate cooking




  • Place a betel leaf (paan) over leftover idli or dosa batter to prevent it from becoming sour

  • Pop in a piece of hing (asafoetida) in the red chili powder container to ensure long life

  • Add dried mint powder to rice to keep insects at bay – 5gm per kilogram

  • Remove stems of fresh chilies before storing; they stay fresh longer

  • Burn a small piece of hing (asafoetida) and invert a glass jar for pickle over it to prevent fungus




  • Boiled potatoes bake or cook quickly – and the potato skins that come off can be used to wipe mirrors surprisingly clean

  • Do not throw water used for rinsing rice and dals – this nutrient-rich water is an excellent fertilizer for plants

  • Moist tamarind smeared with a little salt is an effective polishing tool for brass and copper items

  • Add cardamom peels to your tea canister to add a mild earthy flavor to your tea



Quick fixes


  • In case you burn food in a vessel, get rid of the sticky crust by placing chopped onion pieces in it. Pour boiling water let stand for five minutes. Watch how the vessel comes clean in no time.

  • Dropped an egg on the floor? Sprinkle some salt over it. No, this isn’t innovative cooking! Wait for a few minutes and it will come off with the help of a paper towel without any hassles.

  • Yogurt has turned sour? Put it in a muslin cloth to strain its whey. Simply add milk to the curd to restore its fresh taste.

  • Too much salt in your dish? Add a few teaspoons of milk to bring the taste back to normal. If you do not want the dish to be too diluted, adding a raw potato will help too.




  • Need a stuffing base and ran out of potatoes? Cooked chana dal can work wonders as a substitute.

  • If you do not have buttermilk at your disposal, simply mix a tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of milk, let it stand for 15 minutes, and use it as an alternative.

  • If you do not have coconut milk to add to your gravy, simply make a paste of almonds or cashews for the same thick milky consistency.

  • No tomatoes in your refrigerator? Soak some kokum pods in water and use as a substitute for tanginess.



We are pretty sure that by now you are armed to be a kitchen-pro! Go ahead, use these tricks to impress friends and family.