Cooking is seen as a time to meditate by some working women while others see it as a time-taking task that does not always give the desired results. So if you want to whip up tasty delights and at the same time don't wish to spend much time in the kitchen then try these cooking tips to make your life easy.

  • Forgot to soak rajma, chana overnight? Don’t worry; soak them an hour beforehand in boiling water or pressure cook them quickly by adding a bit of mustard oil to the water in the cooker. You can use Fortune Kachi Ghani Pure Mustard Oil at ₹ 140 from here
  • Make a paste of ginger and garlic, green chilli, poppy seeds paste, imli paste, almond or kaju paste, marination paste and put them into an ice cube tray bought for this purpose. Freeze it to be easily used later. You can also store purees this way.
  • Grating a coconut is fussy and needs time. Just chop into small pieces and grate them in the grinder or your food processor or mixer grinder. (You can buy Bajaj GX-1 500-Watt Mixer Grinder with 3 Jar at a discounted price of ₹ 1,599 from here). Now store the grated coconut in an airtight container and freeze it. Whenever you need to make anything that needs grated coconut just take this out, thaw for 5 minutes and it will be ready to use! This can stay fresh for up to 3 months. To make your work easy, buy Coconut Scraper/Grater at a discounted price of ₹ 299 from here.   

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  • Boiling veggies for a recipe? Always boil a little extra so that you can add them to soups, parathas and snacks.
  • Make big dough for chapattis and divide into the desired portions. Now place the portions in a zip loc bag. This can be kept for a month and whenever you need a few just take them out and thaw them before making the rotis.

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  • Chop dry fruits easily by freezing them for an hour beforehand. 
  • Always keep some extra veggies chopped for addition to fried rice, noodles, and other recipes. Vegetables like beans, carrot, capsicum can be chopped and kept in the fridge for a week, to be used from time to time. To make your job easy, use this Stovekraft New Handy Mini Plastic Chopper which is available for Rs 495. Buy it at an offer price of Rs 249 here.

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  • Microwave a few things even as you are busy frying the other stuff. (Use good quality microwave-safe dishes like this Tupperware Keep Tab Plastic Container Set. Available in the market for Rs 1,100, you can buy it here for Rs 509)
  • Store a batch of crisp fried onions in the fridge to be added to any dish. This way, you won’t have to repeat the process of chopping and frying the onions every time.
  • Plan your meals a week in advance and do the major work of chopping and prepping at one go rather than slogging every day!

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