How to chop onion without tears

How to chop onion without tears 

  1. Use food processor to chop onions. Make sure not to make a paste of onions.Wait a few seconds before opening food processor to give the tiny gas droplets produced by cutting the onion a chance to settle.
  2. Chilled onions produce fewer tears. Keep onions in the fridge for a few minutes before cutting.
  3. Cut onion near cold running water to wash away the irritants before they can make it up to your eyes.
  4. The root end of the onion has the largest concentration of sulphuric compounds that make your eyes tear. You can reduce tearing when cutting onions by first cutting off the top, then peeling off the outer layers, leaving the root area intact.
  5. You can also use glasses to protect your eyes from the onion vapour.
  6. Eat chewing gum while cutting onions. This way you will be using your mouth more than your nostril to breathe in thereby reducing inhaling onion vapour.
  7. Cut onions into 2 halves and keep it in cold water for few minutes before chopping it.

How to make soft rotis at home

Soft roti with any curry and sabzi makes a satisfying meal.
Selecting, good quality flour, kneading, rolling, tava, and storing rotis are important for perfect soft rot
Here are few tips to make soft fluffy roti.

1. Select good quality wheat flour.

2. Knead the dough using warm water and oil.

3. For health reason if you do not wish to use oil then use milk, yogurt, water left after making paneer, etc. knead the dough to make it soft and not sticky.

4. After kneading the dough, keep it aside covered with moist cloth for about 30 minutes before making Rotis.

5. When making the roti, roll rotis equally on all sides.

6. Make sure tava/griddle is hot enough and not too hot which can burn roti.

7. Put it on hot tava/griddle and let the bubbles come, then turn and bubbles come again. The press the roti with wet towel gently or moist tissue paper. Keep turning and do not let the roti sit on tava/griddle unturned longer than 30-40 seconds.

8. Remove from heat, put some butter on one side and put in box lined with tissue paper and cover with lid immediately. It will remain soft for a day.

9. If you want to avoid putting butter, prepare rotis 30 minutes before eating and they will remain soft too.

10. You can also cover rotis with soft cotton cloth.

how to sprout green beans/Moong beans

Mung beans produce edible crisp and nutty tasting sprouts. Mung bean sprouts are low in calories, have fiber and B vitamins, C and K, Iron and Folate

Moong/Green Beans
Water for soaking


  • Clean and rinse beans in water.
  • Soak in water for half cup beans take about 2-3 cups of water.
  • Soak and keep it covered in warm place for 8-10 hours.
  • Beans will absorb the water and start the living process.
  • After 8-10 hours drain the water using strainer and tie beans in a muslin cloth.
  • Keep it in a warm place for another 8-10 hours.

If you want longer sprouts keep it for a long time. You can check in between to see if beans are dried up. Sprinkle few drops of water to make them moist.
You can use it for stir-frying, salads, on sandwiches, vegetables, rice, noodles, etc.

how to make rice flour at home

Preparation Time: 45 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Soaking Time & Drying Time: 2 hours & 2 hours


Rice – 1 cup (Ponni or Sona Masuri)

• Clean the rice for any stones and rinse the raw rice twice with plain water.
• Soak rice in water for 2 hours.

• Drain water completely using strainer.

• Spread the raw rice on a soft towel and allow it to dry for 2 hours. You can also dry it in the sun.

• Transfer rice in to a mixer when it is little bit moist. This will help grind rice into fine powder.

• Grind it to a fine powder in a mixie using small batches of rice. Then sieve it. Take the granules and grind it in the next batch

• If you will be using the rice flour right away then you don’t need to roast it. If you are planning to store it then dry roast the sieved flour until you see steam leaving the flour. Roast it on a low flame.

• Cool down by spreading the flour on cloth and store in airtight container.

How to clean and chop banana flower stem

Banana flower is very healthy and tasty but cleaning part can be challenging. This video will make your cleaning banana flower job very easy.

