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Useful Measurements And Weights

General

Everyone’s appetite can vary, but it is also a good idea to plan meals with generic or a rule of thumb portions:

  • For rice & legumes about 50-60 g dry rice and 100 g dry or 200 g soaked legumes per person.

  • For a main course with side dishes and bread, 150-200 g of meat per person is a good choice. If the meat is to be cooked on the bone, it is recommended to buy about one-third more than the boneless weight specified in the recipe. So, if the recipe calls for 500 g of boneless meat, buy about 700 g of bone-in meat.

For dry ingredients:

  • 1 tsp (teaspoon) = 5 ml

  • ½ tsp = 2,5 ml

  • 1 tbsp (tablespoon) = 15 ml

  • ½ tbsp = 7,5 ml

  • 1 cup = 235 ml

  • ¾ cup = 177 ml

  • ½ cup = 118 ml

  • ¼ cup = 59 ml

For liquid ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp (tablespoon) = 30 ml

  • 1 cup = 240 ml

  • ¾ cup = 180 ml

  • ½ cup = 120 ml

  • ¼ cup = 60 ml

Spices (especially helpful if you want to grind your own spices)

  • Green cardamom

         12 capsules = 1 tsp ground green cardamom

  • Cinnamon stick

         1 piece (4 cm) = 1 tsp cinnamon powder

  • Coriander seeds

         1 tsp coriander seeds = 1 ½ tsp ground coriander

  • Cumin seeds

         1 tsp cumin seeds = 1 ¼ tsp ground cumin seeds

  • Black pepper

         1 tsp black pepper = 1 ¾ tsp ground pepper

Citrus Fruits

  • 1 lime = 30 ml juice

  • 1 lemon = 50 ml juice

Garlic

  • 1 big clove = 1 tsp finely chopped garlic

Onions

  • 1 large onion = 200 g

Tomatoes

  • 1 medium tomato = 170 g

Ginger

  • 1 inch (2,5 cm) ginger bulb = 1 tbsp ginger paste

However, these are all approximate values, as citrus, garlic, onions and tomatoes vary in size.

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