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Old 10th September 2014, 09:43   #1411
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Just don't use something (e.g. milk or curds) that contains natural bacteria or oils that go rancid very fast.
I did specifically ask about this. And as per my mother & wife (both nodding in agreement, rare, no..? ) it is ok to use milk in the process I mentioned.
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Old 10th September 2014, 14:35   #1412
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... And as per my mother & wife (both nodding in agreement, rare, no..? ) it is ok to use milk in the process I mentioned.
Indeed, it is! My wife and my mother also nodded in agreement, rare as it may be!
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Old 10th September 2014, 14:48   #1413
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... it is ok to use milk in the process I mentioned.
Must try this, as all my previous attempts resulted in fungus!

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Indeed, it is! My wife and my mother also nodded in agreement, rare as it may be!
Fortunately for me, my mother and wife do different cuisines (Bong / North Indian, and Mangalorean). If the same cuisine, either agrees with the other - because they follow what the other does!
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A question on Pressure Cookers.

I have found that over time my 10 year old 5 liter Prestige Pressure Cooker has developed a sort of an outward bulge in the bottom part. Its like a cm out and does not sit on any flat surface without wobbling.

Is such a pressure cooker safe to use?
Dear bblost,

Please discard it.

The metal is weaker there hence it has bulged at that spot.

The failure will be catastrophic.

Bye.
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I got some lovely Beef Tenderloin from Auchan (Somajiguda, Hyderabad).
Rubbed some vegetable oil, salt and pepper over it. Got a grill pan to smoking and fully seared the meat for about 3-5 mins. Took it off and let it cool for about 15 mins.
Ground pepper, garlic and dill leaves in a mixie.
Rubbed it over the meat.
Cooked in an OTG at 210 degrees.
Is it possible to do this just with the grill pan alone? I'd love to cook some nice beef this way.
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Old 24th September 2014, 21:00   #1416
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Is it possible to do this just with the grill pan alone? I'd love to cook some nice beef this way.
If you are ok with it being medium rare, a thick grill pan would be perfect.
Check youtube videos on how to cook the steaks. They really help. Don't worry if you have to cut thru the meat to check if its done. This would be needed if you don't have a thermometer.

If you want the meat really well done. Try modifying this recipe: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post2577217 (Recipes / Discussions on cooking from Team-BHP Master Chefs)

You might find this recipe interesting:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post2939780 (Recipes / Discussions on cooking from Team-BHP Master Chefs)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post2837526 (Recipes / Discussions on cooking from Team-BHP Master Chefs)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post2838001 (Recipes / Discussions on cooking from Team-BHP Master Chefs)

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Hey all Master chefs,

I am planning to try my hands with baking. But I am a strict vegetarian. Can anyone please recommend me as to what I can use in place of eggs in baking?

Thanks a lot for reading my post.

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If you are ok with it being medium rare, a thick grill pan would be perfect.
Check youtube videos on how to cook the steaks. They really help. Don't worry if you have to cut thru the meat to check if its done. This would be needed if you don't have a thermometer.

If you want the meat really well done. Try modifying this recipe
Thanks a lot! Will try to get the steaks cooked on the grill pan. Have been thinking for some time of it is worth investing in a nice grill pan.

Thanks for the other beef recipes too. I have one here too.

Beef - my mom's recipe

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Beef cut in cubes - 500 gms
Ginger paste
Turmeric
Chilli powder
Asafoetida
Salt
Coriander powder
Pepper
Onions

Method:
Wash the beef and drain water. Put the cubes of beef in the cooker. Add ginger paste, turmeric, chilli powder, a sprinkle of asafoetida and salt and mix well. You might want to add little bit of water to this mixture and put the cooker on high. On the whistle, I reduce the flame to the lowest and leave for 20 minutes. Turn off cooker, let it cool.

Chop onions, I usually add some mustard seeds. Once the onions are getting brownish, put in some coriander powder. Then add the cooked beef and mix well. Let it cook for a while. Just before yout turn off the flame, sprinkle a bit of pepper powder.

Done, lip-smacking beef!
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Hey all Master chefs,

I am planning to try my hands with baking. But I am a strict vegetarian. Can anyone please recommend me as to what I can use in place of eggs in baking?