  • Remove big petals and collect florets. As you are collecting florets hold bunch in one hand and lightly brush on top of the florets with your other hand and fingers to open up flowers. This will make second part of cleaning florets quicker.
  • As you remove petals, flowers will be tender and color of outer petals will also change.
  • Keep tender florets separately as cleaning will be easier.
  • Once all the florets are removed, keep the inside tender portion by chopping both the ends.
  • Take each florets and remove stigma which has black head and small plastic like petal in front (discard this) and save the floret.
  • Take water in a pot and add salt and turmeric power. You can also take buttermilk.
  • Chop florets finely like you cut long beans.
  • Chop tender part into fine pieces.
  • As soon as you chop put it in water as this will avoid discoloration as banana flower discolors very easily.
  • Cover the area you are using to clean and chop banana flower with newspaper that will make your cleaning part easy as floor will get stained.
  • Soak chopped banana flower in water for 4-5 hours to prevent stickiness and discoloring.
  • You can use this to make curries, vegetables, etc.
  • FIanl part is cleaning hand and chopping board.
  • Rub your hands and chopping board with lemon and wash after 5 minutes. All stains will be gone.

How to cut starfruit Carambola

Star Fruit is loaded with vitamin C, Dietary fibers and B Complex. It is juicy, sweet and sour in taste.
You can use it in sweet dishes or make spicy dishes like pickles. Juice it or add it to the salad.

Cut both the ends
Trim the edges
Slice into beautiful star shaped slices.
When you reach middle of the fruit, you will get few seeds. Remove the seeds.

How to Chop, store and cook drumstick/Moringa

Fresh moringa (drumstick) pods and leaves are an excellent sources of vitamin-C. The greens as well as pods also contain good amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folates, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin. Moringa pods can be used in curry, vegetables, rice, zhunka and so many dishes. It is healthy and yummy.

Chopping and storing drumstick pods
Wash drumstick pods.
Wipe them dry with paper napkin or kitchen towel.
Cut both the ends and discard it.
Cut the size you desire.
Pass the knife 95 percent through drumstick and then break with hand so partial skin is removed.
Do not remove the whole skin as pods will not stay intact after cooking.
Store it in a airtight container or zip lock bag.
They will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 weeks and in the freezer for 4-5 months.

Cooking Tip
Boil water
Add drumstick pods
When they are almost cooked, add salt.
If you add salt before they are cooked then they will break.
If you add salt towards end of the cooking process they will remain intact.

How to make fenugreek methi paste

Fenugreek paste/methi paste can be used for hair packs, face packs and also in food.


Fenugreek seeds/ Methi seeds

Make sure fenugreek seeds are clean.
Rinse with water 2-3 times.
Soak fenugreek seeds in water for 6-7 hours.
If you have 1 cup fenugreek seeds than add 2 and half cups of water.
After soaking strain extra water * and keep it aside.
Blend fenugreek seeds to a fine paste with minimum water.
Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week.

This paste can be used for face packs, hair pack, and cooking. Fenugreek is good for people having high sugar.
It is also good for nursing mothers for producing milk.
* Extra water can be used as hair rinse or face rinse.
Fenugreek water is antibacterial and can cure pimples and acne

How to make curry leaves powder

Curry leaf powder can be used for hair packs, and also in food. Curry leaves helps hair regrowth, prevent premature graying of hair.
It is good source of iron. Helps to control sugar and also helps in food digestion. In winter season it is difficult to get curry leaves so you can make curry leaves powder and store it in an airtight container to use during winter season.
Use this for hair packs, curry, rice, sauces etc.

Curry Leaves

Take few sprigs of curry leaves.
Rinse with water to make sure it is clean.
Remove leaves and dry them on kitchen towel for 30-45 minutes.
Best way is to dry them in the sunlight for 2 days.
If you dont have access to sunlight then there is alternative.
Keep pan on low-medium heat.
Transfer the curry leaves on pan.
Keep stirring every 2-3 minutes.
Roast until they are crisp.
Cool it down and blend to fine powder.
You can store curry leaves powder in an airtight container for 3-4 months.
Make sure all containers used are dry and clean.