How to Increase the Taste of Food: 25 Tips to Make Delicious Recipes Yummier

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Many of us can cook. The big question here is can we cook right or are we doing something wrong? Sometimes, food tastes bland and drab because of overcooking, undercooking or simple boredom out of eating it in the same way all the time. Here are some tips that can help you take you cooking up a notch and ensure the recipe turns out yummier than expected.

  1. Use fresh ingredients

    fresh-vegetables-for-delicious-foodNothing can taste better than fresh ingredients themselves. No amount of spices or seasoning can work up a taste as good as that achieved by using tender and healthy fresh fruits and vegetables in the recipe. In addition to taste, they are nutritious too. Freshness leads to retention of flavours that come out really well while cooking.

  1. Store food the right way

    Proper storage of food increases the shelf life of the food product manifold. It also contributes to retention of freshness and prevention of decay. Separating the perishables from non-perishables go a long way in saving both the lots. It is advisable to store grains and dry produce in air tight containers while storing strong flavoured vegetables away from the mild ones, keeping green leafy vegetables in loose foils to allow them to breath.

  1. Don’t add extra water

    It is a common practice to add at least 2-3 cups of water while cooking. However, this is not the best thing to do, unless the recipe really requires you to do so. Stir fried vegetables and dry preparations could get marred because of excess amounts of water. Moreover, the flavour and aroma could be meddled with. If you want to enjoy a tasty meal, refrain from extra water.

  1. Food Coloring with Natural Juices

    bayberry for natural-food-coloringThe best thing to do to get a delicious, more yummier outcome from the same recipe could be to let the vegetables cook in their own natural water content and juicy extracts that come off their pulp and skin at the time of cooking. This way, the whole flavour gets absorbed within the cooked dish itself. Also it can give recipe the red, yellow or dark coloring as per your recipe.

  1. Do not over-cook

    Avoid cooking in a very high flame or cooking way above the required time. Certain food preparations like biryani and pulao need to be covered and left for a while after cooking (dum) in order to bask in their own natural flavours. Cooking at the right temperature ensures enhanced flavour and a yummier tinge to the otherwise blended taste.

  1. Switch between cooking methods

    Bored of the same taste? Try baking a dish you have been frying all this while. Have baked potato fingers instead of French fries, using the same ingredients and consistency of batter. A little twist to the usual style can amplify the taste manifold. Sometimes, the taste buds crave for a change too.

  1. Pair it right

    Is it just food or is it the drink of choice that makes or breaks the taste? Pick a good drink and learn how to pair it with different varieties of food. For instance, red wine can be coupled with meat and white wine with cheese. There are a number of food pairings that can be done and these only accentuate the flavour and greatly enhance the taste.

  1. Use aromatic herbs

    use-aromatic-herbs-to-increase-taste-of-foodUse of herbs is often underrated. However, if added right, these herbs act as flavour enhancers and can really increase taste of food. They can be added in their fresh or powdered forms depending on the style of preparation. Sprinkle some in your pastas or gravies and watch them work through the meal and tingle your taste buds.

  1. Chillies are not everything

    As much as you might like spicy food, excessive use of chillies kills the actual flavour. Chillies are pungent; therefore tend to dominate the flavour of any food. If used excessively, they could account for spoilers often causing your tongue, throat and stomach to burn. Use them moderately or in limited amounts and see how the flavour improves.

  1. Master new presentation skills

    The same methods of presenting food could prove to be rather monotonous. Instead, give the food item an interesting turn by presenting it in a completely different style. As taste is associated with the senses, presentation hits the eyes really well and triggers the sense of taste in the process.

  1. Serve in innovative styles

    Merely cooking the food and serving it is not as exciting as presenting it the right way is. Serve the dish you have prepared in fancy crockery or flat dishes, garnish them well and maybe set up a theme around the table to double up the flavour game. You could also use moulds for desserts, cornets or cones for serving sorbet and rinds of fruits as a garnish.

  1. Experiment with toppings

    With endless options of toppings and seasonings readily available in the market, it takes no time to add a pinch of a fancy topping just to draw out an extra flavour. Adopt a trial and error method till a topping strikes the right chord.