Thanks a lot for reading my post.

Praveer
You actually do not need to use eggs.
In the standard recipe
1.5 cups maida
1.25 cup sugar
1 cup oil
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla essense
1 pinch of baking soda
1.5 cups milk
2 eggs

Just add half cup of milk extra and remove eggs
Bingo.

Make sure you set oven at 180 degrees and not higher.

Mixing sequence
1. Take sugar and oil and beat it
2. Then add vanilla essense
3. Then mix dry baking powder, baking soda and white flour
4. Add it to mixture and mix - while slowly adding milk
5. Too thick(Gooey) - Add more milk. Too thin(not leaving trails) - Add bit of maida

Also note, if you use a high power blender, you can get air bubbles, makes extra spongy cake.

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Thanks a lot! Will try to get the steaks cooked on the grill pan. Have been thinking for some time of it is worth investing in a nice grill pan.
Buy something with these ridges.
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and buy the heaviest / thickest one you find.
Thicker will mean much better heat distribution.

Thanks for the recipe. Will try it out.
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You actually do not need to use eggs.
In the standard recipe
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Also note, if you use a high power blender, you can get air bubbles, makes extra spongy cake.
Thanks a lot. Will try the recipe I wanted and will post here about my experience. If I have any confusion will pm you :P

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Thanks a lot. Will try the recipe I wanted and will post here about my experience. If I have any confusion will pm you :P
Simply quote my post with your query. Avoid quoting long post. When you quote, in editor window you can shorten the text inside quote window. Makes the post more readable
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... what I can use in place of eggs in baking? ...
There are plenty of recipes for egg-less baking. There are off-the-shelf eggless cake mixes from Pillsbury - perhaps you should start with those to get your process and timing right first.

Eggs help form the sponge matrix, but there are plenty of substitutes available. The most common substitute is mashed ripe banana.

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... if you use a high power blender, you can get air bubbles, makes extra spongy cake.
Small trick: try using 0.5 tsp of Eno (yes, that antacid powder) instead of baking soda, which sometimes gives an awful flavor. Seive the baking powder and Eno alongwith the flour, so that no liquid touches it till you fold in the flour into the wet ingredients.
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Got a new Air Fryer and must say pretty impressed with the outcome so far. 2 more friends have purchased it after seeing what it produces. Even though the recommendation is to brush everything with oil, I have not used oil for anything except veggies. Just sprinkled a few drops of Olive oil to avoid sticking to the bottom.

What I made so far:

1. Grilled chicken: Rub some salt, Chilli Powder and Air Fry for 10 minutes, serve with fresh salad, dip with some Celery Salt or Chat Masala. Result: Yum
2. Vegetables: 'Air Fried' Okra, Capsicum, Green Chilli, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal. Any vegetable that can hold its shape after some heat will do. Result: Yum
3. Mushrooms: Coated with some yoghurt which had some salt and pepper. 'Air Fried' for 5 mins. Result: Yum
4. Cottage Cheese: Same as Mushrooms. Result: Yum
5. My favorite: Prawns: Just rub some salt and chilli powder or pepper. 'Air Fry' for 5 minutes. Result: Awesome.
6. Fish: Marinate fish in any basic marinade, 'Air Fry' for 8-10 minutes. Result: Yum

What my kids made so far:

Chicken Nuggets, Chicken pop corn, French Fries, Potato wedges, Vegetable/Chicken cutlets, and everything else made by Mr. Mc Cain. They even just wash and throw in some sliced, unpeeled potatoes and sweet potatoes sometimes and never had a fail.

Overall, happy with the purchase. Finally, guilt free snacking.
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Got a new Air Fryer and must say pretty impressed with the outcome so far. 2 more friends have purchased it after seeing what it produces. Even though the recommendation is to brush everything with oil, I have not used oil for anything except veggies. Just sprinkled a few drops of Olive oil to avoid sticking to the bottom.
Aha, so a short review on it would be awesome. Does it do as good a job as advertised? What make and model number do you own? Good to see you are happy with it. Might be a good present for my folks.
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