How to Save Time while Cooking Indian Food
Indian food is famous all around not only for its great taste and high nutrition, but also for its complexity. Looking at the number of ingredients that goes into even the simplest of Indian recipes, you would wonder if there is a way to cook an Indian meal quickly and perfectly. Why not? Indian working mothers do it everyday, even the ones who have to keep a balance between their work and home. If you are a fan of Indian food but don’t have time to cook it because of its complexity, then read this oneHOWTO article to know how to save time while cooking Indian food.
Use a pressure cooker
The pressure cooker is the ultimate bliss if you want to quicken Indian cooking. It not only reduces your cooking time, but also allows you to cook different ingredients and different dishes at a time. As compared to cooking food in a wok or skillet, it cooks much more quickly when done under the pressure of steam. For instance, a potato boils in a pan in around 15 minutes, but it is done in a pressure cooker in just 2 whistles, that meaning in a time of around 5 minutes.
Keep garlic, onions and tomatoes ready
Most Indian dishes require you to sauté garlic first, then brown the onions, then add tomatoes, and cook them until all the ingredients mix together completely. You don’t need to do this every time you cook an Indian dish. You can make a whole lot of this paste, and keep it ready in your refrigerator. So, the next time you turn on your skillet, sauté this paste instead of cooking all three of them separately one by one. You can make a big amount of this paste, and keep it stored in your refrigerator. You can also purchase ready made pastes to reduce time by a lot!
Knead dough for chapattis
Chapattis go with almost every Indian dish. No Indian meal is complete without chapattis. Before making chapattis, you usually have to knead dough from whole wheat flour, but you don’t need to do that every time you make chapattis. You can knead a generous amount of flour and keep it stored in your refrigerator. Kneaded dough stays fresh for around 3-4 days in your fridge. So, whenever you need to make chapattis, just grab your bowl of dough and start making the chapattis there and then. You can even use the same dough for making paranthas, puris and other Indian breads.
Keep vegetables ready
You can use your free time to cut the vegetables for the coming week and store them in air-tight containers. Vegetables like carrots, beans, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage and others can be chopped and stored. Coriander leaves, mint leaves and others can be de-stemmed, chopped and stored as well. Most Indian curries need to be garnished with coriander leaves. So, already de-stemmed and chopped coriander leaves can be a quick way to make your dishes look aesthetic.
Keep batters ready
If you regularly cook idli, dosa, uttapam and other dishes that need batter, you can make huge lots of these batters and store them for future use. Making batters for these dishes need several hours of soaking, mixing and grinding. So, you can use your free time to make these batters beforehand and store them to be used when needed.
Use canned pulses
Yes, we know that dried and soaked pulses such as lentils or chickpeas are much better, but if you want to save a whole night of soaking and are in a rush to get your favorite chana masala ready, then your safest bet is to go for the canned or tinned version of pulses.
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