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.

Homemade Idli Dosa Batter Recipe

Making Homemade Idli Dosa Batter is a simple three-stage process, soaking, grinding and fermenting. The dosa batter is made by soaking the rice and lentil and then grinding it into a smooth batter. This batter once fermented is used in making Idli's, Dosa's and Uttapam. This Dosa Batter for making dosa's is a hand me down recipe from my mother and her mothers. The same batter can be used for making super soft idli's and crispy dosa's. Idli's are rice and lentil steamed cakes and Dosa's thin ...

How To Make Homemade Ragi (Millet) Idli & Dosa Batter

Making homemade ragi idli & dosa batter is a simple three stage process - soaking, grinding and fermenting. This recipe of multigrain idli & dosa batter is made by soaking the rice and lentils and millets like ragi, foxtail millet, barley, jowar, bajra and then grinding it into a smooth batter. This batter, once fermented, is used in making idlis, dosas and uttapam. This batter for making dosas is a hand me down recipe from my mother and her mothers. The same batter can be used for making ...

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Paste Recipe

The Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Paste Recipe is one of the simplest way to incorporate Thai flavors for your recipes. This recipe, came by after multiple trials in my kitchen trying to replicate the ones I have had in ever so many Thai restaurants. Finally I am most certain this is the best Thai Green Curry Paste recipe for vegetarian you can find. And yes, I try to use the locally available ingredients too.

Vegetarian Thai Red Curry Paste Recipe

The Vegetarian Thai Red Curry Paste recipe is a simple and quick to make curry paste, that you can make with locally available ingredients. Though at times, I don't get all the ingredients to make the curry paste, but the addition of certain basic ingredients makes this very close to the original thai curry paste. 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe

Making Pumpkin Puree at home is a simple, healthy and delicious. There are multiple ways you can make the pumpkin puree, both result in almost similar flavors. You can steam them, or bake them in the oven or roast them in the pan. I personally prefer the pan method as it is quick and yields great results. I am not seasoning the pumpkin with salt or sugar, as you can use this either as gravies for your pumpkin curries or pasta or use them for baking pumpkin cakes or cookies.

Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe

Applesauce is a great way to feed babies apples as well as a key ingredient in may eggless cakes, desserts, pies or even making granola.

Homemade Dijon Mustard Sauce Recipe

Dijon Mustard recipe is one of the simplest condiments that you can make in the comfort of your kitchen. This recipe of the Dijon Mustard is one of my favourite condiments that I use in cooking very often and my family loves it too.  Ever since I have left the US and France, I have found it hard to get Dijon Mustard at stores in India, this is when it struck to me to make it at home. All I had to do was phone a friend in France and ask her for a recipe to make it. It was as simple as that. ...

Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce and Pizza Sauce Recipe

Making the Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce at home is simple and quick. This sauce can be used on pizza base as well as pastas, or even make gourmet baked dishes like Eggplant Parmigiana or any other Pasta of your choice.   

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

The Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe is something that make every home and every pasta or every dish that has this refreshed! Nothing like home made pesto, with fresh ingredients like basil and herbs and ground with your favorite nut like walnut or almonds or pine nuts. I have used just basil in this pesto recipe, but you can add, parsley, mint, basil, coriander and make it a herbed pesto, it tastes delicious as well and adds a twist to the original recipe.

Fresh Strawberry Jam Recipe (Strawberry Preserve)

Jams made fresh from fruits have their own unique flavor than the store bought ones. They can be made from pulpy fruits like apple, mango, guava, plums, pineapple, peaches etc. These fruits can be used individually or in combination. The recipe is from my mother's recipe file, they were always delicious when she used to make them. Look at more of the strawberry recipes that you might find interesting- Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe With Strawberry Coulis No Churn Strawberry Ice ...

Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Making the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe is very simple. All you need is a good quality yeast and some good quality whole wheat flour. Learning the science of yeast is essential to make any dough to rise. This recipe has been tried and tested many times and finally arrived into a simple yet food proof method of making pizza dough. You should experiment with your choice of toppings and sauces. Serve the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe as a Multigrain (Whole Wheat and Oats) Pizza with ...

Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

In the Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe, the rich red and ripe tomatoes are roasted in the oven pureed to get the ever so delicious sauce that can be used as a pizza or a pasta sauce.  Roasted tomato pasta sauce requires very little effort, and roasting the tomatoes brings out a layer of richness in taste that fresh tomatoes simply do not possess. The sauce can be frozen and enjoyed for months to come.

How To Make All Purpose Pie Crust Recipe

The Easy Pie Crust Recipe also known as the all-purpose pie crust or a tart crust is extremely easy to make at home. These pie crusts when baked and kept handy, can be used to quickly serve a dessert or an appetizer.This crust can be made by food processor or by hand. Either way, it is critical to work quickly to avoid the gluten and to preserve a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. It is great to have a rolled out and crimped pie crust ready and waiting in the freezer. Well sealed in a freezer ...

Homemade Paneer Recipe

Homemade Paneer Recipe is a simple dish to make at home. All you need is a heavy sauce pan, milk, lemon and a fine mesh strainer. Why buy paneer from the markets when you can make it right in your own kitchen.  Paneer us an all time favorite cheese in India is used in ever so many dishes. Be it main course, an appetizer, a sweet, it has continued to stay as a favorite through generations.The soft juicy nature of paneer enables it to absorb the various flavors and spices as required for a recipe.It ...

Coal Smoking Method For Tandoori Recipes - Smoke Food Using Charcoal

Smoking food at home, using hot charcoal is a super easy method to achieve the tandoori effect right in your own kitchen. This method lends that smoky flavour usually obtained by cooking in a tandoor, with as little as a piece of coal. Using this technique of coal smoking, you will get the taste and aroma that the food has just come out of the barbecue grill or a tandoor, without the hassle of firing up a tandoor or barbecue at home. You can do this right on your stove top.

Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe (South Indian Curry Powder)

The Homemade Sambar Powder is the most basic and important ingredient in making “Sambar”. This spiced powder is made with a blend of roasted coriander seeds, toor dal, chana dal, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and few more which adds to this unique taste and exemplifies the taste sambar. Each region, each family, each household has their own variation of this spice blend. This is a very authentic Tamil Brahmin version of sambar powder that mother has perfected over the years of cooking.

Béchamel Sauce Recipe (Classic White Sauce for Pastas and Gratins)

Bechamel sauce also known as a while sauce, is a popular sauce that is used in many dishes. My personal favorite begins with making Gratin's. Gratins are French dishes that have a vegetables  baked along with bechamel and cheese. This is a simple recipe. You can modify this by adding herbs of your choice. I often keep changing the flours i use to make the sauce more healthier and minimise the flour content A few usage ideas:Vegetable Gratin's - My favorite is the Calulifower GratinSweet corn ...

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