Basic Recipes

Tomato Puree
Tomatoes 3 kg ( can take more or less depending on the size of your cookery).
Wash and cut the tomatoes into halves--- so that you know they aren't any spoilt ones.
Put half glass water in the cooker, then add the tomatoes. close the cooker and give one whistle.
Leave to cool. Once cool, with a serrated spoon remove more of tomatoes and less of water, and puree in a mixer. Now seive this puree into a heavy bottom dish. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, till reaches puree consistency.
Cool and store in plastic containers in the freezer till further use.
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How to Boil Rice

Its always been a task to get the rice-- just right for various ways we love to serve it. I hope the methods mentioned below will help all searching to make the perfect rice.
Types of rice available.
Amba More -- Perfect for pulaos, daily serving and making about any rice preparation.
Basmati Rice --- Perfect for biryanis and those special occasions
Sela Rice --- Perfect long grained rice though a little dark in colour need to soak this rice for 2 hrs in water and little lime juice before you begin to cook it.
Another important aspect to boiling rice is the correct vessel I like a heavy bottom pan with a glass lid. Its a great investment if you don't already own one.

Biryanis and Pulaos-- ensure the rice is old (all the rice in super markets generally is) 1 cup rice to 1 & 3/4 cup water, 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp oil .
Wash the rice well add water, salt and oil.Put to boil on the smaller burner. ( Taste the water there should be enough salt) Once the water starts to boil cover with the lid and turn the gas low. Cook till all water evaporates. (this is where your glass lid will come handy)
Now without waiting for the rice to cool, immediately turn it onto a big tray. Leave to cool a bit and drizzle some oil and separate out with a fork. Leave under a fan till completely cool and each grain is separate.

For regular rice 1 cup rice to 2 cups water and follow the above method do not turn it over onto a tray. Leave it in the vessel to cool.

This I dedicate to My sister Sonu who makes awesome pulaos and bought me the vessel and taught me the perfect way to boil rice. Rajul

Green Chutney / Mint Chutney

1 cup mint leaves
3/4 cup green coriander leaves
1/2 tsp. cumin or roasted cumin
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbsp. fresh coconut
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sugar (optional)
salt to taste
2 green chilies or to taste

Grind all the above ingredients using little water into a fine paste. Adjust seasoning as required.