How do you feel about setting up your own Indian kitchen?
In the past decade or so, we have seen more and more people moving across national borders, be it for pursuing an education, career or to be with one’s loved ones. While everyone gets excited about shopping for new clothes, setting up a new kitchen seems like a daunting task without a good checklist in hand. So here’s my attempt to help folks in similar situations by providing with guidelines on how to set up an Indian Kitchen be it in India or abroad.
New to Indian cooking? Are you worried that you may need tons of new kitchen tools?
For those who are new to Indian cooking, you will notice that there aren’t a lot of special equipment or tools that you will need to cook Indian food. Check out the beginners section and you will notice that you already have most of the tools at home, if you have been already cooking any kind of food at home. As you get more experienced in Indian cooking, you can invest in a few items as you go along but for the most part, you should be ready.
Here’s my story on how I got started with setting up an Indian Kitchen
For a twenty-something student who moved to the United States a little more than a decade ago, crossing borders seemed like a fun idea at first but when the realization struck that I have to set up my own kitchen and cook, I was panic-stricken! Though I had made my first Aloo Mutter sabzi when I was 11, I had not entered the kitchen afterward and to put things in perspective I’d have struggled to answer how many cups of water are needed to make steamed white rice!!
My mom helped me with the essentials and we went on a shopping spree just before I left for the US, totally oblivious, of course, to the concept of imports and the possibility that Indian stores existed in the US – so I moved to the US with 90+ kgs of luggage (sounds worse in pounds – all of 198 lbs! ). Those were the good old days when you could carry 2 bags – 32 kgs each + 8 kgs of carry on + 20 kgs extra for students so all I needed was 3 trips a year to put the local Patel’s store out of business.
But since we don’t have the luxury to bring 200 pounds of baggage anymore, and also the fact that most kitchen tools we use for Indian cooking can be found in most stores abroad (albeit a little expensive), you don’t have to lug a lot of these kitchen tools anymore. The most important thing that you need irrespective of where you are setting up a new kitchen whether it is in India or abroad is to start with a list of items that you will need to cook Indian food and that’s where I think I can be of some help.
And here’s my comprehensive list to set up your kitchen for Indian cooking..
I have broken down the list into 3 categories –
- Beginners (new to Indian or any kind of cooking)
- Experienced cook
- Lastly, for the hoarder (like me ;-))