Did you know there are several types of food preparation gadgets in India that can help you to get rid of all those monotonous chopping, grinding and mixing tasks. If you are also tired of doing everything by hand in the kitchen, you can get yourself one of these food preparation gadgets.
With the help of these gadgets, you can reduce a task like chopping fruits and veggies from 15 minutes to around 20 seconds. Starting from 200 INR to 10,000 INR, there are different options with various functions.
We are going to review the best food preparation gadgets, their pros and cons, best brands and what can these kitchen gadgets do for you.
7 Types of Food Preparation Gadgets in India 2021
1. Food Processor
Food Processor is an innovative invention from an American Scientist who knew a little about blenders and later went on to engineer this food preparation gadget. This appliance is currently used in kitchens all around the world.
With a food processor, you can quickly and effortlessly chop, slice, shred, grind and make puree almost out of any food item. Some of the models can also help you to make cake batter, kneading bread dough, grinding meats and veggies. You will get a few attachments, a motor, a bowl with a lid and feed tube when you buy this food preparation gadget.
Since a food processor comes with wide mixing bowls, you get a lot of space to put bigger sized food ingredients. It also comes with various attachments using which you can slice carrots, shred cheese or mix dough. A food processor is a must have gadget if you like to bake or do it professionally.
Pros of Food Processors
- Can handle large quantities of food
- Processes food within minutes
- Saves huge amount of time
- Ideal for big families and large gatherings
- Perfect to make soups, chopping, slicing, baking
Cons of Food Processors
- Are expensive
- Requires more space
- Does not handle liquid very well
- Cleaning can be a task
Best Food Processor Brands in India
Bajaj, Philips, Bosch and Hamilton are some of the best food processor brands in India. Expect the cost to start from 5,000 INR for one of these brands in India.
How to Choose a Food Processor
If you have finally decided that you want to buy a food processor, ensure you look at the capacity, motor power and speed, number of attachments, blade material, safety lock, overload protection, noise, dishwasher compatible, etc.
2. Mixer Grinder Juicer
Mixer Juicer Grinder is a kitchen tool that is present in almost every Indian kitchen. This kitchen appliance can perform mixing, juicing, grinding and even blending. In simple words, if you add a juicer jar to a mixer grinder, it becomes a Mixer Juicer Grinder.
This machine comes with a powerful motor which varies from 500 watts to 1000 watts. Additionally, it has 3 jars either made from Stainless Steel or Polycarbonate material. This appliance is capable of reducing your kitchen time enormously and can handle pureeing, mincing, grinding, grating, etc with least possible manual effort.
We recently bought and reviewed Sujata Powermatic Plus Juicer Mixer Grinder. This machine comes with an impressive 900 watts motor with double ball bearing, shock proof technology and 1 year warranty. Post our usage and review, we found this food preparation gadget to be the Best Juicer Mixer Grinder in India.
Scroll down to see the other Best Juicer Mixer Grinders in India.
Pros of Juicer Mixer Grinders
- Offers a great variety of food
- Comes with variable speed options and juicing too
- Saves time and effort
- Affordable and easy to clean
- Consumes less electricity
Cons of Juicer Mixer Grinders
- Can be noisy
- Extremely sharp blades
- Requires care and maintenance
Best Juicer Mixer Grinder Brands in India
In addition to Sujata as the Best Juicer mixer grinder, Preethi, Philips, Bajaj and Havells are some of the best juicer mixer grinder brands in India. Expect the price to start from approx. 2,500 INR.
How to Choose a Juicer Mixer Grinder
Now that you are buying a Juicer Mixer Grinder, ensure you look at the wattage, rotations per minute, blades quality, blade material, brand value, safety aspects such as overheat protection, noise, dishwasher compatible, etc.
3. Vegetable Chopper
Vegetable Chopper is one of the most affordable and genuine kitchen tools you can have in your kitchen. No matter the amount of fruits and vegetables, a vegetable chopper can perform the task within seconds and that too without any manual effort whatsoever.
A chopper comes with a very simplistic design, a container and 3 blades in it, so there is literally least amount of maintenance required. In India, there are 2 types of Vegetable Choppers – Electric and Non-Electric (we have reviewed both).
The major difference between these two types of choppers is the motor present in electric choppers. With a manual or non-electric chopper, there is a string that you can pull to slice, cut and chop fruits and veggies. On the other hand, you only have to press a button to do the same task in an electric vegetable chopper.
A vegetable non-electric chopper is ridiculously inexpensive and starts from 150 INR whereas an electric chopper will cost you around 800 INR and can go up to 1,500 INR.
Scroll down to see the Best Vegetable Choppers in India (Non-Electric)
Pros of Vegetable Choppers
- Very reasonable
- Performs chopping, cutting within seconds
- Easy to maintain
- Huge time saver in daily tasks
Cons of Vegetable Choppers
- Cleaning sometimes can be messy
- Extremely sharp blades
Best Vegetable Chopper Brands in India
Pigeon, Ganesh, Prestige are some of the best vegetable chopper brands in India. When it comes to electric vegetable choppers, you can choose between Inalsa and Borosil.
How to Choose a Vegetable Chopper
If it is an electric vegetable chopper, look out for motor capacity, number of blades, blades quality, warranty, brand etc. In case of a non-electric chopper, check string quality, number of blades, blade material, warranty, brand etc.
