Indian cooking at home – Essential equipment

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Indian cooking at home - Essential equipment

You don’t need a lot of equipment for indian cookery, but here are our top cooking utensils that are essential for cooking Indian food at home.

A mincing plate – A mincing plate is a stainless steel plate that works like a grater, which allows ingredients to be completely minced down.  A mincing plate that is made from stainless steel is best, because it is non-porous and so you will not get flavour contamination from one ingredient to the next.  This is very important when cooking with strong flavours, to allow for the even distribution of the base ingredients.  Therefore, the finer you can get them them, a more even distribution you will have, which means you will have a far superior overall flavour to your finished dish.

A tawa– a tawa is concave pan used for cooking Indian flatbreads. The quality of tawas can vary greatly so it is always best to use a recommended brand or one that has lots of reviews.

You can get two types of tawa: Metal or clay. Everybody in our family, as well as our friends, use metal tawas (us included). Clay tawas are the very original type of tawa that were used in village cookery (as clay was readily available), however due to the nature of clay when used for cooking, it can crack.  Clay also changes the flavour of the food when you use it as the material in which to cook or serve food, so this is also a factor.

A rolling pin – Punjab is known as the breadbasket of India, and as such, flatbreads form an important part of our diet (roti is the daily bread). A good rolling pin is worth it’s weight in gold. We would always recommend using one with handles, as this encourages even rolling (i.e. Uniform thickness of your flatbread, which is important for even and correct cooking).

A karai – A karai is a pot used in cookery, that is a little wok-like in shape, in that it is quite deep.  Karais are great for cooking meat dishes, as well as for deep fat frying (both due to the shape of them).  You can get some really beautiful karais that have really ornate handles, equally you can get a basic one with no-frills that does a great job at doing the task in hand – cooking the food beautifully.

A chakla– a chakla is a round board used as the base on which to roll out flatbreads before cooking them.  You can get wooden chaklas (which are most readily available and affordable) but be sure to get one that is varnished so that you don’t get wood splinters in your flat bread as you roll.  You can get really special marble ones, however these are much more expensive. A marble chakla is something that would typically be passed down through the generations, from mother to daughter. Most people however tend to use a wooden chakla. The wooden ones also have little feet or legs on which they stand. This is because traditional cookery was normally done outside and so there were no set worktops or work tables on which to prepare food, so a chakla was the dedicated rolling area for flatbreads.

Customer Reviews

Indian Meal kits, Dinner Kits & Gift Boxes

Customer Reviews

Karen Taylor October 2018

We are having such fun cooking from The Spice Pack Collection and all the dishes have come out brilliantly. The smell is divine and Rob, who is very fussy, is particularly impressed. All our visitors are wowed when they smell the box – we’ve been too possessive to share any with others, as yet!

As a natural therapist I particularly appreciate the healthy aspect of each dish, none of which compromise on taste. Good ingredients freshly cooked makes a big difference.

We’re going on holiday with three other couples in a couple of weeks and going to take the pack with us to cook some dishes together.

Maria M / BBQ Meal Kit Box customer

“We had a BBQ for family and friends few weeks ago and we made the Lamb Kebabs & Coconut & Sesame Chutney and Crushed Tikka New Potatoes & Mango Chicken… We received such rave reviews!! All so easy to make with the spices and sauces all provided for us…food was all delicious!”

Chris & Debs - dinner kit with cook-along customer

“That was so fun…

Thank you for the zoom meet up. That was so fun. We will definitely be up for another. Please send another suitable invite and kit. We are predominately veggies so used the butternut squash version. If this continue the local takeaway will suffer for sure. Again thanks”.

Carol R. dinner kit with cook-along customer

“What a wonderful cookalong…

…The Mango Chicken was delicious and my naan bread actually looked amazing – like the real thing. I feel so successful. Thank you. Looking forward to our next cookalong”.

Pam Brown – dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Thank you so much both…

– the class was amazing and we both really enjoyed the food. It makes so much difference knowing exactly how to do things and that we can make such tasty food which is gluten free. Jeera rice has always been my favourite but many restaurants don’t have it on the menu”.

Sylvia M – dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Thank you so much...
... for a great hour of cooking on Saturday evening. I enjoyed it very much as I have never done anything like it before. The Punjabi chicken was delicious and we had enough to freeze for another time”.

Sue W – dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Well that was amazing…
... the best curry I've ever had and Jxx said it was like being in India ( as he’s spent so much time there with work ) loved the class and so did Exxx looking forward to coming to your workshops…
…and will order some more kits from your website”

Roy P…dinner kit with cook-along customer

“Many thanks…
...for the cook–along workshop yesterday. It was very enjoyable and the meal tasted lovely. As someone who is not a confident cook it was ideal to follow your teaching. I have recommended this to a friend of mine who is very interested in joining the next cook–along. I will definitely be doing it again”.

Ellie Pipe

I highly recommend this lovely family run local company…

... We’ve enjoyed 2 of their meal kits now along with an online cook along to show us what to do. Thank you.

Diane McGillivray

I love them all and would highly recommend…

...If I had to choose one it would be the Mango chicken.