Small tips which makes cooking convenient
- Usually we get the potatoes cooked (बटाटे उकडणे) in pressure cooker. It may result in overcooked, tasteless potatoes. It can be cooked well in oven in a few minutes. Wash potatoes and prick it by fork at 4-5 spots. Take cleaned bag of milk (दुधाची पिशवी) and wet it. Keep 2-3 potatoes in bag, spray water, fold the bag and keep it in oven. Set the oven at microwave mode for 2 to 2.5 minutes. While cooking in oven, standing time is very important. Here also keep the potatoes inside for 3-4 minutes after oven stops. Well cooked potatoes are ready. We can cook beetroot by same way. But please use the bag only once.
- Winter is in full swing currently. Many people prefer drinking warm water. That can be done very easily in oven. Take water in a glass and keep that in oven for 30 seconds at microwave mode. Water becomes warm to drink comfortably. But be sure that the glass should be plane, it should not have painting, golden border etc.
· Peeling garlic is sometimes difficult especially if it is wet. Keep the garlic in oven on microwave mode for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Garlic can be easily peeled off.
Today's recipe is not really recipe. We can get now many readymade eatables etc in market. I think every Marathi home has Masala Supari (मसाला सुपारी). After meals we prefer to eat supari as मुखशुद्धी. Many brands of masala supari are available in market. But what if supari doesn't have perfect जायका? Few suparis taste astringent, few taste very sweet, few even hot and most of the suparis are भरड even if they claim to be सुपारी विरहित सुपारी.
To resolve this, I buy suparis of major brands (5-6) with fennel (बडीशेप - घरी भाजल्यास उत्तम) and liquorice powder (ज्येष्ठमध). I sieve liquorice powder. Then add it in all suparis, mix it well and grind it in mixer for two or three times. While grinding I add 7 to 8 cardamom and 2 to 3 cloves. I sieve the entire content again twice or thrice and get fine powder, वस्त्रगाळ चविष्ट सुपारी तयार. Such fine supari doesn't end up in hiccup (अशी सुपारी ‘लागत’ नाही) and enhances flavor of meals.
P.S. My experience is combination of branded products gives better taste, that is true in case of spices also.