Ani’s Kids Recipe,South Indian samayal & Tips!


Use of Residue after making ghee 

When making ghee from butter – do not throw away the residue after straining the ghee.   Add 2 cups of water to the residue.   Boil for a few minutes.   Strain it. Use this rich water for mixing your rotis or for your gravies.  Furthermore, the vessel used can be cleaned more easily.

To Prevent Milk From Spoiling

In summer to prevent milk from spoiling, boil once more in the evening, change the vessel, let it get cold , cover and keep in fridge.  If there are signs of spoiling – mix 1/4 tsp of soda with little milk and mix into the milk before boiling . It prevents Spoilage.  If it does spoil make paneer.

To Make Sprouts ( Payir Mulai kattuthal) 

To make sprouts – take whole green gram, soak overnight in water. Next morning wash well, drain off all water and keep covered in a vessel.  Sprinkle a little water in the night, cover again and keep overnight.  Next morning, long sprouts would have grown.  If you want longer sprouts – repeat procedure for one more day. Otherwise, wash well, remove skin which will float on top of the water and use fresh for salads or spring rolls.

 How to get Tandoori Color 

Tandoori colouring is 2 drops of red colouring and 3 drops of yellow food colouring – mix and brush over paneer, chicken etc to get tandoori orange colouring.

For Faster Fermentation  

Fermenting in cold weather is slow, so it is advisable to use an insulated box to help fermentation.  An electric lamp kept inside the box can help fasten fermentation.  Covering the vessel of batter of curds with a blanket also helps.

Substitution for baking powder  

Baking powder is 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 1/4 cream of tartar.

Easy Peeling of Tomato

To peel tomatoes – cut across with a sharp knife on the eye of the tomatoes, pour boiling water to cover tomatoes, cover with a lid and keep for 5 – 10 minutes.  The skin of the tomatoes peel off easily when you pull it

How to make Curd Faster

To make curds in a hurry – take warm milk and put a tsp of curd culture and a whole green raw chilli with stalk in it.  Cover and keep aside in a warm place.   In 2 hours time , you have thick, tasty curds.

What is Kasoothi methi

 Kasoothi methi is dried methi leaves – it is available in almost all indian stores .   If put in curries, gives an unique flavour of its own.

Moor Milagai / Curd Milagai

Dried curds chilli is green chillies, which have been soaked in curds with salt and dried in the sun for a few days.  They can be bought at all south indian stores.

How to make Koya

To make khoa – Boil 1 to 1 1/2 litres of milk till very thick stirring all the time.   Stir till the mass of milk becomes absolutely dry.   Collect and keep in freezer.

How to make good amount of Cardamom Powder

To make a good amount of cardamom powder without having the headache of peeling each cardamom, take a good amount of cardamoms with skin intact.   Roast in a dry kadai for a few minutes.  When cold, powder with the skin into a fine powder in the mixie.   Store it in a jar.   Quite economic to use.

How to make Bread Crumbs  

Make bread crumbs by toasting bread either in the oven or letting it dry out on its own . Powder in mixie and bottle it.

How to make Paneer Spongy and soft

To make paneer spongy and soft – for paneer makkani, paneer tikka etc, shallow fry the whole slab of paneer in ghee on both sides – till golden in color. Remove from ghee and cut into cubes and put into warm water which has a little salt, turmeric and me juice in it.  The paneer can be kept in the fridge, in the water for a day. Just strain it and add to any dish.  Remains very soft.

Tips for cutting Jack fruit

To cut raw jack fruit – generously apply oil on hands, knife and cutting board.  Cut off the skin with the thorns and also the pit in the center.  The fleshy part is used for the biryani – cut into cubes and drop it in water – as it discolours fast. Wash well and use it.  Again after cutting -smear oil on hand, board, knife etc. and scrub with soap to clean everything.

Tips for making Biscuit Powder

To make biscuit powder (also for bread crumbs) put the biscuits into a plastic bag – put this bag into another plastic bag. Holding the mouth of the second plastic bag closed with the hand – pound with a pestle till all biscuits are powdered

How to Make Paneer

To make paneer – When milk is boiling add lime juice, curds or citric acid.   Enough to set the milk curdling.  When milk curdles completely – strain in a muslin cloth, tie it and let the cloth with the paneer hang from the kitchen tap.   Let all the water drain off for 5 minutes.  Remove cloth from a tap and keep under a weight – for the paneer to flatten and for all the water to drain off.  Keep for 1/2 hour. Remove paneer from cloth and freeze it.

To test if Cake is done or not

To test if a cake is done – insert a knitting needle into the baked cake – if it comes out clean – the cake is done.The same holds for dhoklas.

