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I started baking at a very young age and used to help my mother beat the cake batter and whisk the cream for the Gateaus she used to make. That was the very first time I laid my hands on cooking. As I grew up and began investing in a few basic kitchen things, I instantly knew what I wanted for my baking needs.
Most of the Baking things I bought are from Crate & Barrel or Williams Sonama. Both of them are premium US home and kitchen stores. And its a pity that India still does not have that high quality making tools and gadgets like they do. But nevertheless, I thought I should list the things that are available in India from Amazon. I am sure in the years to come Amazon will stock itself with the high quality bakeware that we get in the US or someone in India will manufacture them that good quality. Utill such time, I have collated a list of baking things what I thought looks the best with affiliate links to Amazon. Feel feel to ping me if you have any questions.
9 Inch Springform Pan with 2 Bottoms
A Springform Pan is a must have for every Baker. The ease with which you can bake cakes, cheesecakes and delicious tea time cakes and take them out of the pan without a mess is simply delightful for a baker.
Alda Muffin Pan
I use this pan, to make not just cup cakes and muffins, but also mini tarts as well. I even place a bread slice in it, fill it with a filling to make a bread tart. And when there is a good quality non stick, you dont have to worry a lot about liners too. Just regular greasing works great.
Norpro Nonstick Loaf Pan
When you buy one of this and start making breads, you will never buy a store bread again. Having said that the loaf pans can be used to make tea time cakes too as it makes it perfect to slice them perfectly and serve them for tea.
Alda Removeable Bottom Pie Pan
This is probably the best investment you can make if you like making a lot of tarts and pies. The come out so clean and beautiful with a perfect shape everytime. If you want your desserts, tarts and pies to look impeccable, then this is a must have.
All-Purpose Baking Rack
Every time you bake a cake or a cookie, it has to undergo a complete cooling process to get the right texture. It needs to have the air flow to crisp and cool down completely from all sides. This Baking rack is used exactly for that purpose.
Cookie Baking Sheet
A cookie sheet is a must have if you do grilling or even make cookies often. I have a metal baking tray/ sheet at home but I know that the Silicon ones are great for baking in the oven.
Alorno Oven Safe Fluted Dish
Well, I cant tell you having a variety of shapes for baking dish, especially the fluted one. This fluted baking dish is just perfect for making the Creme Brulee's also known as the Caramel Custard. I make the baked version of it and it slips out so perfectly. So I own this one, just for creme brulee's
Porcelain Ramekin Cups - 6 Pieces
The ramekins are cute little porcelain cups, that have a multi purpose use. I use them for making baked Souffle's, Mousse, Custards, Mini Creme Brulee's, Mini Gratins and many more. I have a stock of 24 of these Ramekins at home as I host a lot of parties at home.
Borosil Square Dish with Lid Set, 800ml, Set of 2
The glass bakewares are great multipurpose dishes, that I use very often for baking Brownies, Gratins, Lasagna's, Baked Pasta's and many more. Well, you can even serve your Indian Curries elegantly for parties.
The Grilled Vegetable Panini Recipe is a sandwich that makes a quick and healthy dinner. You could use a Panini bread or even a Baguette to make the sandwich. But I personally prefer the Panini Bread as it is soft and becomes crips only after the grilling process. Try this super delicious Panini Sandwich for a weeknight dinner. If you are conscious about the fat in cheese, you could omit the cheese and just serve it without it. It will taste just as good.
The Podalangai Poriyal Recipe is a very traditional South Indian Style dish, that is very healthy, nutrituous and quick to make. Podalangai also known as Snake Gourd, is a very nutritious vegetable that is used in the diet for many diseases as well as preventing a few diseases. At home I like to make this vegetable really simple, by just steaming it and seasoning it with a few condiments and finally tossed in coconut.
The Kadai Vegetable Sabzi Recipe is a quick and easy sabzi to make that has the goodness of a variety of vegetables adding colour, taste and nutrition to your weeknight dinner. This recipe I have steamed the vegetables a little but before tossing them on the kadai to make the sabzi. By doing this, we preserve nutrition and also helps in the faster cooking process.
The Kovakka Thoran (Poriyal) Recipe is an inspiration of the Kerala dish. The first time I had this style of preparation was when I was in 8th grade at a friends home. My friends mother had added, onions to the dish and lots more green chillies. This recipe is without the onions and you can server it either ways.
The Chow Chow Thoran (Poriyal) recipe is an inspiration of the Kerala dish where vegetables are prepared along with coconut, green chillies and a few spices. Its simple, healthy and a great way to incorporate vegetables in your diet that are is simply delicious. You can serve the Chow Chow Thoran along with Phulka’s or even a Bowl of Rice and Tomato Rasam.
The Dahi Bhalla Papdi (Puri) Chaat Recipe is a delicious recipe that is great when had as a tea time snack with friends and family. To make the Dahi Bhalla Papdi (Puri) Chaat Recipe, you have to have all the ingredients ready. Then assembling the dahi bhalla chat will be super easy.
I have shown in the ingredients that you need to have one recipe portion of each of them. If you are just making it for a family of 4 then that woud be too much. Having said that the dahi vada's and the papdi's can be had separately as well.
The Mixed Vegetable Pulav Recipe is an easy to cook dish for those busy weeknights. Pack the pulav with lots of steamed vegetables and serve this pulav with Lemony Moong Dal Tadka and a salad for dinner. You dinner with be ready in a jiffy and is nutritious too.
The Whole Wheat Pita Bread recipe is very similar to the process of making the regular Pita bread. With multiple experimentations, I have come to a half and half proportion of the flours. But if you feel the need to use only whole-wheat flour, then do go ahead and experiment. In my experience the 100% whole wheat pita bread is little more heavier that its half and half counterpart.
The Sandwich & Granola combo makes a wholesome snack or lunch box. I do make sure I make my own bread or buy the whole wheat multigrain loaf of bread from the store. Packing the sandwich with cheese and vegetables is a great way to get the nutrients in and at the same time the children get their energy from the carbohydrates. The granola bar is also packed with the goodness of fiber and lots of protein from the nuts making this lunch box healthy.
The Dal Makhani & Paratha combo is a favorite with the kids and they simply love to dip the parathas into the creamy dal. I most often also pack the box with some plain yogurt or curd rice to make the meal complete and making their lunch box filling and nutritious.
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