As the name suggests, a Blender blends and mixes different food ingredients to create a smoothie like liquid content. Blades of a blender are extremely sharp which helps to make delicious smoothies.
A blender unlike a Juicer processes all fruits and vegetables and creates a drink which is quite high on fibre that will keep you full for hours to come. You can also read more about differences between Juicer vs Blenders.
There are many types of Blenders out there, but 3 main types are Hand Blenders, Single-Serve Blenders and Full Size Countertop Blenders. You will mainly find Hand Blenders in most of the Indian kitchens. Price of a Blender starts from 500 INR and can go up to 5000 INR depending on the type of machine you are buying.
Pros of Blenders
- High fibre content
- Removes toxins from the body
- Cleaning is easier
Cons of Blenders
- Not an ideal tool to chop hard food such as nuts.
- Limited speed settings
Best Blender Brands in India
Orpat, Inalsa and Philips manufacture the best blenders in India.
How to Choose a Blender
While shopping for a blender, always look out for the size, speed, power, attachments, type of blades, noise, cleaning ease, warranty, etc.
5. Slow Cooker
In India, the concept of slow cookers is not as famous as a traditional pressure cooker, but is slowly gaining popularity. In simple words, if you like to bring out the flavours from the food ingredients and time is not an issue, you should go for a Slow Cooker.
You can also check out our informational post on the difference between Stovetop vs Electric Pressure Cooker – Which is the Best in 2021?
The basic difference between a slow cooker and a pressure cooker is the amount of time a slow cooker takes to cook the food. A slow cooker takes around 4 to 6 hours to cook your food, but in these 4-6 hours it will distribute all the flavours evenly and you will have a much more delicious output.
Accuracy is one of the main reasons why people prefer to buy a Slow cooker. In addition to accuracy, slow cookers are considered safe as well since you are not exposed to LPG or Cylinders anymore. A decent branded slow cooker in India will cost you around 4,000 INR.
Pros of Slow Cookers
- Safer as compared to LPG Cylinders
- Accuracy and Precision
- More Delicious foods
- Durable in longer run
- Uses less electricity than a Microwave
Cons of Slow Cookers
- Does not work for every recipe
- May not be apt for working class
Best Slow Cooker Brands in India
Instant Pot, Mealthy, Geek Robocook etc produces the best slow cookers in India.
How to Choose a Slow Cooker
While buying a slow cooker, always look out for features like lid locking mechanism, on and off indicators, number of controls, ceramic crocks, capacity, power consumption, overheating, etc.
6. Stand Mixers
A stand mixer is a stationery mixer with a powerful motor that can handle all sorts of mixing tasks. Be it eggs, doughs, batters, chopping, slicing, whipping, etc a stand mixer can handle all of these tasks with least amount of manual effort.
A stand mixer can help you to cook more food in less time and especially if you are a baker, this food preparation gadget can literally save loads of time for you. This is one tool that you can use on a daily basis especially if you cook a lot of bread.
Since the stand mixer maintains a constant speed, you can watch or perform other tasks while your food contents are being prepared. In India, you can get a good quality stand mixer for around 3,500 INR.
Pros of Stand Mixers
- Hands free operation
- Reliable and effective
- Faster cooking with advanced features
- Value for money
Cons of Stand Mixers
- Messy for cleaning
- Heavy and takes space
Best Stand Mixer Brands in India
Kitchen Aid, Wonderchef, Black and Decker are the best stand mixer brands in India.
How to Choose a Stand Mixer
While buying a stand mixer, look out for features like capacity, power, speed settings, weight, ease of cleaning, noise level. It may be worth to analyse your cooking needs too before you decide to invest in a stand mixer.
7. Hand Mixers
In our list of 7 types of Food Preparation Gadgets in India, hand mixer is the last kitchen tool you can choose to buy. A hand mixer is a basic version of a stand mixer with less features and obviously cheaper price.
Stand mixers have a bigger motor as compared to hand mixers and that’s why hand mixers are much more compact than a regular stand mixer. In our opinion, you should buy a hand mixer only if you bake occasionally, whisk eggs, whip cream or mix batter.
The only drawback of hand mixers is that they are labour intensive meaning you will have to spend more time using it and unlike stand mixers, you have to stand there and do the job, so you cannot complete other chores.
Due to more manual effort and more time, hand mixers are cheaper and will cost you around 1,000 INR in India.
Pros of Hand Mixers
- Detailed mixing
- Takes less space
- Affordable for everyone
- Easier to clean
- Value for money
Cons of Hand Mixers
- Not hands-free
- Not as powerful as a Stand mixer
- Limited capabilities
Best Hand Mixer Brands in India
You can trust Inalsa to be the best hand mixer brand in India.
How to Choose a Hand Mixer
Consider features like wattage, power, speed settings, weight, ease of cleaning, warranty, additional features etc before buying a hand mixer.
Wrapping Up – 7 Types of Food Preparation Gadgets in India 2021
Cooking is an art for those who like to cook and a regular boring task for those who don’t. But for people like us who love to eat, cooking needs to be special, no one likes to eat the same old meal everyday. While you can still cook and enjoy without any additional kitchen appliances, but having one of these will certainly make your life much easier and you can invest that time in other activities. Depending on your budget, you can invest in any of these tools or more and very soon, you will start realising how important these food preparation gadgets are.
Do comment if you have used one of these tools with your experience.