To get rid of Flies  or Mosquitos 

If you do not want to see flies or mosquitos in the house , put some salt in the water while cleaning the hard floor.

How to prevent Camphor from melting

If you put few pepper corn in camphor box it will not melt soon.

How to clean Glassware

You have to clean glassware with salt water first and then with clean water to make them spotless

How to keep nuts  fresh for longer time

If you put few cloves in the nuts(cashew,badam) jar they will stay fresh for longer time.

To get rid of bad smell from Spoons,Plates etc

If you want to get rid of the stingy smell from spoons, plates, pans etc then add some cooking soda to the cleaning water.

Vegetable cooking tips

You should not keep the lid if you are boiling vegetables like plantain, brijal, bottle gourd, pumpkin, cucumber, okra, ridge gourd, tindoora.

Frying tips

When making puris or vadas add little salt to the oil so that they would not absorb too much of oil

 How to get Fluffy Puris/ flyffy poori’s

Add sooji and rice flour to puri dough to get Fluffy puris.

Tips while making Birayani

While making biryani if you put some lime juice and milk , rice will not stick.

How to get Original tase from dries Ladoos
If laddoos become dry , mash and mix them with milk and make small balls again to get the original taste.

How to make big and thick Omlette

To make a big and thick omlette add a tsp of maida to egg and mix it well.

Cooker Gasket Tips

If Cooker gasket becomes loose put it in the freezer for sometime

 How to keep corriander leaves fresh for long time

Instead of keeping Coriander leaves in plastic bag if u put it in paper bag it will last long

How to retain vitamins while cooking leafy vegetables

While boiling leafy vegetables put some sugar in it to retain the vitamins.

To get rid of ants

If you see black ants in ur kitchen or some other place sprinkle some salt to get rid of them.

Instant Butter Milk

To make instant buttermilk add some lime juice and salt to the milk.

To avoid tears while cutting onions

To avoid tears while cutting onions put them in water for 30mins before cutting.

 To control pests

To control pests in rice and dals add few red chillies to it.

How to get rid of bad smell from hands after washing fish

After cleaning the fish wash your hands with sour butter milk to get rid of the smell.

To remove ink from  clothes

To remove the ink marks from clothes, rub them with tooth paste and keep them aside for some time and wash with detergent.

 Recipe from left over Rice

Mix wheat flour, salt, chilli powder and onion with the leftover rice and flatten them with your hand and deep fry them. Tasty snack is ready.

Variation of left over Rasam

To the leftover rasam add a teaspoon of gram flour to get a different taste.

To Cook meat faster

To make the meat cook faster,  add a mango leaf to the meat.

To keep Coconut Fresh

If you want to keep the coconut fresh then put it in salt water and keep changing the water every 2 days.

13 Responses

  1. Thulasi

    Hello Anitha,

    Hope u in cheers :)
    i just looked for dosa tips.
    But could not find any.
    will u plz let me know how to get nice thin dosa?
    thank u.

  2. Hai Thulasi,

    Almost in all my recipes I have given tips at the end. So for Dosa you can find some useful tips under Tiffins Cateogry (IDLI AND DOSA).

    Make in batter in proper consistency so that you can spread thin. Also don’t apply oil on the tava first. pour the batter spread it alond thin then sprinkle oil on the top.

    If you apply oil then then try to spread the dough you might not be able to spread thin.

    For dosa batter don’t forget to soak fenugreek seeds/methi seeds/venthayam along with urudal for grinding becuse that only will give you nice brownish color.

    Thank you.

  3. Thulasi

    Thank u for ur reply..

  4. I Want Samayal Kuripugal

  5. I Want the Sambar Satham

  6. will post that soon.

  7. Devi

    give more samayal kuripugal and also kitchen cleaning tips.
    above tips are very useful for me

    my tips

    veetla palli eruntha mayil eragu vaangi vaithaal
    palli veetukul varathu

  8. raji

    why gravy or curry is spoiling in the afternoon.

  9. Priya

    How to make fish Curry?

  10. Priya,

    The fish curry which we make in my hometown is already posted under FISH / MEEN KOLUMBU.
    This is the traditional way of ours.

  11. Normally curries made using coconut will get spoiled soon rather than curries made with tamaring extract which stays for longer period.

  12. kavitha satish kumar

    tips were very useful to me. i request u to give some items that iwant to prepare for my daughter to the school. she is a poor eater. she likes potato, puri, biriyani. reply must

  13. Hi Anita,

    The Given tip’s are so useful & some are really unique haven’t heard /used till time (Especially the Milk spoiling tips) Thanks

    Looking forward for more & more tips from you

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