This post was actually planned when I had posted my third post on blog about “Beginner’s Guide to Kitchen and Cooking”. But with more and more recipes I forgot to post what I wanted to share a years back.
Nevertheless, I am going to do that today. I have published two cookbooks also for beginners. But again I have unpublished that for some modification in the book. And I will republish that soon.
Well, let’s see the essential kitchen utensils and tools required. I will share the products that are budget-friendly and not too expensive (unnecessarily).
You don’t need to spend a lot buying luxury brands. But a lot of variety is available nowadays, online and offline both.
Get good quality products which will meet your requirements.
E.g. while buying a pan or wok or kadhai, look for heavy bottom ones because when the pan is thin it increases the chance of burning food and spoils it completely. Check for thickness while buying cookware.
Also, look for the material of cookware that you are going to use. Normally for everyday cooking, we use stainless steel and iron utensils as these are easy to maintain.
But non-stick kadhai and pans are the best I must say. I personally use them for cooking. That also comes with easy maintenance. If the product is of cheap quality the outer coating will remove in a short span of time.
This is not any sponsored product review but here I will share some products that I use personally and I’m a satisfied user.
Below are the essential kitchen tools and most used utensils in my kitchen.
1. Small Pan / Tadka Pan
A small pan is essential for tadka or omelet. Tadka pans are even smaller than small pans. You can have both. Tadka pan can only be used to prepare tempering or tadka. Whereas the small pans, you can use for multiple purposes.
If you are a bachelor or cooking for 2 person then the small pan will serve both for cooking and tadka. So choose as per your requirement and budget.
Personally I like Solimo (by Amazon) brand. Products come at reasonable and affordable prices.
However, this is not compatible with Induction. Works on stovetop only.
Small Pan/ Omelette Pan
Compatible with gas top only (not on induction)
It’s reasonable also at Rs.290/-
If you will go for a combo cooking set then you don’t need to buy individual pans. That’s why I always prefer to buy a combo. Again when you will buy in a set of 3 / 4/ 5 and compare the prices with individual products, combos are always cheaper.
I have one more suggestion of a stainless steel pan.
This has a stainless steel body with an induction friendly base.
You may use this to saute your vegetables or make sauces.
2. Large Frying Pan/ Kadai
This one is a super cool multipurpose wok. It comes with a glass lid. (I have the same pan.)
This is non-stick cookware with durable granite coating.
This is dishwasher safe and induction compatible.
3. Tawa/ Flat Pan
Tawa is generally used to make roti, paratha, dosa, etc. This is an essential cookware for me.
Tawa is generally of two types, i.e. concave and flat.
Flat tawa is necessary to make dosa, crepes, pancakes. And concave tawa is for roti, chapati, paratha, etc.
This is a flat tawa. It will serve purpose of both flat tawa and concave tawa.
If you make dosa, crepes, etc often, I will suggest this product.
If you don’t make dosa and need only for everyday cooking of roti, paratha then you may choose to buy concave tawa.
These concave tawa or pans are not compatible with induction and work on gas top only.
There is another option. You can buy one combo set where you will get 3 or 5 things and of course, you will get some discounted price.
It’s a 3 piece set and comes with one large Kadai, one small pan, and one tawa.
If you will buy products individually it will cost you around Rs. 2500/- But the set comes in 1637/- only.
This is another beautiful set by Wonderchef.
This set is not very costly. It comes at only Rs. 1845/-.
Saucepan is necessary to boil milk, making tea or coffee, making stews or soups. This is a basic requirement in our kitchen.
This is a stainless steel saucepan which is induction friendly also.
I believe we should always buy products that works on both gas top and induction.
If you are looking for non-stick saucepan there are many options.
This is induction compatible and dishwasher safe.
Capacity is 1.5 L comes with durable non-stick coating.
5. Pressure Cooker
While buying pressure cooker I always go with the brand. Because “safety first” friends.
Low quality and cheap products may lead to accidents.
There are certain brands you may trust on quality base like Hawkins, Pigeon, Prestige. I always had a pressure cooker from these 3 brands only. I never do any experiment when it comes to pressure cooker.
It has aluminum body with an induction friendly base. You can choose this with different capacity like 1 l, 3L or 5L depending size of your family and requirement.
6. Kitchen Tools
These cooking utilities are must-haves.
Ensure you have them in your kitchen and they are really useful.
Here is a set of 5 tools are required in our everyday cooking.
The set has (from left to right)
- Pakad (pot holder)
- Potato Masher
- Lemon Squeezer
- Wired Whisk
7. Wooden Ladle Set
If you are using non-stick cookware, you may need a wooden ladle set.
This will increase the life of cookware causing no damage to its top coating.
This is a 7 piece ladle set with a wooden container to keep the ladle and spoon set.
8. Container Set/ Pot/ Tope
We need utensils like pots and tope to keep food after cooking. These are used in multiple purpose like in heating food or boiling water/ milk etc.
You can replace saucepan with one tope also.
It contains 5 pots with different capacity and 5 lids for these pots.
9. Stainless steel Cooking Ladle Set
Set of 4 ladles helpful for cooking and serving both. So fulfills two purpose at cheaper price.
9. Chakla Belan
You may consider buying stone made chakla belan but wooden ones are lighter in weight and convenient to use also.
I prefer wooden ones.
There is also metal chakla belan available in market. Not sure about it.
10. Mortar & Pestle
This is again an essential item for everyday cooking.
We use this to ground spices, to mince ginger garlic etc.
Freshly ground spices brings that extra punch of aroma in our food
You may get some metal ones also. Clean it after every use.
11. Knives Set
I have mentioned in my earlier post choose knives wisely.
Remember sharp knives are the best and safe. Read why?
12. Colanders & strainers
And guess what now you can make paneer at home easily and quickly.
I was looking for this in local stores but finally I got this from amazon. Just bought this now.
Else you can buy a regular colander that is without a lid.
You can use this to wash your vegetables, grains and to strain out rice or boiled veggies, Maggi, pasta, etc etc..
It’s used for multiple purposes in fact.
13. Spice Box
Last but not least, this is the most important thing we need in our kitchen. Keep your spices assorted and organized while cooking as this adds life to the dish. I call this magic box.
14. Spoon & Fork Set
There is huge range of in fact. Choose any looking at your budget and requirement.
15. Measurement Cups
Also, I just came across another useful tip from my friend and blogger regarding measurement cups and a basic understanding of kitchen conversion units like ounces, cups, etc. Please read the full article here.
So this is an extensive list of essential kitchen tools and utensils you need to set up your kitchen. These items are budget friendly and you will get good quality in that budget. These are my suggestions only. You may love to choose your products based on your budget and experience.
I will share some other essential kitchen appliances and gadgets in my coming posts.
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