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Eye Puffiness
Make a pack of raw potato peels, by folding in a wet gauze. Place two such packs over eyes for 15-20 minutes. Regularly used, this helps in reducing puffiness under the eyes and dark circles.
Sour buttermilk obtained after churning cream into butter can be used for preparing instant dosas. Warm a little fine semolina and maida and add to the buttermilk and prepare dosa batter. Keep it aside for half an hour and fry the dosas. You can add salt, chopped onions, green chillies and coriander leaves.
Rub cutting boards with 1/2 a lime, cut side down, to rid of garlic, onion and other veggies odours and light discolouration.
Grind slightly warmed and cooled cardamom pods in a small dry mixie. Use a fine Sieve to get fine powder, repeat with the coarse residue till maximum powder is got. Store easily in a clean dry bottle, for months. This way even the flavour of the skin is utilized, more powder is obtained and it is Less dark, so the sweet does not get discoloured if white, etc. in colour.
Add some soaked and ground poha to the leftover dosa batter to make tasty uthappams. Top with chopped onions, tomatoes and green chillies.
To make quick chocolate curls: Melt a plain cadburys chocolate slab (8 piece one), spread on a smooth, greased surface like marble or wood. Take a sharp knife, scrape out chocolate keeping the knife in an angular position. The resulting scraped chocolate will come out in the form of long curls. Refrigerate carefully till required for use. Makes aprrox. 2 cups curls.
To retain the heat of hot water for a longer time, add a pinch or two of salt to it.
To replant seeds of a good quality ripe papaya, take seeds, add some ashes of coal or wood. Mix Together and keep till completely dried. Now plant seeds in a planter, then transplant seedlings, When about 8-10 inches tall.
Small cracks in plastic can be repaired by running a hot (not red-hot) scresdriver lightly along the crack.
Put lemons in a glass jar, fill it with water, screw lid tight. Refrigerate. Change water every 3rd day. Lemons stored this way will keep good for almost a month.
Mixer and Blendr
Half fill blender with water, add a few drop of mild detergent, and run the mixie for a few seconds. Rinse with water and wipe. This will clean the mixie of any residual particles stuck under the blades or in the grooves.
Keep is whole cardamom or clove in the mouth to subside the sensation of vomitting.
The art of making good naan khatais lies in beating of the mixture till it becomes light and fluffy. Also only vanaspati should be used to make them.
Keep pan in which any vegetables are cooked, covered, after taking off fire, aside, for a few minutes. This will help the vegetable absorb the juices in. This also allow the hot vessel to blend the flavours slowly, to make the vegtable better, generally.
If curds have become too sour to eat as is, tie as above for 3-4 hours, add milk and use in raitas, curd rice, etc.
Scrape coconut shells clean with sand paper. Make their surfaces smooth by rubbing Sand paper, and make decorative bowls, ladles, etc. by painting, varnishing and Decorating with beads, shells, etc.
Cut a small piece of the base of flower stalks each day, and add a capsule contents of B complex to the vase water, to make cut flowers last longer.
Never add pineapple as is, to jellies, etc. since it will not set well and taste bitter too. Always Boil in a little sweetened water, and drain, or use canned fruit (if you must).
Use tissue papers for reheating fried snacks. Eg. samosa, vada, kachori, bhajji, etc. The paper will absorb the excess oil and moisture and keep the snack crisp. Reheat on high for 1-1 1/2 minute.
To ease the pouring of sauces in narrow necked bottles, use a funnel, holding it just above the top, stem inside, but not resting on the bottle. This way the air inside the bottle will easily pass out, while the suace is flowing in. It will not cause blockages and choking of the funnel. If bottom of funnel stem is so narrow as to block flow, snip off a small portion.
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