How to cook Quinoa

Here’s a quick tutorial + tips on how to cook quinoa at home – fluffy, tasty lump-free quinoa!

How to cook Quinoa Recipe | Fluffy, tasty quinoa at home tips | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Quinoa (read – keen-vaa) – a seed rich in protein has come a long way from featuring in health magazines to mainstream cooking. Like it or not, quinoa is a super food that people love to use not just because it is rich in protein, it is also gluten free. It’s delicate, fluffy texture has made it a healthier substitute to starchy rice or pasta. It is one of the fastest cooking lunch staples ever.

I must admit though that I didn’t fall instantly in love with it. But I soon realized the plethora of ways in which I could use this miracle food and get all the health benefits. And I have never looked back since. Here’s how to cook quinoa at home! (more…)

How to make Coconut Milk

Learn how to make Coconut Milk at home with this easy to follow step by step recipe! And fair warning: You may never used the canned stuff ever again!

How to make Coconut Milk Recipe | DIY Homemade Coconut Milk written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of     I apologize.

You weren’t supposed to see my pudgy, stout fingers. *Hides Face* Yes, those fingers are my bane of existence. Despite all those extra pounds in the wrong areas and a capsicum-like nose, I truly love all of me…. except these fingers! They just make me look …. weird! :-/ But, I really did like this concept of shooting Coconut Milk and didn’t find a suitable hand model at the time. So voila! Here you go — unveiling my hand for the world to see! 😛

But let’s focus on the Coconut Milk on my hand, shall we? (more…)

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Learn how to freeze pizza dough so that you could have fresh homemade pizza or other bread treats whenever you want!

How to Freeze Pizza Dough - Quick Tutorial | Baking 101 So you’ve successfully made a batch of pizza dough and you’ve impressed your loved ones with a spectacular pizza. And then you find you have leftovers and can’t really have any more pizza for the day. What do you do? Discard the dough? Nuh-uh!! The yeasty dough works beautifully well even after it is frozen!

I usually make a large batch of the dough, divide into smaller batches and freeze the dough. Forget about delivery pizza. Just keep a couple dough balls in the freezer, and you’ll be able to whip up a homemade pizza faster than you could have one delivered. With this, you could also make other innovative recipes like pinwheels, chilli rolls, cilantro rolls, garlic dough bites etc! (more…)

How to Proof Yeast

A step by step tutorial on How to Proof Yeast. Proofing Active Dry Yeast makes sure the yeast is alive to work on the dough it is being used for….

How to Proof Yeast Tutorial | DIY Proofing Active Dry Yeast Proofing Yeast makes sure your active dry yeast is “alive” and ready to bake with. If you are a regular bread baker, you know how important yeast is for your dough to rise and ultimately give you that spongy bread texture we all know and love. To bake the perfect bread, you need good quality yeast to start off with and a good environment to facilitate its growth.

Whenever you intend to bake with active dry yeast, it is a good idea to test to make sure the yeast is alive. The act of testing to see if yeast is alive is called proofing. Proofing rapid rise or instant yeast is not required or recommended. If the yeast you have in your cupboard is dead, no amount of environment will help it become a productive leavening agent.  (more…)