Here's a list of my favourite kitchen tools from 2021. I've used these over and over again and they are part of my personal as well as studio kitchen.
These are not the most expensive, but definitely high-quality, sturdy and long-lasting. Which is what I look for when I buy something for the kitchen. I really hope you guys find this list useful. Write to me, or leave me a comment if you buy something from this list and tell me what you think.
The one question I get asked all the time is about my favourite knife! The 6.6 inch Victorinox Santoku Knife is the knife I reach for most often in the kitchen. It’s the perfect multipurpose knife and is very useful for everyday cutting of veggies as well as meats! It’s handy and is the perfect size for me (in fact, I have small dainty hands and it still fits perfectly). Along with this, I also keep a sharpening rod handy. The Victorinox sharpening rod works like a dream and it’s so easy to use!
With all the Indo-Chinese and Pan Asian food I publish, what gets noticed most is my wok! It is without a doubt one of the best investments I’ve made for the kitchen. The carbon steel and titanium coating make it a great conductor of heat. This is essential to get that smoky heat flavour into the dish. Now you know where that comes from!
I bought this pressure cooker after reading a lot of reviews and I can honestly say that it is so worth it! The tri-ply steel for the vessel and Bakelite for the handles along with its beautiful design and finish makes this a fantastic buy that will last you years!
Electric pressure cookers changed the game for countertop kitchen appliances! They come with pre-programmed multi-function settings that allow you to just set it and forget about it. No more trying to keep track of how many whistles! 🙈
You can use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, bread proofer, yogurt maker, and for sauteing, steaming, baking, or even just to keep your food warm. (I have a 6 quart that’s perfect for a family of 4). My favourite is the Instant Pot which isn't available in India, but I've heard good reviews of the Mealthy Pot.
Probably my most used pan in the kitchen in the last year. I LOVE that these are sturdy, have even heat distribution, No PTFE, No PFOA, No Lead, No Cadmium, No Nickel, No Arsenic.
I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t had the best luck with kitchen weighing scales. The ones I've tried before were either not accurate or would stop working after a short time. This one, fortunately, has been working well for me for over two years! And thank god, cause I can’t tell you how useful a weighing scale is in the kitchen. It’s perfect for portion control, measuring ingredients and especially if you’re a beginner in the kitchen!
This is the best Indian mixer grinder I’ve used so far! It’s perfect for everyday grinding such as pastes, curries, chutneys and even for grinding masalas as well as idli and dosa batters! If you cook a lot of Indian food look no further.
It may seem like an air fryer is not a necessary addition to your kitchen. But trust me, it’s a game-changer. It’ll help you make small changes that’ll greatly improve your lifestyle. Simple changes like air frying potato for aloo fry or french fries - it’ll be worth it! I mean, it uses 85% less fat as compared to traditional frying and woah, that’s definitely worth it!
A cast-iron pan can give you perfectly even heat distribution along with heat retention. It’s perfect for when you’re baking a whole roast in the oven or using it for your daily cooking over a stovetop or an induction. Yes, that’s right, cast iron pans do work on an induction! Also, the best fried eggs are made in a cast iron
A silicon spatula is the best tool to have in your kitchen. It’s extremely handy and can be used for everything from cooking to baking! It’s also super helpful when you’re cooking with non-stick cookware.
I've been exploring more traditional cookware for over two years now and when it comes to Indian curries and dals or even sabzis like poriyals these impart a fantastic flavour and are toxin free. They actually add minerals back into food
I have two ovens - a Morphy Richards 52 Lts and this Borosil OTG. Right now I prefer the Borosil because it feels more sturdy, heats more evenly and in the last 6 months that I've had it, has given me better results. It's also less noisy than the MR.
13. Chopping Board
I own four of these. Need I say more?
Stainless steel frying pans over aluminium or non-stick any day! Stainless steel has a long life, is far safer than other materials and if used properly, can almost act like non-stick.
15. Kitchen Dusters
Every kitchen needs these - basic but so useful!