Namak – Swad Anusaar

How many times have you heard the chef  saying the list of ingredients for an exotic recipe with accurate amount, but suggests to add salt to taste.

Namak daale swad anusaar. 😀

Isn’t it funny & intriguing that why we haven’t been able to standardize the amount of salt to be added.And in case you have already added extra salt, here’s the solution to that.

Yes ..yes.some people like more salty food and some less.But that’s true with chilli as well na. Atleast, we should be able to define the way for those who are happy with just the right amount of salt !

I discussed this with some of my friends to understand if they even face this issue while cooking. I was amazed to find out that almost every was struggling with it. Although, some used a standard spoon to rescue themselves, while some asked their moms. Moms, because of their sheer experience, have ‘weighted’ hands to add the right amount of everything, leave alone salt.

For newbies, it’s still a struggling activity.I even searched internet but couldn’t find anything worth.pic3_edit

Is it a trade secret ?

Well, No.

Here’s the solution that I have been using for quite sometime now.

Sprinkle the salt over the surface of the round cooking vessel, in the middle of cooking, starting with the outer most circumference and gradually decreasing the radius until you reach the center of the vessel (similar to making a spiral).

(Read that again)

 

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Increasing Radius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This covers the entire dish(and food) & takes care of the varying amount as you cook a different amount of food  in future because the circumference (when viewed from the top) decreases/increases  as per the quantity of food being cooked correspondingly, making you add the right quantity of salt every time.

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The spiral Pattern

A final trick, and this will feel posery at first, practice salting food at a height of about 10 or 12 inches above it. The distance gives a better sense of just how much salt you’re trickling, and the granules will spread more evenly over the food’s surface.It gives the cook a certain sense of confidence, too. Chances are you won’t overdo it when salting in this fashion. But, I suppose that’s debatable.

Just keep in mind that certain food have inherent salt flavor in them like Cheese, so you need to be a bit more careful while dealing with them.You may try with spiral pattern with larger pitch i.e. distance between subsequent circular paths.

Hope this helps you decipher the ‘Art of Adding Salt’. Ohh, this could have been a better title !!

The Power of LED

What is the reason that LED’s are becoming so popular…??

At first, high end cars used them as rear end brake lights, though you may feel that it was done to add some artistic quotient to mean machines but this involves some simple calculations to derive some really mind boggling results in terms of decreased illumination lag time, highlighting their importance as rear brake lights. Now you can see them invading your homes, shops, here-there and almost everywhere.

The point I am discussing all this about LED’s is to highlight the fact that uses of LED’s are only bound by our imagination.

I recently used a LED as a trouble-shooter while my multimeter was down.

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I had to repair a casio.

My niece, 4 years old, was done with her experimenting with it and it was my turn to get music out of it.

So as I unscrewed the casing and scrutinized the PCB for some fireworks, I found nothing. Everything seemed fine, shiny cooper tracks, no wire connection broken..etc.

Then where is the problem… Biting my nails….!! …..In CoB (Chip on Board..the black blot on PCB’s)..??..

As testified by my niece, she did nothing wrong and the device was not in use for quite some time. So CoB issue would be the last thing to consider. Let’s first check the speaker…

But how??

My multimeter was not working. Then I saw the ubiquitous LED in my repair kit. I just connected the LED to the speaker terminals and pressed few keys…It was glowing…

Yay..I got the weak link. It was the speaker that had gone bad.

I had one in my spares, so replaced it quickly, soldered it. And it worked well.

I learned to work out things with limited resources and a little improvisation. And interestingly found a new way to use LED. So keep playing with them because it’s defiantly something more than just a p-n junction.

Happy Tinkering !!