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Boiled potato –1
Leftover rice – 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
A pinch of Black pepper
Grated garlic – 1/2 tsp
Bread crumbs for coating
Italian seasoning – 1/2 tsp
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Grated Cottage cheese for stuffing
Peel boiled potato and mash well.
Add leftover rice, salt to taste, garlic, black pepper, Italian seasoning into the mashed potato.
Mix everything together.
Make small balls out of the dough, if dough is sticking on your palm you can grease your palm with oil.
Now flatten the balls in you palm, fill little grated cottage cheese.
Close it evenly by rolling the ball in your hand and coat with bread crumbs.
Repeat the same for rest of the dough and keep it in fridge for 15 minutes.
Heat the oil in a pan/kadhai to medium heat.
Drop the balls in heated oil, few at a time.
Keep stirring until it turns golden in color.
Once ready, transfer into a kitchen or absorbent tissue.
Cheese balls are ready to serve…
Citric acid, Lemon, vinegar or leftover whey (पनीर का पानी)
Bring the milk to boil on medium heat.
When milk starts boiling, turn off the heat.
Add the leftover whey and gently stir the milk.
If the milk does not curdle within a short while, add little more.
Place Muslin or Cotton cloth over the container.
Pour the curdle milk into the muslin cloth, drain all the water and squeeze off excess water.
You can use this water later for preparation of roti/chapati or paratha dough, paneer or in vegetable curries.
Keep the muslin cloth on a plate, place a heavy object on it for the paneer to set.
Allow the paneer to set for about 20-25 minutes.
After 20-25 minutes remove the cloth from the paneer and cut it to cubes.
Paneer is ready to use….
How to store –
Place paneer cubes into the container.
Add enough water to cover the paneer cubes.
Cover and keep it in fridge.
You can store up to 1 week, this way your paneer will also become soft and fluffy…
Grapes (any other fruits which can be consumed with skin)
Remove the grapes from stem.
Add water just enough to cover the grapes, keep aside for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, rub them gently and discard the water.
Again add water just enough to cover the grapes, add 1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp vinegar.
Mix well and cover and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, rinse them few times with lots of water.
Now grapes are clean to use, put all the grapes into the container and keep it into the fridge.
You can prepare fresh Ghee at home by melting the unsalted butter on gas stove for few minutes till you get the smell of ghee.
Instead of discarding the skin of cardamom you can keep that in your tea container with tea, this will give a soft aroma of cardamom when you will prepare your tea.
If you want to store the wheat flour dough, keep a piece of ginger with the dough and keep in the refrigerator. This will keep your dough fresh and prevent blackening of dough.
To keep green leaves like spinach, coriander, etc or herbs fresh for longer duration, keep them wrapped in newspaper and store in refrigerator.
To store ginger, garlic or chilli for long time and retain their freshness; grind them into paste, add a little salt (approx 1 table spoon spoon to a cup of paste) and store in chiller/freezer of refrigerator. You can use up to a month whenever you need it, without adding any preservatives.
You can make dal stuffed paratha using the leftover dal of your meals by drying the dal on high or medium heat and stuff the dry dal into the paratha.
Keep dry fruits in refrigerator to keep them fresh for long time.
To prevent Hakka noodles or raw noodles to become sticky, keep them in cold water after boiling.
To remove the bitterness of Methi ( Fenugreek) leaves or Karela (bitter gourd) add salt in the sliced methi and karela and keep them for few minutes and drain excess water.
If you forgot to soak kidney beans (Rajma) or Grams (chana, chickpea, etc) with enough time in advance, then you can soak them in boiled water for couple of hours. This will have the same effect of soaking for almost 8-10 hours in advance.
You can soak hard/dry lemon in Luke warm water for 10-15 minutes, to get more juice out of it.
Cleaning the Microwave oven is always a challenging task. To make this simple
Take a bowl of water, add 4-5 table spoon of vinegar and lemon into it.
Start the microwave in high temperature and run for 10-15 minutes.
After 10-15 minutes switch off and unplug the Microwave oven and you can easily wipe the tough grease and dirt using a soft cotton cloth.
Mix 1 cup of wheat flour with 2 table spoon of boric acid powder and sprinkle in the corners of the kitchen, this will keep the cockroaches away.
Use brown sugar instead of white sugar in the preparation of cake, this will give better color to the cake.
Run the mixer/grinder with salt once in a month to sharpen the blades.
Put 4-5 cloves in a box of sugar to keep the ants away.
Put some sugar in a box of biscuits to keep them fresh and crispy.
Adding little lemon juice on the slices of apple will prevent apples from browning.