Few efficient ways to help us cut cooking time:
Plan things in advance: Working on the menu a day in advance, or using a couple of minutes on Friday evenings, deciding on the weeks menus, getting the groceries on the weekends, making sure we do not waste time going to the grocery store again on the week days. Arranging for things, making sure we have all the required ingredients needed-soaking the beans in advance, helps us save time.
Spending five minutes arranging things before you start cooking: Spending five minutes arranging for things, keeping knives, vegetable peelers, chopping boards ready. Making sure oil, spices and salt are in place. The required ladles, pots and pans are washed and in place, while using things from the refrigerator, herbs and vegetables are washed and arranged well in advance on the kitchen counter.
Designate a container: Using a designated container for keeping vegetable peels while cutting or chopping the vegetables helps us save time and we do not have to reach for the garbage can every now and then, this can be done once after the kitchen work is over this way you are making only one trip to the garbage bin. This is a huge time saver. Designating a bowl to wash the herbs is also a good idea.
Having things in proper place: While cutting and chopping vegetables or while, making sure knives, vegetable peelers, and cutting boards together are in place. If using food processors, arranging for all the required parts like the different types of blades and lids needed in advance, helps us save a lot of time and we do not waste time looking for things.
Keep things ready: Making sure vegetables are washed peeled and chopped, ginger and garlic paste is ready and the needed spices are ground well in advance, before you start cooking this way we do not waste a lot of time.
Using food processors: Most times we waste a lot of time in chopping onions, using a food processor or an onion chopper helps. Adding ginger and garlic while chopping onions in the food processor helps us save a lot of time while cooking.
Use pureed tomatoes: While cooking Indian curry and dals we use a good amount of tomatoes, chopping the tomatoes and using a blender or a food processor to make tomato puree helps saves us a lot of time and pureed tomato cooks very easily.
Finish the toughest things first: In the Indian kitchen making fresh chappaties or rotis is the most time consuming process. I often finish making the chapattis, pooris or the parathas first as this is the toughest thing for me, I feel this way I am not tired and save a lot of time.
We all enjoy cooking but we also need sometime to read good books or watch our favorite television show, coming up with our own suitable ways helps us save time. If you have a few more tips please share with us.