Easy Homemade Cheats!
Take a cup of All purpose flour, remove 2 tbsp of flour from it and add 2 tbsp of corn flour to it. Sieve it atleast 3 times. Sieving is very important to get air into the mix to make it lighter.
Add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder to 1 cup of all purpose flour and sieve it 3 times atleast, again to make the flour lighter.
Boil 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup water to make syrup.
ButtermilkAdd 1 tbsp Vinegar/Lemon juice into 1 cup of full cream milk and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Don't stir it. It will split and curdle. Thats your buttermilk ready for use.
Pour the heavy cream in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer, don't let it boil. Add the lemon juice when its simmering and then keep stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until its thicker and when you lift the spoon a wipe your finger through, it should separate. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides while stirring. Now pour this mixture over a strainer lined with cheese cloth aligned over a bowl. Bring over the cheesecloth to cover the cheese and refrigerate for at least a day (24hrs). Next day your cheesecloth will have thick and creamy mascarpone cheese ready for your recipe.
Alfredo Sauce (Basic full fat version)
4T Butter, 1c heavy cream, 1c Parmesan Cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Melt the butter (add garlic, chicken pieces or shrimps, vegetables, etc saute) pour in heavy cream and let it simmer until thick. Add herbs if desired. Mix in 200gms of cooked pasta of choice and add cheese. Toss together, cook for a minute or two for the flavours to marry. Serve.
Flavour your Rice
When you cook rice (esp long grain, basmati) add more depth of flavour to it by adding herbs like cilantro (in other words coriander leaves) or basil or dill. Add them just after all the water is absorbed, at the final few minutes of cooking. You still want to retain a bit of the texture from the leaves.
Adding spices like a pinch of cumin seeds or turmeric or ginger/ garlic also give added health benefits to the rice.
- Malt powder is Horlicks. Chocolate Malt powder is Chocolate flavoured horlicks or any other brand.
- Heavy cream is the same as Double cream, whipping cream; basically cream that has high fat content which helps in thickening or whipping while adding air into it. Very versatile, can be used for sauces, soups, to make no machine ice cream, or simply whipped cream!
- Vegetable shortening is the vegetable version of ghee, same as aseel vegetable ghee, crisco, etc. similar way of processing is adopted to make it white, thick and hard. When added to pastry dough, it gives that extra layer of flakyness than only butter. (but obviously shortening is worse than butter, healthwise)