If you are a novice cook or even a person who enters the kitchen often enough, there are a set of basic recipes that we might not use in everyday cooking. All of us at some point have to refer back to sauces, spice powder, garam masalas, jams, pestos and more to bring back the original home cooked flavors. Well this is what our basic recipes section is for. There are some basic, fundamental recipes that you should have under your belt.

And apart from basic cooking techniques you can learn how to use a pressure cooker, how to cook rice, lentils, legumes, dals etc.

Green Olive Pesto (Pasta Sauce)

The Green Olive Pesto (Pasta Sauce) is a recipe that is super quick to make and can get your weeknight dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. Olives are rich in antioxidants, minerals, phytosterols, and vitamins. Olives play a vital role fighting against diseases like cancer, inflammation, coronary artery disease, degenerative nerve diseases, diabetes and more. The Green Olive Pesto Sauce, when combined along with the goodness of walnuts, coriander and olive oil, brings out great flavors ...

How To Make Homemade Almond Flour Recipe

The Homemade Almond Flour Recipe is a multi-purpose flour that you can use in your curries, smoothies, cookies, cakes and more to make your dishes nutritious and wholesome. You can also use this for as a substitute for the white flour for the gluten free dishes if you have gluten allergies. To make the almond flour, you can either blanch the almonds, remove the skin, allow it to dry and make a powder or you can simply use raw almonds. I make my flour all the time with the raw almonds, especially ...

Punjabi Garam Masala Powder Recipe

Punjabi Garam Masala Powder Recipe is a must have spice powder mix for most Indian dishes and its fairly simple to make if you have measured all the ingredients right and roasted them well. This recipe was given to me by a neighbor when I was 18 years old. My mother preserved the recipe and I made note of it in a book and now I have shared it with you. Although this recipe was handwritten many years ago, I understand now that every home has a subtle variation in the proportions of the ingredients ...

Panch Phoran Masala (Indian Five Spice Powder)

The Panch Phoran Masala, is a very traditional spice mix used in the Bengali cuisine that is mostly a blend of 5 important spices. I have known a few bengalis who debate over which spice rules over the other. Which is when I realised, that every home has their small and subtle variations to this Panch Phoron spice mix. But essentially, the house help who cooked for me while I stayed in Kolkatta, made the Panch phoron with fennel seeds, black mustard, nigella seeds, golden fenugreek and cumin ...

Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe

The Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe is a versatile condiment/chutney that one must make to flavor a variety of dishes. Traditionally the red chilies used in a harissa is from a Northwest African chile pepper, but using local red peppers and dehydrated chillies also works well to get the flavors very similar to the original. There are a variety of recipes you can make with the Harissa Paste, from Pizzas to Pastas to Salads and many more. Here are a few recipes that you can make with harissa ...

Pomegranate Sauce Recipe

The Pomegranate Sauce Recipe is a simple accompaniment that you can use to top over waffles or pancakes. If you make a thicker version of the sauce, like a chutney, then you can spread it over a sandwich or even make curries out of the sauce. This sauce is very versatile and is healthy with no preservatives.

How To Make Homemade Rose Syrup Recipe

The Homemade Rose Syrup Recipe is a simple recipe with no additives, coloring or preservatives. The rose syrup is made from fresh rose petals, that are dried and then made into a syrup by boiling it in water. You can also use a store dried petals to make the rose syrup.The Rose Syrup can be used in Ice creams, Milkshakes or Juices or even made into the classic Rose Milk for summers.

Homemade Red Chilli Garlic Sauce Recipe

The Red Chilli Garlic Sauce Recipe is a simple quick recipe to make and is naturally and has not preservatives. Making sauces at home is always a pleasure, because you just know what goes into the recipe. If ever you buy a store bought sauce, just scan through the ingredients and the amount of things that would go into making it last forever.   This recipe of the Red Chilli Garlic sauce is extremely hot, as I have added the seeds that come along with it too. If you want it be a little ...

Homemade Methi Ajwain Kala Jeera Powder (Herbal Home Remedy for Digestion)

The Methi Ajwain Kala Jeera Powder is an age old family recipe that my mother used to give us to build immunity and help aid digestion. And as I grew up and got married, I found this very same home remedy used by my mother in law, but she used to serve it along with warm water, while I used it have it along with buttermilk or curd rice. Whichever way you choose to have it, the Methi Ajwain Kala Jeera Powder has numerous health benefits. It is said to help in normalizing bowel movement, ...

How to make Egg Free Mayonnaise Recipe

The Egg Free Mayonnaise Recipe is a fairly simple recipe to make at home and delicious too. Mayonnaise is a rich creamy sauce that is used as a condiment. It can be made plain or even combined with herbs to add more flavor to the Mayo. Mayonnaise is often white, cream or pale yellow in color. It all depends on the kind of mustard that is used and also if you are using eggs to make the Mayonnaise. In this recipe of eggless mayonnaise, I have used cream and mustard to make this mayonnaise. You ...

How to make Sprouts at Home

Learn How to make Sprouts at Home with a few easy steps. To make sprouts, you can use grains like whole green moong, amaranth, whole wheat, millets, red kidney beans, chickpeas, flax seeds and many other grains and legumes as well. It is important to remember, that the soaking and sprouting times will vary with each grain/ legume.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe

The Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe is a wholesome and nutritious way to make a pasta sauce. The sauce is so versatile, that it can replace the regular creamy tomato sauce for Ravioli's, Lasagna and many more dishes. You can also serve it over filled crepes for your parties. Pumpkins are know for its beta carotene, thats rich in Vitamin A, antioxidants and other minerals. And the Creamy Pumpkin Sauce Recipe is a way to get the super vegetable into the diet of your family and especially ...

