“Let Food be your first medicine and Kitchen be your first pharmacy”
Apply mashed/sliced raw potato (or banana) over a burn on your body for magical healing and cooling effect
Apply a mixture of 1 pinch of chewing tobacco and 1 drop of water. Mix and apply directly and immediately to the sting; cover with bandaid to hold in place. Pain will go away in just a few short minutes
Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers
Garlic can be used to treat cough, chronic bronchitis, sore throat, hoarseness, sinus problems, asthma, ear infection, indigestion, stomach ache, colic, ringworm, toothache, and bug bites
To cure ear infections fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily or five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Ginger-You can use ginger to treat an upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn, nausea and motion sickness; regular body pain and arthritis pain; a cold, cough and other respiratory health problems; fever; and menstrual cramps. It has also been proven that ginger can be used to control different types of cancer due to its ability to slow the growth of cancer cells
Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York ’s Columbia University
Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers
Prevent digestive upsets with pineapple-Got gas? One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours, say researchers at California ’s Stanford University
Relax painful muscles with peppermint- Suffering from tight, sore muscles? Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren’t properly treated. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves --a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers
Honey is for everything-
• On superficial wounds, such as cuts and burns, honey acts as an antibacterial agent, rapidly cleaning out and preventing further infection. One found that burns treated with honey healed, on average, in 11 days—4 days less than burns treated without it. The sweet stuff also reduced swelling and minimized scarring.
• Heal mouth sores with honey-Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear, and they’ll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, say researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates . Raw honey’s natural enzymeszap inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues
Tips On Cutting & Peeling Vegetables:
Wash vegetables before peeling or cutting to preserve the water soluble vitamins.
Peel vegetables as thinly as possible to preserve the minerals and vitamins.
Soak potatoes and eggplant after cutting, to avoid discoloration
If you boil vegetables in water, do not throw the water, keep it to make gravies
To avoid browning of apples after cutting, apply a little lemon juice on the cut surface. The apples will stay and look fresh for a longer time
Remove the stems of green chilies while storing them .This will help them to stay fresh for long
After peeling onions cut in half and soak in water for about 10 minutes before cutting to avoid crying
Soak almonds in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes .The skin will peel off easily.
Remove the outer leaves and husks from the corn (bhutta). Holding the corn upright with the flat end firmly in a board, take a sharp knife and run it down between the kernels and the cob to strip them away
Wrap the fruits and vegetables in newspaper before refrigerating to keep them fresh for long
Chopping dry fruits - Freeze them first for one hour & then dip the knife into hot water before cutting them
Tips On Frying :
Heat the oil thoroughly before adding seasonings or vegetables. And Fry the seasonings until they change color, to get full flavor of seasonings
Add some hot oil and 1/2 tsp of baking soda in batter while making pakodas and Pakodas will turn out crisper if a little corn flour is added to the gram flour (besan) while preparing the batter
If you are making patties or tikkis of potatoes, always make sure that the potatoes are boiled well in advance and cooled before you use them. It would be better if they can be refrigerated for a short time. This helps the starch in the potatoes to settle down and the tikkis will not be gooey
Smoke Mustard oil first before using for preparing vegetables etc.. by heating to a point till light white smoke emerges from it. This would remove the potency from the oil.
To make pooris more crispy add a little rice flour to the wheat flour while kneading.
Tips On Cooking :
To make 1 cup of dal, add atleast 2-3 cups of water, depending on the type of dal.
Soak whole pulses overnight and other dals for one hour before cooking.
Always add hot water to the gravy to enhance the taste.
Always use heavy bottomed vessels to make desserts, in order to avoid burning. Also While boiling milk, always add a little water at the base of the vessel to avoid the milk from sticking at the bottom.
Whenever curd is to be added to the masala, it should be beaten well and add gradually.
Chop some extra vegetables, for next day stir fry so that the vegetables become more crispy
Never discard water in which vegetables are cooked, use it in gravies, soups, rasam or kolumbu. Use the leftover dal water to make rasam or sambar.
Add a tsp. of hot oil to homemade pastes of garlic, ginger or green chili, along with pinch of salt to make it last longer and taste fresher.
Add a few drops of lemon a tsp of oil to rice before boiling to separate each grain. Add a little bit of ghee or oil to your rice before cooking to make it more tasty and ensure that the grains don’t stick to one another.
Immediately after boiling noodles put them in normal cold water to separate them each
If you forget to soak chana/Rajma overnight. Just soak the chana/Rajma in the boiling water for an hour before cooking
Keep some boiled potatoes in fridge, to make quick sandwiches for breakfast
General Kitchen Tips:
Putting 3-4 cloves in sugar container will keep the ants at bay.
If you keep a piece of blotting paper at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for a longer time
Use a wooden board to chop. It will not blunt the knife. Don`t use a plastic board, small plastic pieces may go with the vegetables
Immerse coconut in water for ½ an hour to remove its hust
While kneading the dough to make rotis or parathas, add lukewarm to hot water instead of cold water. This will make softer chappatis. You can also add some freshly crumbled homemade paneer for extra deliciousness and softness
If you want to make crispy potato sabzi, soak the peeled potatoes in cold water for 30 - 45 minutes and then fry them with your masalas
Egg freshness test by putting egg in glass of water, if it floats toss it!
How to peel an Orange in four easy steps
Store Ice Cream in a bag it keeps Ice Cream soft and delicious
DIY – Turn any cup into Travel Cup for kids with Pres n Seal plastic
Rolling Citrus Fruit-This bursts the tiny juice-filled cells in the lemons’s flesh, allowing more of the juice to be extracted
Parchment Paper To The Rescue – Line your baking pans with parchment paper before making brownies or cake to avoid mess
How to cut a bell pepper FAST
Make your honey like new again by keeping honey bottle into hot water for few minutes.
Cutting Cherry Tomatoes very easily and faster by holding tomatoes in-between plastic and cut it in a one shot
Make crystal clear ice with boiling water
Rub egg shells with vegetable oil before refrigerating. The oil will keep the eggs fresh for an additional three to four weeks
Hide garlic and onions in holey paper bags to keeping it fresh for more than a month
Store apples and potatoes together, Ethylene gas from apples keeps potatoes from sprouting
Easy way to peel a mango, avoid sticky fingers and leave no mango behind
Store pineapple upside down. It Speeds ripening process by forcing sugars to flow to the top. Just be sure to pluck top leaves first
Flip natural nut butter upside down a few days before you open it. Stirring will be 100x easier and you’ll avoid that stiff bottom layer that usually gets tossed with the jar
Wrap banana crowns in plastic wrap. They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual
Add spent coffee grounds to potted plants. Coffee grounds contain nutrients needed by acid-loving plants like roses, hydrangea, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and tomatoes
Tic Tac Containers Make the Perfect Spice Storage