To prevent pieces of cut apple or pear from turning black, squeeze a little lime juice on them or sprinkle a little bit of crushed mustard.
Before cooking cauliflower keep in soaking in water mixed with a teaspoon of vinegar or lime juice for about fifteen minutes. This not only loosens the dirt and grit but also kills any insects that may be lodged between the florets.
Before grating cheese, rub some oil onto the grater. This will ensure that the cheese doesn't stick to the grater.
In our warm climate bananas tend to get over-ripe. To stop the process of ripening put bananas in the refrigerator. The skin may turn black, but the fruit itself will remain firm.
Avoid using tamarind, lime or other souring agents in green leafy preparations. Acid reduces the nutritional properties of greens.
Whenever you are deep frying papads, pakodas, potato wedges or puris add pinch of salt to the oil to reduce the amount of oil absorbed by the food.
To avoid crying while cutting onions, after peeling cut them in half and soak in water for about 10 minutes before cutting.
If you boil vegetables in water, most of the people throw the water,do not throw the water, keep it to make gravies, soups or sambar.