Sundried Tomato Pesto Recipe

The Sundried Tomato Pesto Recipe is simple and quick to make with a simple set of ingredients. You can buy the sundried tomatoes from the stores of make some yourself. I personally like to buy the ones that are soaking in oil, as they tend to be softer. This is one of the easiest pestos to make, as all you have to do is to put all the ingredients into the blender and puree to make a pesto. You can use the Sundried Tomato Pesto in a variety of ways; as a spread on sandwiches, into curries or ...

How to make Homemade Tomato Puree Recipe (Sauce)

Tomato Puree (Sauce) Recipe is a great way to make the base for things like salsa sauce, marinara sauce, pasta or pizza sauce and Indian curries, sabzis and gravy dishes, ahead of time. By pre cooking the tomatoes you strain out the excess water from the tomatoes and get a thick base that makes the beginning for many recipes. Also since the tomatoes are precooked, it also helps save time and make any particular dish much quicker than usual. You can store this tomato puree in the refrigerator for ...

How to make Flax Seed Egg Replacer for Vegan & Eggless Baking

The Flax Seed Egg Replacer is a recipe that you can use in place of eggs for Vegan and Eggless Baking. Egg is one of the most important ingredients in baking cakes cookies and many more dishes. There is no one type of ingredient that can replicate all of these properties that an egg has. The egg has protein, emulsifiers and many other properties that helps in building structure, helps in building air pockets that trap air bubbles. The process of whisking the egg, denatures the egg making it ...

How To Make Homemade Caramelized Bananas Recipe

Caramelised Banana recipe is a simple and quick recipe using fresh bananas, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. These caramelised bananas taste delicious when had along with whole wheat crepes or even whole wheat waffles or along with vanilla ice cream, topped with nuts and chocolate sauce.

How to Cook Vegetables in a Pressure Cooker

Steaming and cooking vegetables in a pressure cooker consumes less time and of course saves energy too. You can cook vegetables like carrots, beetroot, beans, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, radish, cauliflower, cabbage and any such light vegetables  like spinach that has  water content in them.

How To Make Homemade Caramelised Onions

Caramelised Onions are a great addition to several basic Indian staples like biryanis and pulaos, but also continental dishes like tarts or pies. Making caramelised onions at home is simple and easy. All you need is some patience in slicing the onions and more patience and love in slowly caramelising it at the lowest possible heat, until they are uniformly golden brown. The process of slow cooking allows the onions to release their natural sugars and that is what gets caramelised in the presence ...

How To Make Oat Flour

Several healthy baking recipes call for oatmeal flour in some measure as it is an excellent gluten free flour. It is versatile and comes in handy when making gluten free pizza dough, pancakes, crepes or even rotis and parathas. But that's not all, it is also useful in binding for koftas and cutlets. Making oat flour is also very simple. All you need is regular oatmeal cereal - any variety, instant, rolled, steel cut or anything that you can get your hands on easily - and a mixer-grinder. Once ready, ...

How to Cook Lentils (Dals/Pulses) in a Pressure Cooker

Cooking Lentils (Dals/Pulses) in a Pressure Cooker is one of the basics of every kitchen, especially Indian kitchens. Using a pressure cooker makes the process quick and efficient. This recipe shows you how to cook lentils like toor dal, moong dal, masoor dal and the like which can be used to make Dals, Sambars and various other lentil curries like Masoor Gassi, Black Eyed Peas Stew, Horsegram And Coconut Curry.

Kharbyaali Masale Khara Recipe - North Karnataka Sambar Powder

The Kharbyaali Masale Khara is a very traditional North Karnataka Spice Powder that is used in making the Kharbyaali Nuggekai Saaru and even certain vegetable dishes. It is made with a combination of the various spices and smoked dry coconut that brings out the special flavor of the North Karnataka Kharbyaali Masala. Here are a few few more spice powders that you must have in your kitchen Home Made Dhansak Masala Recipe Maharashtrian Achar Ka Masala (Pickle Mix Recipe) Instant Puliyodharai ...

How to Cook Root Vegetables like Potatoes using a Pressure Cooker

Cooking root vegetables and spuds like potatoes becomes much easier when you use a pressure cooker. It saves time, energy and also retains the nutrition. You also have greater control on how much the vegetable gets cooked, and how much excess water remains. Cooked potatoes and other spuds are useful when making recipes that call for mashed potatoes like Rajma Galouti Kebab or other spuds like Arbi/Colocasia used in Arbi Ke Kebab or even yams, as used in this Jimikand Ke Kebab.

Homemade Tamarind Water Recipe

Tamarind Water is a tangy extract of dried tamarind that has been soaked in warm water. While store-bought pastes and extracts are easily available, nothing can replicate the taste and freshness of homemade tamarind extract. Not to mention, you will have control over the amount of water you use, and you will skip all the added preservatives and additives that go into bottled and packaged pastes and sauces. It takes just a few extra minutes, but the depth of flavour this homemade extract lends will ...

Homemade Ghee Recipe

Ghee, also known as clarified butter, is one of the most important ingredients in Indian Cooking. It is usually made from freshly churned unsalted butter that is melted and simmered down to get a clear golden liquid. This video shows you how to make ghee using homemade unsalted butter or store bought salted butter. Once you have homemade ghee at hand, you can use it in many ways - from using it to temper Dals, Vegetables, to making Parathas or even many Indian Halwas. Adding a dollop of homemade ...

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