  1. Use the right spices

    Most people mistake spices for chillies. However, this is not the case. Spices (or masalas) include a whole range of condiments that are diverse in taste, whereas chillies are primarily classified into green and red. Spices like bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and so many more tap the sense of smell in audition to taste. Watch your food turn into a tasty delight and a lot yummier with the use of a spice.

  1. Use dips and chutneys

    Use ready-made or home-made dips, powdered dips mixed with mayo or yogurt and other fancy chutneys to spruce up the flavour of a snack. While some foods may taste bland without them, we ought to agree that a dip adds zest and excitement to the preparation.

  1. Try interesting combinations

    Use different combinations of foods, introduce a side dish or interchange clichéd combinations with those that are new, fun and interesting. Try to alternate between a heavy course with a light dip, or a mild main dish with a saucy and pungent side dish. These combinations work wonders in the world of yummy food.

  1. Prepare a powerful marinade

    Prepare a strong and powerful marinade for a recipe that requires one, as the marinade has to get into the core of the meat properly. Once it reaches the interiors, there is no need to add extra spices on top of the cooked dish and the natural flavour can be retained. A great marinade leads to a great tasting dish.

  1. Try fancy stuffing

    fancy-stuffing-for-better-taste-of-foodA nice way to increase taste of food is by stuffing with a vegetable or minced meat. Try baking a whole tomato stuffed with sausages and carrots, or experiment with a capsicum baked with mashed potatoes inside. It’s like making a regular paratha with a gravy preparation versus having a stuffed paratha with the goodness of flavour and vegetables.

  1. Use syrups and sauces

    Drizzle those yummy fruity syrups and chocolaty sauces on a dollop of sorbet, ice cream or sizzling brownie. Add some fun element while presenting desserts. Place dips in fancy looking jars or cups or simply smear them on the side of the platter. A flavourful dip with a dish enhances the taste and works well on the eye appeal as well.

  1. Add spices at the right time

    Adding spices to the recipe at the right time is the most important factor in getting the taste right. Adding the masalas too early while cooking could over cook them and kill the flavour, while sprinkling them at the right time, just before the cooking completely enhances the taste. A tip for turmeric powder would be to cook it a little in oil, to prevent it from staying raw.

  1. Heat the pan

    Heat the pan or vessel before adding the ingredients to it. This way the overall temperature of the preparation will not come down and the food items will get cooked properly. Additionally, remember to cook in a low to medium flame for a tasty and perfect meal.

  1. Chop right

    tomato-onion-gravy for delicious foodDicing vegetables in the right shapes and chunks goes a long way to work up a good flavour. Like they say the true art of cooking lies in chopping, this stage is what can make or break the recipe. It adds to the aesthetic appeal too.

  1. Ensure the spices seep in

    Poke meat and vegetable chunks with a fork. This is done to make sure all the spices seep in to the core of the chunks. If you want a flavourful dish that is tender exteriorly and soft and well-cooked on the inside as well, this is a great way of obtaining a yummier recipe.

  1. Use the right garnish

    Do not use coriander leaves for everything. It’s like taking the easier way out. Instead, opt for different leaves, greens, vegetable shavings, fruit rinds, oregano, basil or pesto for garnishing. Try a colour contrast. If the food is too yellow or red, use a green garnish and so on.

  1. Serve at the desired temperature

    Serving a hot dish hot and cold dish cold is as simple as it gets. For the perfect texture and right flavour, serving at just the right temperature is a must. The correct temperature hits the taste buds the right way and the meal tastes yummier that way!

  1. Do not re-use

    Reusing oil in a new preparation could spoil the taste of the new dish. Refrain from doing so. Furthermore, re-heating or re-using other ingredients interchangeably could ruin the flavour. Adopt the practice of using only as much oil as needed and making portion sizes that will be consumed during that meal or that very day. This way the food remains fresh and tastes better rather than re-heating it.

Apart from these listed points there are lot of other ways to scale up the taste of food and make an already delicious recipe more yummier. If you have some great idea please mention in comments and we’ll include to the list.

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