How to know if your oil is ready

SBS has a cool cooking show on its hands, prepare it, and the series sees a group of home cooks attempt recipes written by celebrity chefs. Along the way, these home cooks discover and share cooking tips that make producing these impressive dishes a little easier. One of the best examples we’ve seen so far is this hack to test if the oil is hot enough to fry, especially if you’re making curry puffs.

How to test if the oil is hot enough to fry in it

During Poh Ling Yeow’s attempt Beef curry puffs – a recipe for Adam and Poh’s Malaysia in Australia – home cooks have been advised that you can use curry leaves to test if your oil is ready to fry your curry puffs.

Basically, when you heat oil, it won’t bubble up like boiling water does, so it can be hard to tell when it’s ready to cook. The hack here suggests that you should throw in a curry leaf, and if it crackles and bursts, then your oil is ready. Essentially, you should see the oil foam up immediately.

Check it out below:

Dishing It Up frying oil temperature hack. Picture provided

Home cooks Yash, Stefan, Magda and Sara each had great results testing this fry oil hack, while Jen and Waz’s oil wasn’t hot enough and their curry leaves were simmering in oil instead of bubbling as expected.

Either way, using this simple trick showed each of the home cooks whether or not their oil was hot enough to fry, so it did the job.

Now, obviously, this hack was meant to be applied to cooking curry puffs, but there’s nothing stopping you from using it in other Asian-style deep-fried dishes, or recipes where the flavors work. Maybe don’t throw curry leaves in the oil you plan to make fritters in…

If you want to check out the rest of the clever cooking tips shared on the show, you can find prepare it available to stream on SBS on demand now.

Dishing It Up premiered Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. on SBS, SBS Food, and SBS On Demand.

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