Essential Kitchen Tools and Utensils You Must Have
This post was actually planned when I posted my third post on the 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 year back.
Read my beginner's guide to cooking and kitchen here.
Nevertheless, I am going to do that today. I have published two cookbooks also for beginners.
Well, let's see the essential kitchen utensils and tools required for beginners to start their own kitchen. 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 that 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.
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Below are the essential kitchen tools and most used utensils in my kitchen.
1. Small 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.
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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
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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.
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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
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This one is a super cool multipurpose wok. It comes with a glass lid. This is non-stick cookware with durable granite coating. This is dishwasher safe and induction compatible.
3. Crepe Pan/ Flat Pan
A flat pan or crepe pan is generally used to make crepes, flatbreads, naan, etc. This is essential cookware for me.
Flat tawa comes with a flat base. It is necessary to make dosa, crepes, and pancakes. And concave tawa is for roti, chapati, paratha, etc.
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These are flat pans. It will serve the 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 it only for everyday cooking of roti, and 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.
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This is another beautiful set by Cuisinart.
Click here to buy this stainless steel cookware set.
This set is not very costly. It comes at $139.
And you don't need to buy the things separately. Combo sets are always cheaper.
4. Sauce Pan
Saucepan is necessary to boil milk, making tea or coffee, making stews or soups. This is a basic requirement in our kitchen.
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This is a stainless steel saucepan which is induction friendly also.
I believe we should always buy products that works on both gas top and induction.
If you are looking for non-stick saucepan there are many options. Here are few more options you can choose from.
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These are induction compatible and dishwasher safe.
5. Pressure Cooker
6qt stainless steel pressure cooker for all stove tops.
This is good for 4 - 6 people.
While buying pressure cooker I always go with the brand. Because "safety first" friends.
Low quality and cheap products may lead to accidents.
There are certain brands you may trust on quality base like Hawkins, Pigeon, Prestige. I always had a pressure cooker from these 3 brands only. I never do any experiment when it comes to pressure cooker.
This will be the best investment, Trust me. An instant pot cooks the food so quickly and saves a ton of time indeed.
6. Kitchen Tools
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These cooking utilities are must-haves.
Ensure you have them in your kitchen. These are really useful.
Here is a set of 5 tools are required in our everyday cooking.
The set has a lot of tools like peeler, masher, pizza cutter, grater, spatula, scoop, scissors, brush, whisk and lot more in fact. Check the link page for details of the products in the combo set.
The cost is 40$ now. The price may change as per the terms of amazon.com
There is another set with basic tools. Here is the link. This is great for beginners and affordable also.
7. Wooden Cooking Spoon Set
Click here to buy 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
Click here to buy stainless steel pot set with lids.
We need utensils like pots and containers 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. Cooking Spoons and Ladle Set
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Set of cooking spoons and ladles are helpful for cooking and serving both. So fulfills two purpose at cheaper price.
9. Rolling Pin and Board
Click to buy the rolling pin and board as you need.
You may consider buying stone made chakla belan but wooden ones are lighter in weight and convenient to use also.
I prefer wooden ones for my personal use. Beginners may choose with measurement board for better understanding.
There is also available in metals, granaites, marbles, etc in market.
10. Mortar & Pestle
Click to buy this mortar & pestle or similar.
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
Click here to buy this knife and peeler set.
I have mentioned in my earlier post choose knives wisely.
Remember sharp knives are the best and safe. Read why?
12. Colanders & Strainers
These are required in everyday cooking also. 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, and grains and to strain out rice or boiled veggies, Maggi, pasta, etc.
It's used for multiple purposes in fact.
13. Spice Jars & Organizer
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
Buy a set of spoons and forks here.
There is a huge range of it 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.
Get Measurement Cups here which are also essential for cooking and baking.
Mixing Bowls (with lids)
These are good for storing foods also and comes with air tight lids.
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.
Here you can see other wide range of essential kitchen utensils here from Cooking Detective.
Also share some other must have kitchen countertop appliances and gadgets in my coming posts.
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