Indian Cooking Tips

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The reason Indian cuisine is so amazing is due to the fact that it needs to be prepared with passion and dedication. There are a lot of stir fried dishes that require your constant attention. As a result, a lot of people avoid cooking Indian food at home and prefer to eat it out. However not all traditional Indian restaurants reflect the authenticity of the dishes. Furthermore, nothing compares to the pleasure of enjoying a good meal with your family, knowing that you have put effort as well as love into the preparation of the dishes. Read the following lines for a few Indian cooking tips that will help you improve your cooking skills.

1. Masalas

Indian cuisine is full of flavor. The reason for this is the major importance that is given to the spices also known as masalas. Many traditional Indian dishes contain fried masalas. There are two categories of spices: the wet ones( onion, ginger, garlic) and the dry ones( powders). In order to master the art of cooking Indian food you need to learn the best way of combining the masalas. If you do it properly you can even cook two similar dishes that taste completely different. This doesn’t necessary mean that you have to know the proper spice quantities for each dishes. It mainly means that you have to rely on your senses in order to create unique dishes. The Indian culinary universe is full of flavors which makes the cooking process quite fun and exciting. As a general rule the masalas are done frying when they change their initial pungent smell to a more subtle one.

2. Vegetables preparation techniques

Vegetables represent an important part of Indian cuisine. They are full of nutrients and help the body develop immunity against several diseases. Indian cooking recipes often contain vegetables prepared in multiple ways such as sautes, stir-frying, boiling, simmering, roasting, steaming, grilling as well as integrating them in sauces. Although Indian cuisine can be quite sophisticated, most common dishes can be prepared in a timely manner. A few tips that will help you save time is buying non-stick cookware and a food processor. This will help you save time when preparing vegetables and will also help you avoid culinary disasters.

3. Curry and other traditional prepared ingredients

Contrary to popular beliefs, Indian cuisine is not just about curry, although it does play an important part. Therefore if you really want to be an authentic Indian cook you need to know how to prepare curry even if you won’t cook it regularly. When cooking curry a lot of people have troubles with finding the right amount of salt. However the secret is to add salt in small amounts until you find the perfect balance. Don’t despair if you accidentally drop too much salt. Just add more potatoes in order to balance the salt. Aside from curry, there are other prepared ingredients that are used in many Indian cooking recipes such as sugar sirup, ghee, paneer, curd, khoya, boondi, brown onions as well as various marination mixes for chicken.

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