Your kitchen is the best place to prepare the mouth-watering food, with no extra calories and fat. When you cook at home, you have endless opportunities to cut down the fat content. Just by making smart changes in your cooking methods, you can shed your weight.
Here are some cooking tips to help you reduce weight.
In order to chuck rice starch, cook them in vessel, instead of pressure cooker.
While making dough, add ½ cup Moong dal/Methi/Palak or soy powder, so as to trim down the carbohydrate intake.
While preparing rice, add cut vegetables, to cut the carbohydrate intake.
Instead of oil, use water (mix some garam masala in water) to cook curries. Cook in a pressure cooker.
Use non-stick cookware, to cook food, as it requires the least amount of oil.
When the coating of your non-stick pan wears off, change it. Believe me- the cost is worth the calories saved.
Sprinkle the bottom with some salt, if you are using a regular pan.
Instead of frying foods, steam or roast or grill them.9.
Before cooking, trim all the fat from meat.
While roasting meat, seafood and poultry, put a rack in the roasting pan. This will drip away the fat, present in the foodstuff, during cooking.
To steam foods, simmer ingredients in flavourful liquid (like juice, vinegar or broth) or water, until they are cooked.
For stove-top steaming, pick a covered pan that best fits the volume of food. This will reduce the requirement of liquid.
Instead of cooking oil, use margarine or butter. It will save 25 calories per tablespoon.
Use water-packed tuna fish, in place of oil-packed.
Cook vegetables in a little quantity of water, with herbs, rather than sautéing them in oil or butter.
Rather than bread, use vegetable stuffing for meats, fish or poultry.
If you are using the flour as a thickening agent, use it in small quantity. You can also substitute cornstarch with flour. If the recipe requires 2 tbsp of flour, use 1 tbsp of corn starch.
Never add the corn starch directly. First dissolve it in cold water. After that, pour it in what you are cooking. Stir it continuously.
Add mushrooms, watercress, celery, onions, spices, herbs, and lemon juice, to flavour the low-fat sauces.
Steam food in a perforated basket, suspended above simmering liquid. To add flavour to the food, add seasonings to the water, or utilize a flavourful liquid.
Instead of cream and milk, use skimmed milk for preparing custards.
Substitute sour cream with plain yogurt. Alternatively, mix part yogurt and part sour cream, and add this mixture to prepare your recipe.
Use whipped margarine or butter, for spreads.
Remove the skin and any loose fat, before cooking chicken.
Replace some of the meat in recipes (like meat loaf, casseroles, stews, and soups), with chopped vegetables.