1 ) If Basmati rice is over cooked & soggy,add a tps ghee / butter. The grains will separate.
Or Drain all the water using a colander, pour cold water all over the hot cooked rice and drain well.
2 ) To prevent eyes from watering while cutting onions, cut onion in half & soak halves in water for 5- 10 minutes.
Or Chew a gum while cutting onion.
3 )To peel the skin off the tomatoes...keep the tomatoes in boiling water for 2 minutes & then in icy cold water. Peel comes off easy.
4 ) Soak potatoes for an hour in water before cooking to reduce cooking time by half.
5) Soak lentils/dal for an hour in water,before cooking....will cook faster.
6) Do not soak vegetables in water before cooking. This causes loss of vitamins and minerals.
7 ) Do not add baking soda, when cooking green vegetables. It keeps them green but destroys their vitamin contents.
8 ) Avoid any delay between peeling,chopping and cooking.
9 )Pappad can be cooked in microwave without any oil. Place pappad on a paper towel and cook for 1 minute. Depends on the microwave for cooking time.
10 ) If rice dishes, like fried rice, pulao ... turns out very spicy. To reduce spice level, add lime juice liberally. It will reduce the burning hot level to certain extent.
11 ) To identify & buy fresh prawns, check the head part of the prawns /shrimp. If it's clear white, without any coloration, then it's fresh. If it's not white & has orange or blackish color, then its been sitting on ice for a long time.
12 ) To ripen raw green plantains, place then in a bag of uncooked rice and cover with the rice. It will take a few days to ripen. You can try same method with other fruits like mango.
13 ) To clean Mushroom : Mix a spoon of cornflour in water & wash mushroom with this. This will remove all the surface mud.