Mamta's Kitchen - A Family Cookbook

Kitchen Equipment

Here is an alphabetical list of some the equipment I use in the kitchen. Don't try and buy all of it at once. Buy a few new items at a time.

Notes On Buying Pans & Knives

For everyday home cooking, non-stick pans are better than ordinary ones. Heavy bottomed pans are better than light ones. Buying cheap equipment now will cost more in the long run as you will probably need to buy frequent replacements! So buy the best you can afford.

Same is true of knives, get the best you can and gradually build up your collection.

Suggested Kitchen Equipment
Aluminium foil
Baking tray
Beater Electic and hand (non-electric)
Bread knife
Cake tins Assorted sizes and shapes.
Can opener
Casserole pans Large and medium, heavy bottomed with a lid. A glass lid is better as you can keep an eye on the food without having to open the lid all the time.
Chopping board
Cling film
Coffee maker
Cooking pans A couple of different sizes, with handles and lids.
Food processor
Frying pans A couple of different sizes.
Funnel For filling jars. Get heat resistant, small and large ones.
Garlic press
Graters A selection of 2-3 different thickness, including one for parmesan cheese.
Grinder Electric is easiest.
Kettle Electric is easiest.
Kitchen apron
Kitchen scissors
Knife sharpener
Knives A selection, but one good one is worth more than 3 bad ones!
Lemon juicer
Measuring cups A set of 14, 13, 12 and 1 cup.
Measuring jug 1-2 litres, with millilitre markings.
Measuring spoons For measuring small ingredients - a set of 1tbsp, 1tsp, 12tsp and 14tsp.
Melon baller
Microwave safe bowls
Mixing bowl Medium and large.
Muslin cloth square Large enough to take 2-3 litres.
Oven gloves
Oven-proof casserole Large is good as it can be used for many different amounts.
Pepper mill
Pestle & mortar
Peeler & corer
Pressure cooker It saves a lot of time when cooking beans, lentils and certain meat dishes.
Rolling pin
Sandwich maker
Spatulas & ladles A few assorted sizes and shapes, for frying and cooking.
Sprouter For sprouting moong beans, chickpeas, fenugreek, mustard seeds alfalfa, cress, fennel, rocket and sunflower and many others (not for Kidney beans).
Tarka ladle A long handled, large ladle for tempering dals (lentils) etc.
Tawa A griddle for making chapatties/parathas, pancakes and dosa etc. If you don't have one, any old, heavy bottomed frying pan will do.
Thermometer A probe type electronic one is most versatile.
Tongs For cooking chapattis on the flame directly.
Ulu knife For chopping herbs.
Weighing scales
Wok A large one, for making dry vegetable bhajies/curries and a smaller one, for deep-frying.