Let me paint a picture for you. You’re a working class individual. You’ve moved away from home. You’re living with housemates. And after a few months of the euphoria surrounding “being an adult”, you’re now facing a tinge of homesickness and a dash of disillusionment.
Don’t worry about it! It happens to the best of us. Leaving home and finally figuring out that every adult who told you to be young and have fun wasn’t kidding, is the emotional equivalent of a sledgehammer to the kneecaps. But don’t worry! I’ve got a few lists for you to follow that might ease the pain.
Let’s begin with a fairly accurate, wiki-pedia assisted understanding of survival. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s a no-brainer that we all need air, water, food, shelter and clothing to survive. These are the most basic physiological needs that every human being requires. Air, water, shelter and clothing have been checked off your list, over the past couple of months. Food, however, is your Achilles heel. But never fear! Suki is here! So let’s get right to it.
Step 1 : Invest in a Stove
I would suggest this as a beginner’s move to adulting so that you aren’t stressing about whether you turned the stove off when you’re at work, nor worry about whether your gas cylinder will be delivered on time. (If you’re in a major city, getting a new gas connection shouldn’t be too difficult, and which will be covered in another post in the future!) An induction stove is literally the new-adult’s best friend in the kitchen. Why? Well, because it comes with preset shortcuts like “Heat Milk”, “Deep Fry”, “Curry” and other user friendly little buttons. Invest in one. You will not regret it. Here’s a handy Induction Stove link to find one.
And no, it doesn’t consume as much electricity as you might think. If you’re living alone, it makes more sense to use an Induction Stove than to get a Gas Stove. If you’re a newly-wed wife however, go in for the Gas Stove. Regardless of whether you plan to have kids or not in the near future, cooking for two or more is much easier on a traditional stove. Here’s another handy Gas stove link to get one for your new family.
Step 2 : Invest in a Refrigerator
I know, I know, you’re on a budget. But would you rather wake up to mouldy leftovers in the morning that you could’ve eaten had they been stored well, or would you rather wake up to leftovers that can pass off as breakfast so that you don’t look like you’ve been a prisoner of war? Again, a refrigerator is an investment. Look out for the festive season when major appliances are always on sale. Go in for the frost free version, because it lasts much longer and you won’t have to deal with Sundays dedicated to cleaning your freezer. Direct cooling refrigerators are a thing of the past. Do yourself a solid and get something that fits within your budget (EMIs will help you here), has an in-built stabilizer (so that your investment doesn’t go kaput with voltage fluctuations) and which will last at least five years. I would also, personally suggest getting one that has a freezer on top because it consumes less power than the new versions that come with the freezer at the bottom. Just get one. Do it now. Clink on the Refrigerator link to help you choose one.
Step 3 : Invest in a Hand Blender
The number of things that you can make with a hand blender is phenomenal. From soups to smoothies, even sauces and chutneys, a hand blender is an essential item in your kitchen, simply because it takes a lot less space than a traditional mixie, performs well, is quick and efficient and best of all is that it is much easier to clean up. I really wish I had gone in for one earlier, because this little thingamajig has helped keep me healthy on my laziest mornings by whipping up some fabulously healthy and delicious smoothies as well as on my sickest nights when all I was craving was soup. Invest in a hand blender because I’ll be coming up with an entire series of recipes dedicated to this appliance. Check out this Hand Blender link to get one for yourself. (Or even gift it, because those aunty-jis at weddings weren’t wrong after all.)
Step 4 : Invest in an OTG Oven
No. Not a microwave that has an OTG (oven toaster grill) function on it. Get an OTG Oven. If that image of what microwaved water does to plants hasn’t made you at least a little skeptical about microwaves yet, I worry for your health. Ovens have been used for centuries and across cultures. It’s the kitchen equivalent to the trusty wheel. You can bake bread in it, bake cakes, make roast vegetables and chicken, make pies, cookies, cheesy bakes, oh lord, the list would go on, but you get the picture. An Oven to me is as essential as a pressure cooker. No fuss cooking at its best. Please, invest in an oven. You cannot go wrong. Check out this OTG Oven link here to bring yours home. (Also, come on, have you never wanted to play the “bun in the oven” pun?)
Step 5 : Invest in a Wet Grinder
Oh, are you waiting to tell me how you have someone selling ready-made dosa/idly batter just a stone throw’s away from where you live? Sure, go ahead. I’m not going to object. But the beauty of a wet grinder is that it isn’t only meant for dosa and idly batter. You can also cut down the effort required to make chapathi and puri dough with the atta dough kneader attachment, and it’s ready in a fraction of the time. Invest in a Wet Grinder and get the accessories. You will not regret it. Follow the link to help you find yours.
So, there you have it! This is my list of absolute essential appliances in the kitchen. Of course, these are but the bare necessities and in time, I will be able to coax you into filling up your shelves with handheld beaters, mixies and other fabulous inventions designed to make cooking in the kitchen your most beloved time of the day. But for now, happy adulting! I hope this list helps.[amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&asin=