Tips & Tricks

Ingredients Substitution Guide

I know there is not one person out there who really wants to try a new recipe and after after finding the perfect recipe that you have been craving for, you jump off your comfortable seat only to realize and plonk back with a " Oh No! I don't have this ingredient! Now what do i do? ". Right? A lot of us in India browse through recipes from abroad only to realize that some of the ingredients are impossible to find here. Its frustrating! I have been in that situation so many times that sometimes it discourages me from making particular dishes. I know what you are going through . Lately, i stopped giving up so easily. The net is full of ideas to substitute ingredients. I have written them everywhere and sometimes dont find it myself . So this guide is for self help and sharing with you what worked for me. Taste may vary slightly to original but you may hardly notice. I will keep updating this space with more things that work for me in the future, so watch out!

All Spice            
1 tsp  
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp Ginger, 1/4 tsp Cloves
Bread Crumbs                         
1 cup
1 cup crushed Cornflakes
Brown Sugar                      
1 cup
1 cup White Sugar
Corn Syrup            
1 cup
1 cup Honey
Chicken Broth                                
1 cup
1 cube Maggi Chicken cube mixed in 1 cup hot water
Cream ( Half and half)
1 cup
210 ml whole milk with 2 tbsp unsalted butter
Cream Cheese
1 cup
1 cup pureed Cottage Cheese
Cream of Tartare
1 tsp
2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
Creme Fraiche
1 cup
Combine 1 cup heavy cream and 1 tbsp plain Yoghurt or Buttermilk and let it stand for 6 hours at room temperature
Cake Flour
1 cup
3/4th cup All purpose Flour and 2 tbsp Cornflour
1 cup
1 cup Butter
1 cup
1 cup Shortening or 1 cup Butter
1 cup
3/4th cup Brown Sugar heat to dissolve in 1/4 cup water
Sour Cream                         
1 cup
1 cup Thick Yoghurt
Self Raising Flour     
1 cup
1 cup All purpose flour with 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder and 1/4 tsp salt
Golden Syrup           
1 cup
1 cup Corn Syrup
Evaporated Milk       
1 cup
1/2 cup Milk and 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup
1 cup Dry Cottage Cheese
Almond Paste
1 1/3 cups
1 3/4 cups (175 grams) ground blanched almonds plus 1 1/2 cups (175 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar plus 1 large egg white (30 grams) plus 1 teaspoon almond extract plus 1/4 teaspoon salt
If you have more tips or tried and tested substitutes for certain ingredients, please feel free to write to me in the comments section. 

British to American Ingredients Guide
I was very interested to read in one of the cook books, some of the terms used in cookery. Like the above guide we sometimes get stuck when we don't recognize a certain ingredient in the recipe. I found this guide very helpful and felt i should share it with my readers too. With some more research online, i have collated a few common ingredients names which has another name in British countries and visa verse. Hope this helps you too!

British Ingredients
American Ingredients
Icing Sugar
Powdered or Confectionary Sugar
Corn Flour
Corn Starch
Black Treacle
Single Cream
Light Cream
Double Cream
Heavy Cream
Open Pie
Spring Onion
French Beans
String Beans
Beef Fillet
Steak Tenderloin
Minced Beef
Ground Beef
Bicarbonate of soda
Baking Soda
Fairy Cake
Cotton Candy
Cheese Biscuit
Small sausage
French Fries
Devon or Cornish Cream
Clotted Cream
Coriander Leaf
Semi-sweet chocolate
Plain Chocolate

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