- Tomato paste or sauce can be used instead of fresh tomatoes. This saves a lot of chopping time and also helps immensely if you are like and go through 2 dozens of tomatoes faster than you can say 2 dozens of tomatoes.
- Soak chick peas in boiling water if you forget to soak it ahead of time. Doing it this way only requires 1 hour of soaking.
3. Make ginger garlic paste in bulk and put it in the fridge. Similarly, make green chilly paste and keep in the fridge. This saves a lot of cooking time. You can also purchase Ginger Garlic Paste pre-made in bulk as I do. My favorite brand is Laxmi.
4. You can also make a big batch of chapatti dough using your grinder atta attachment or food processor. Divide into smaller portions, put in ziploc bags and freeze it. Whenever you need, take one bag, thaw it and use. This stays good for more than a month.
5. While chopping vegetables, chop in a bulk, use what is needed and put the remaining in the fridge for later use. Chopping a vegetable at a stretch saves a lot of time.
6. Have lots of peeled garlic in an air tight box in the refrigerator.
7. Grate a whole coconut at a time and refrigerate/freeze it so it can be used easily whenever needed. You can use the grater attachment in the wet grinders to get it done easily. I prefer freezing as it stays fresh longer (upto 3 months). Thaw it for 5 minutes before each use.
8. Fry grated coconut in bulk with curry leaves and store it in the fridge. This can be used easily whenever gravies have to be made.
9. Whenever you boil potatoes or cauliflower make some extra and put it in the fridge. This can be used to make stuffed parathas, cutlets etc.