Its nearly been an year since I published anything on our blog. A lot of changes have happened in the last one year and I am finally moved out of my house, and I guess its a huge change in my life. I no longer wait for my mom to pack my lunch or to serve my dinner. I don’t have my dad with me to get me vegetables from the market. I do it all by myself.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking but never as much as I do now. Its more of a daily routine than just a hobby to pass time. Earlier, whatever ingredients I needed to make a dish were readily available in my mom’s huuuuge pantry. Name any weird ingredient you want, and you know its hidden in some corner, somewhere in the kitchen. And I don’t even want to talk about the cutlery. Its a mess on whole another level. We were just 3 people living in the house and we had cutlery that would suffice 15 people. Nothing was organised and the kitchen wasn’t easy to tidy and organised quickly. Even when we organised things in the kitchen, it wouldn’t take more than couple of days to lose that spice mix that I just bought.
Keeping all this mind, I decided to keep my kitchen and the cooking ingredients very minimal.
I usually stay alone and on some days I have my best friends or my parents visiting me over. So its never more than 3 people in my room. Keeping all of this in mind, I set certain rules and limits for myself since the beginning to have a minimal and mess free kitchen. The following is a listicle with all the things that I kept in mind before setting my kitchen up.
1. The Cutlery & Vessels.
I literally stuck to the basics. I only bought what i really really REALLY needed on a daily basis. I got a
– non-stick tava, for the dosas and pancakes that I absolutely love to eat
– Kadhai, for all the fries, noodles, fried rice, pasta’s, tempering to begin with
– A big sauce pan to boil veggies, spaghetti, dal and other basic things
– A pressure cooker.
– A handy blender that blends about anything.
and coming to the vessels,
– 4 large plates
– 3 small plates
– 3 bowls with lids which I can also use for carrying my food
– 2 borosil bowls
– 3 forks and 8 spoons
– 2 knives and a peeler
– 2 Metal sieves
and thats about it.
The lesser the stuff that I have, the lesser I have to clean and wash. So its very important to have only a few things in the kitchen.
And even when it comes to the pantry, I stick to the basics such as
– Toor dal/Yellow gram
– Millets/Red rice
– Red beans, Chickpeas, Peanuts and Soya chunks
– Flax, Chia, Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
– Almonds, cashews and raisins
– sorghum Pasta and Noodles
– Indian spices and masalas, salt, Chilli powder
– Green tea, Stevia
– Olive and Groundnut oil
– Cacao powder
95% of the plant based meals that I cook, don’t require anymore ingredients and if I ever feel like experimenting with a dish, I try using different vegetables and play around with the consistency of the gravies 🙂