Introducing Chef Navin
How to stop your spices from burning
When using dried spices that are powdered, they can burn easily. Mix your spices with 2-3 tablespoons of water before roasting to prevent this.
How to make fluffy rice
Always wash and soak basmati rice for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This will help your rice keep its length and be fluffy.
How to use saffron
When you’re using saffron, soak the strands in lukewarm water or milk for 30 minutes. This will give the best aroma and colour and use the saffron to its best ability.
How to tenderise meat
Before marinating meat for flavour, you should marinate it to make it beautifully tender. Choose either of these marinades for tenderising:
- Salt, ginger, garlic, lemon
- Raw papaya with the skin
- Freshly grated nutmeg and ginger
How to get bright white rice
For a wonderfully white coloured rice, add a little lemon juice when it is boiling for a bright colour.
How to make your dish milder
When you add fresh chilli to your dish, remove the seeds and the white lining to create a milder flavour.
Reduce salt in a curry or sauce
If by mistake the curry has become salty, cut a potato into large chunks and add to the sauce then cook for 10-15 minutes on slow heat, the potato will absorb the salt. remove potato pieces to get a perfect sauce.
How to cook perfect Basmati rice
Wash the rice in running lukewarm water until all the milkiness is washed away, soak for 30 minutes. drain the rice and put in a thick bottom pan, add boiling water until it reaches 1inch above the surface of rice, add salt and a small piece of butter and bring to a boil. reduce the heat and cook the rice until all water is absorbed and holes form on the surface. reduce the heat to absolute low, cover the surface of rice with a paper kitchen towel and put a lid. allow to cook for 7 minutes, remove from heat and let it sit for further 5 minutes, fork the rice to get perfect fluffy rice