THREE THINGS MY FEISTY GRANDMOTHER WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT ALOO PARANTHAS

“Humans have cooked since the dawn of the time but that has only made it much more special and nuanced, not mundane.”

My seventy-four-year-old grandmother has always been strong-willed, uncompromising and badass. But she only goes full gung-ho when it comes to cooking. In her kitchen, the best ideals are preached and the best tools used to produce the best ever tastes.

Last week, when I visited her after what seemed to be a long while, my grandmother took it upon herself to treat me to her clan-famous aloo paranthas. However, this time, she wanted to walk me through it. (She thinks I’m going to pick up someday.)
Here’s what I learnt:

1. While preparing the dough for paranthas, special care must be taken of the potatoes that have to be mashed for the stuffing. This is important because if the stuffing doesn’t hold right, your parantha will break before it gets under your teeth.article pic 1

To save you from such disgrace, a perfect potato masher that has rubberized handles for a sturdy grip minimizes the effort that goes into tediously mashing the aloo. Furthermore, it would also save you a lot of time.
Use that to stuff your mouths with more of those palette-pleaser paranthas!

2. When you do finally get around to rolling out a parantha and are ready to heat it in a frying pan, it is important to have a turner around to ensure smooth flips.

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Top-notch turners are a must have in an Indian kitchen,” my grandmother was very adamant. FnS Turners have strong ergonomics to lend a sure grip.

3. Since my grandmother also loves multi-tasking, by the time she got done with the first parantha, spicy chickpeas were almost ready to be had with them. Much to my surprise, she wasn’t really born with such efficiency. “It’s only smart choices in kitchen tools that can guarantee you mouth-watering results. Nothing else.” This is something she lives by, and it takes no great observational skills to notice that.

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Pulling out from her hat, a brilliant looking ladle, she served the chickpeas with it. And for the sweet&sour tomato chutney, she used a smaller service spoon. “Very important to avoid the mess at all costs!” Words of wisdom.

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While I savored the taste of those delectable paranthas with chickpeas and chutney, I realized how in addition to talent, little tools are needed the most to ensure supreme quality.

This little visit has been a life-alternating spiritual cookery Carnivale!

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Anecdotes from the Great Indian Kitchen

The little things are of utmost significance. Why so? Let’s show you.

 

 

Sweet-tooth, anyone?

Lyra’s Anglo- Indian friend really looked up to having ‘gaajar ka halwa’ after sitting through an episode on TLC. Nothing would make Lyra happier than tripping her friend up on Indian dishes and that too home-made. The idea met with despair as they did not have access to a Grater to make the work easier.

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A Peel in Time saves just fine.

While Indian ceremonies are big and fat, so is the preparation to pace up the occasion. Three-four women sat together on the kitchen floor chopping vegetables and peeling garlic, onions, etc. It takes forever to peel with a regular knife and to add fuel to fire, the knives sometimes are blunt and demotivating! A stitch in time saves nine. Here, the Peeler!

 

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Say Cheese!

When it comes to feeding your child’s imagination, God help your patience levels! Rory now likes cheese only if it looks like tiny pieces of snow. Where did he find such a description? He picked that up from school, his friend Nysa always has cheese like “tiny pieces of snow”. So, his mother had to really make sure he got cheese sliced into thin shreds so that Rory takes his tiffin seriously. Also, it looks better this way, cheese trimmed to thin shreds of perfection.

 

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Enjoy your Pizza without fights

Every. Single. Time.

When the Pizza is delivered and friends come rushing to hog, it looks nothing less than a carefully plucked out scene from a war- movie (given your heights of imagination)! And while the fight continues to tear the pizza slices from the whole, chunks of chicken from one pizza falls, chunks of cheese from his pizza piece clings to mine and, the battle continues. So much drama over Pizza!

Make sure you HAVE a PIZZA CUTTER. Saves pizza, and relationships!

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FnS Kitchen Tools makes you relish your delicacies without the daily hassles. Bring them home. Thank us later!