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.

How To Make Indo-Chinese Spicy Schezuan Sauce At Home

This Spicy Schezuan Sauce is an essential in making Indo-Chinese dishes at home. It combines the heat of red chillies along with the punch of fresh garlic to make a flavourful basic sauce that can be added to most Indi-Chinese dishes. A little effort in making a large batch ahead of time and storing it for later use will ensure that you can prepare your favourite Indo-Chinese dishes like Spicy Szechuan Vegetarian Noodles and Spicy Szechuan Vegetarian Fried Rice with ease, whenever the craving strikes!  You ...

How To Make Maharashtrian Goda Masala Recipe (Homemade Classic Maharashtrian Spice Powder Mix)

Goda Masala is a quintessential Maharashtrian spice powder mix of aromatic spices blended together to give it a subtle sweet flavour, which is why it gets its name. “Goad” meaning sweet in Marathi, this masala is used in many classic Maharashtrian recipes such as Bharleli Vangi, Amti and several other curries that have an authentic Maharashtrian flavour. This masala gets its distinctive flavour from Dagad Phool/Pathar Phool or Black Stone Flower. As with any other spice mix, the proportions ...

Fig Honey & Paprika Preserve Recipe

Fig Honey & Paprika Preserve Recipe is a sweet chutney of sorts, made from stewed figs and honey. The interesting part of this recipe is the hint of paprika, that perfectly complements the sweet tones of figs and honey, with a touch of spice and smokiness. Homemade preserves are a great way to include fresh fruits into your diet, by preserving them over longer periods. It is also advisable to make preserves and jams of this kind at home, as store-bought bottled jam is loaded with sugar, preservatives ...

Kolhapuri Masala Recipe (Maharashtrian Masala Chutney Powder)

Kolhapuri Masala Recipe is a spicy Maharashtrian Masala Chutney Powder) used as a versatile masala to add an authentic touch when cooking Maharashtrian cuisine. Earthy and aromatic it is not for the faint hearted as a lot of Kolhapuri dishes are popular for being extremely spicy - a trademark of this mall that is at the heart of most dishes. Fiery, with the heat of this combination of spices, it can be used in curries and sabjis alike. Kolhapuri Masala Recipe can be used for Menthe Hittu Recipe ...

Bavarian Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Bavarian Mushroom Sauce Recipe is a quick and easy sauce that is creamy, made with very few ingredients that are likely already available in your pantry. A perfect blended taste of mushroom, it serves as a spreadable sauce or condiment too. It makes a delicious side or accompaniment for buttermilk biscuits or Breakfast Hash Browns. Did you know: Mushrooms are an exceptionally nutrient-dense food, with one serve offering a surprising amount and array of essential nutrients. Mushrooms are naturally ...

Oat Olives and Broccoli Sandwich Spread Recipe (Pesto)

The Oat, Olives & Broccoli Sandwich Spread Recipe is a simple chutney that has the goodness of oats, broccoli and olives. Most often we are always looking for spreads or pestos that you can use in a jiffy to make a grilled vegetable sandwich wrap or even in pastas.  And this recipe of the The Oat, Olives & Broccoli Sandwich Spread has the right set of nutrition and proteins from the oats and tofu perfect to get your family into a healthy oat diet.

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 ...

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