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Desi Food Hacks

7 DESi Food Hacks Everyone Needs To Know

March 24, 2020

In the rush of our daily life, it’s super hard to find the time to cook an actual healthy, yummy meal. That’s why any food hack makes our lives easier. Check out our awesome DESi food hacks to help you out in the kitchen. (PS: #7 is king)

1. Prepare and store gravy beforehand for quick sabzis.

Ever wonder how Indian restaurants bring you elaborate food so quickly? Shahi paneer, butter chicken, dal makhni...the list goes on. Let us introduce you to a food hack from restaurant kitchens. North Indian food uses a few common gravies that you can make on a weekend. Store it in an air-tight container and it'll last you at least 2-3 weeks.

Try a cashew gravy for the rich Mughlai foods, or a simple sauteed onion and tomato gravy that goes into rajma, chola, and many other recipes. With the most time-consuming parts covered, you're free to throw together an impressive dinner party, any time.


2. Milk fights too much salt. 

If you're an amateur cook, this DESi food hack will save your life over and over. As an amateur, you can put too much salt without realizing it. Not only does that taste terrible, it's also unhealthy. But don't worry. Just add a splash of milk to neutralize the salty taste.

3. DIY All-Purpose Masala.

This is an amazing food hack for millennials. Most Indian vegetables use the same masalas - turmeric, red chilli powder, dried coriander powder, and mango powder for potato-based dishes. If you struggle with figuring out the right proportions of masalas, or simply don't have the time, throw together these basic masalas in the right proportions to create an all-purpose masala that can be used for every vegetable ever. Customize it by adding other masalas you like, and bingo. Cooking will be 10x simpler, always delicious.

Desi Masala

4. From the fridge to the frying pan: DESi food hack for healthier puris

We'd love to binge on puris if they weren't so oily. But you can eat guilt-free with this food hack. After rolling your puris, simply keep them in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before frying. You'll find that they soak up less oil, but remain nice and crispy. Happy hogging! 

5. Used teabag? Stick it in the fridge.

Indian food is super flavourful, but it smells just as strongly. Nobody loves that. Luckily, there's an easy DESi food hack to take care of this problem. Simply put a used teabag in the fridge to soak up the smell of your leftover Indian food. You can try this with used tea leaves from your morning cuppa as well.

6. Shake shake baby… to quickly peel garlic.

You probably didn't see this food hack coming. We love garlic because it's delicious, but have you ever tried actually peeling it? It takes forever. But there's a way to do it quickly. Separate the cloves, place them in a jar, and shake shake shake. That's it, done! No more fussing needed.

7. Mega DESi food hack: Ready-to-Eat Rotis

If our DESi food hacks were movies, this one would be a Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster. We're not kidding. Are you ready?

There's a way to speed up the most time consuming and difficult part of cooking an Indian meal (seriously, have you ever tried making a round roti?). Reheating cold rotis sucks. They're best eaten light and fresh. So here's what you should do. When you have time, roll rotis as usual and then only half cook them. When you're eating your meal, put the roti on a hot tawa and continue to cook as normal. You'll have a nice fluffy phulka in no time!

Puffed Indian Style Chapati

So what did you think of these food hacks? Try them out in your own kitchen and leave us your comments!



28 Traditional Delicacies From 28 States of India
28 Traditional Delicacies From 28 States of India

July 07, 2020

In a culture and tradition that is as wide as India, every state has its very own delicious creations. The various traditional foods of Indian States put together present an abundance of flavor, spices, texture, and a heavenly potential to satisfy the food lover in you! 

Check out these 28 traditional foods from Indian states and be proud of our gastronomic universe:

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The DESi Classroom
The DESi Classroom

July 06, 2020

The year is 2002. The time is 7:57 am and you’ve barely made it on time for the 8:00 am History period. ‘Who even schedules History the first thing in the morning, more so for a class of 35 sleep-deprived teenagers?’, you say to yourself. You then confidently walk a smuggled Panchatantra in hand, towards the last bench, hoping to catch some zzzs. Alas! The Lion-tailed macaques are already here. They stare you down and you move to the middle. Some of the most popular kids at school, the macaques and their aggressive, territorial behaviour were the talk of the school. You wouldn’t want to be their next casualty.

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Collection of 90s memories
15 Memories of 1995-2010 Indian kids

June 30, 2020

In a world of remote work and learning, artificial intelligence, and all that jazz, have you ever paused to think about just how far we’ve come? Our world today is pretty science-fictiony, but back when we were kids, things were super different. Dive into the childhood memories of our whole generation to see what we’re talking about. Which of these 90s kids memories do you relate to the most?

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