We all love a night out at a good restaurant, order an appetizing meal and fall in love with its impeccable flavours. Since going out is not possible always, here are some common chef’s techniques that will elevate your home-cooked meals and turn them into restaurant-like food. What’s more, these techniques will help you create fabulous meals at home while keeping each dish healthy and customized to your dietary requirements.
Keep Herbs and Spices Fresh
Spices can vary in freshness, depending on when they were purchased. Take a quick inventory of the expiration date on all of your most-used spices. Make sure your spices are stored properly, away from moisture and direct sunlight. Some recipes call for fresh herbs, make sure you pick the freshest possible bunch while you shop.
Get your Mise en Place
Mise en place is French for “everything in place” and it is a rule that all restaurant chefs follow. Make sure you have all of your ingredients chopped, prepped and ready to go to avoid chaos and mess-ups during the cooking process.
Get the Heat Right
Cooking at high temperatures might be unnerving for some people, but you won't get your tadka right unless it is done at the right temperature. It is also important to be swift and follow the right sequence of adding spices to ensure maximum taste and health benefits from the tadka link: https://tatanutrikorner.com/blogs/nutrikorner/the-magic-of-tadka?_pos=1&_sid=dbd53cc7b&_ss=r. Remember to be quick, because a burnt tadka can ruin the whole dish.
Season in Layers
One technique that all chefs follow is to season your food in layers rather than all at once to build flavour with every step. Making soup? Start by lightly seasoning the onions as they soften, season again when you add stock, and finally, when everything is cooked and finished, taste once more and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Taste As You Go
This will help ensure that your final output is perfect. Sampling the ingredients while they simmer is a surefire way to season with intent and make the most delicious food possible.
Feast with your Eyes
Presentation matters. Dining isn't solely about flavours and taste. It's about the overall sensory experience. Even the most plain, everyday meal feels more exciting when served correctly. A great example of this is the classic Indian thali which is present in every cuisine of India. Thali is a complete meal which is served on one plate. This well-known concept of serving a meal is integral to Indian cuisines and can be replicated at home easily.
If you have resolved to have more meals at home, now’s the best time to advance your cooking skills. You might not be able to go out to your favourite restaurant all the time, but you can definitely bring those chef-like skills to your kitchen.
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