Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to peel off garlic skin easily?

When there is a need of bulk quantity of garlic to be peeled off, (while making pickles) you can try these tips to make it easy.
  • Soak the garlic in water for 6-8 hours or you can soak it in the previous night. It will be very easy to peel it off. 
  • Apply some oil on the garlic and keep it in sunlight for 1-2 hours. This also is an easy method.
Tip: For more easy, first cut the root end of the garlic. Then do rest.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gastric problem annoys you?

Cumin seeds are a good remedy for gastric problems. Let us see how we will get relief with cumin seeds in case of gastric problem.
Preheat a pan and splutter some (1 tea spoon) cumin seeds (aviyal jeerakam) in it without oil. It will turn black. Now add a glass of water and allow it to boil. Cool it (lukewarm) and drink. Chew the cumin seeds also. You will get relief in next few minutes. 
Tip: I got this tip from my mother. She uses this whenever suffers with gastric problems. I too have tried it out.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A tip to retain the freshness of coconut

When we keep coconut in fridge, it becomes dry in 2 or 3 days. We can retain its freshness by keeping the coconut in a zip lock cover or in a polythene cover. It will be easy to grate too. Try this out!
Tip: We can keep all the vegetables in a zip lock/polythene cover like this to retain freshness. It is better to wrap leafy vegetables in a paper and keep it in a cover for long time freshness.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Turmeric powder as a remedy for cough in kids.

As all of us know, turmeric has lots of medicinal uses. I could see that turmeric powder is a best medicine for cough in kids. Add a pinch of turmeric powder (it should be pure & better if we can use home made powder) to warm milk (sugar can be added) and drink twice a day for 2-3 days. It's very effective. 
Note: I got this tip from my father in law when my son caught cough in his younger age. I have never given him any cough syrups yet. So I usually suggest this tip to all my friends and sharing it here too.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Some easy tips to make chapatis/dosas/idlis/biriyani more nutritious.

Like all mothers, I am also so concerned about kid's nutritional food habits. Sharing some tips which I usually apply and have succeeded in it too. You can try it, if your kids are not fond of leafy vegetables and vegetables.

1. Take 2 carrots, 1 beetroot and one potato (the ratio can be changed). Cook it in a pressure cooker with some salt. Keep it some time for cooling. Now you can grind it in mixie to make a fine paste. Instead of water, use this paste to mix while making chapatis. Same way add the paste in idli/dosa batter and make pink dosas and idlies. Your kids will really love the pink color chapatis, idlis and dosas.

2. Take a bundle of palak cheera (spinach), clean it and cut it into small pieces. Cook it for one minute and make a fine paste as before. This paste also can be used in the same way to make chapatis, idlis and dosas. Only one difference, the chapatis will be greenish. Spinach is rich with iron, vitamin K and folic acid. 

3. I tried the palak paste in one more dish. While making vegetable biriyani, add this paste with the water we use to make biriyani. Rich green and more nutritious veg biriyani is ready. If you use the pink paste(carrot and beetroot) in the biriyani, it will look pinkish. (I couldn't try it. Planning to make it next time).

Note: There wont be any taste difference in the chapatis/idlis/dosas/biriyani. You can keep this paste in refrigerator up to one week time. My son never eats leafy vegetables. But he is fond of this *pista chapati and *pista biriyani. (*A new name I made for these green dishes to convince my kids).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Troubling with dandruff?

Troubling with dandruff? 

  • Before buying any readymade product from the shop, just take a lemon from the kitchen. Cut it into two pieces and apply it on your scalp. Wait for 10 minutes before bath. Mild shampoo can be used for cleaning. Repeat it once in a week or once in 4 days depending on the depth of dandruff. See the change! And completely forget about dandruff!
  • Equal quantity of egg white and lemon juice mix also is a very good remedy for dandruff.

Note: I was really troubled with dandruff and came to know that lemon is a good solution for it. I just thought of trying it rather than buying any shampoo from market. I felt it very useful. So sharing it for you too..