How to Save Time in the Kitchen

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In today’s fast-paced world, most of us have limited time to cook, but we do want to eat healthy and delicious foods. Every effort has been made to prepare dishes in a time-efficient manner. Here are some universal tips to prepare meals in 30 to 45 minutes. Of course, there are dishes and meals that take a longer time and should be prepared when you have the time and feel creative.Save Time in the Kitchen

  • Keep the ingredients on hand. Indian cooking uses many dried ingredients, which can be stored for a long time. For perishables, shop only once or twice a week to save time as well as money.
  • Clean and chop vegetables. To save time, I usually clean and chop the whole package of vegetables at one time and refrigerate small portions in sealed plastic bags. If you do not have the time or do not like to mess with chopping vegetables, many grocery stores now carry chopped vegetables, which are convenient and quick to use. The taste of fresh vegetables cannot be duplicated; spend a little extra on fresh ingredients and taste the difference.
  • Use frozen vegetables. Keep a good supply of frozen vegetables; they are a convenient substitute for fresh vegetables. I especially like to keep frozen peas, green beans, mixed vegetables, and spinach on hand.
  • Keep a running grocery list. Encourage family members to add items to the grocery list as needed. This is especially helpful if you have more than one cook in the house.
  • Plan meals for the upcoming week. Sometimes it takes longer to decide what to cook than cooking itself. Add ingredients to the shopping list as you plan your menus.
  • Freeze extras for rainy days. Double the recipe and freeze the extra for those days when nobody can or wants to cook. However, remember not all things freeze well. Buy garlic paste and substitute for fresh, if desired.
  • Freeze ginger or use ginger paste. Preparing ginger can take time. I keep frozen ginger on hand to save time. To freeze ginger, purchase â…› to ¼ kg of fresh, tender ginger. Peel and grate or chop the ginger. To grate ginger, grate with the grain to minimize the fiber that comes out. Finely chop the ginger and freeze it. Divide the ginger into approximately 1-teaspoon portions, placing them on a plate lined with plastic wrap and freezing it. When it is completely frozen, remove it from the plastic wrap and store in a sealed plastic bag or container. It will take time initially, but on a daily basis it saves a lot of time.
  • Prepare and freeze onion masala. Chopping, grinding, and cooking the onion masala takes time. Thaw frozen masala in the refrigerator overnight or in a microwave prior to using. Using frozen masala can save a significant amount of time without altering the taste of the prepared dish.

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12 thoughts on “Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa)

  1. Madan Gopal Goyal said on October 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Add half ltr.milk to make it more tasty and nourishing.

  2. MOHAMED MASOOD said on July 23, 2014 at 11:59 am


  3. sunu said on September 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm


  4. Lakshmi said on December 9, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Awesome recipe……

  5. anuradha said on September 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    came out awesome… its a hit with my family & friends.

  6. surya narayana said on October 28, 2010 at 9:13 am


  7. VARSHA said on September 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Ummmmm……YUMMMMMM…I tried it and it was awesome…the only thing i added to the recipe is a some 10-15ml of extra milk added with one teaspoon full of custurd powder…!!! hehehe…but its damn yummy man…!!!

  8. Genius Girl said on August 1, 2010 at 5:55 am

    i love carrot halwa all the time. its very sweet and delicious and i love it very much. whenever i find time, i will make it and have it.

  9. radha adepu said on April 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    i came to know that the carrots need to be fried instead of boiling.but still i tried this recipe it is superb…

  10. sahana.H.V said on February 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

    still not done, after i will write,

  11. T.S.SUNDARAM said on January 4, 2010 at 4:19 am


  12. sweety said on April 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    it is very nice.i love it.

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