Smart Planning for Big Dawats

We all love home-cooked meals but let’s face it; they take a lot of time and effort. Bringing you some desi cooking hacks that make cooking at home easier and faster with tried and tested results! Cook quicker & better, pleasing your guests on your upcoming daawats!

All of us need at least some kitchen skills, from young students living alone to moms and dads feeding their families. If scientists are to be believed, our food choices are linked to our character. While some may be naturally gifted or have had the pleasure of growing up with a talented cook who was happy to give them a few pointers along the way, there are a lot of people out there who shy away from the kitchen because they find cooking complicated, and even a little bit confusing.

Plan the menu to give yourself time to make a trip to the grocery store. Decide if you want to serve only desi or incorporate a few fusion dishes. Don’t have more than one fried item on the menu unless you want your house smelling like the back alley of a KFC. Don’t try a dish for the first time for a desi dinner either. Stick to tried and tested ones.

Start preparing food the night before. Take out the frozen food and put t in the fridge to thaw. Make a nice salad. Chop up all the veggies and put them in a Ziploc bag; this takes up less space in the fridge and leaves you with less Tupperware to put in the dishwasher. Mix the dressing for the salad when the guests arrive. Cut ginger slices, fresh coriander, and lemon slices and put them in sealed containers to use for garnishing the food the next day.

There’s nothing wrong with setting out bottles and cans of your favorite soft drinks but it’s always nice to have a couple of pre-made pretty drink options on tap too. Brew up a pitcher of fresh sweet tea or hand-squeezed lemonade. Make sure your garnish game is on point with colorful additions like frozen berry skewers or citrus sliver ice cubes. After-dinner coffee and tea services are a great way to wind things down at the end of the night.