While contemporary and modular kitchens are slowly becoming popular in India, we still have a large percentage of transitional, country styled kitchens which carry the aura of being cosy and bring in a sense of comfort. While the rustic-styled Indian kitchens have open shelves, minimal kitchen appliances, and are usually characterised with a country chimney or exhaust fans than electric chimneys. Here are ideas that helps you organise small kitchens and Indian country kitchens with handy organisers. Clear up all the clutter that usually crowds the countertop of Indian kitchens with these tips, wall mount racks and countertop holders. Stay organised with every essential rack and holder that will reduce the clanking sounds while you pick an item in kitchen.

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Making cooking fun, interesting and easy add in a great value to the recipes cooked. Various kitchen appliances eases our work in kitchen by making everyday tasks simpler. While the Indian kitchens seldom had complicated equipments in everyday cooking, now we have gelled so well with these electronic appliances that a working kitchen without them would be challenging to operate. Here are 7 quintessential countertop appliances every Indian kitchen must have to help cooking in limited time and with a lot more variety in everyday cooking.

Cooking is a form of art. Foodies always search for innovative foods to try and traditional folks stick to what is passed on since generations. Both ways are perfectly fine! But how you cook what you cook becomes crucial and we often find ourselves faltering in method, or taste or both sometimes. What if you could cook with grace like a pro, every time you are in kitchen? Yes, we agree hands down that cooking is art that is mastered with time. But here are a few tips that will help you be the perfect home chef you always want to be. Take a look at 7 Chef's secrets that home cooks need to know.

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I need a cup of hot chocolate or a steaming hot cup of strong coffee to start my day. Many of us depend on a comfort beverage like coffee, tea, milk, and vegan milk or fruit juice to boost our energy and up our moods during the day. Few people find it difficult to cope a challenging day without a cup of the beverage they love. We all have it our minds to sip something freshly brewed when I want an external oomph to keep ourselves going. The beverage is all the while more important when we have a guest at home.

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Everyday cooking involves planning, prepping and execution. One task that is mostly never skipped every time we make food in kitchen is chopping vegetables, greens, fruits or meat. We need to be very well equipped with kitchen tools to efficiently perform prepping. Right tools to perform every part of prepping is a necessity to function smoothly.

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Any time is perfect time to have a fun day out with the family, but picnics during summers have got to be our favourite. The luscious green parks, the glorious sun, the chirping birds et al, make summers beautiful, and a season to look forward to. Picnics with family at this time are the most fun. The elders can choose to relax and get some much needed break, and the kids can play to their hearts' content.

But what makes picnics all the more exciting is a basket filled with lip smackingly delicious food!

Before you begin to cook vegetables, whether in the steamer or pressure cooker, it is essential to clean them thoroughly. Rinse the vegetables under running water. Wherever possible, avoid peeling off the skins, to retain maximum nutrients. And when eating peels, it is imperative to thoroughly scrub vegetables, especially root vegetables and spuds.

It is important that you cook the vegetables for as little time as you can to preserve nutrition. Although there are many different methods for cooking vegetables, I personally like the pressure cooker method as it is fast and also retains nutrition.

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Measuring ingredients are important as we all look out for perfection, in every new recipe we create. Though our mums and grandmas managed without any standard measurement and used “Andaz” in everyday cooking; in today's busy life the use of measures make it easier to cook without missing out on any ingredients. Measuring and laying out ingredients before you not only speeds the process but also gives you the confidence. Measuring ingredients becomes crucial when it comes to baking, as baking requires accurate measurements to get the best outcomes of cakes, brownies or breads.

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Dinnerware & Serveware is usually made of ceramic (chinaware) or stone. Collection of Dinnerware & Serveware in a home displays the artfulness and taste of the family. Ardent fans of these have a reserved space in the China Cabinet of the home. These Dinnerware & Serveware need minimum maintenance but is important that you handle them with care as they are susceptible to breakage. This article throws light on how to care for your crockery better, such that you could pass it on to the next generation, as family heirlooms.

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When a new house is being built or the old kitchen is being remodeled, we tend to browse a lot of kitchen designs to finalize how our kitchen would look. We also need to be aware of the kitchen ergonomics. Kitchen ergonomics is essentially keeping everything in the kitchen in a way which is easily accessible. This includes organizing the kitchen shelves and drawers orderly so that you need not clutter and disturb any other utensil, tool or container while you are looking for something. 

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The dining table is one of the most important rooms of the home where great conversations take place and where family gets together for different meals of the day.  As dining table is usually placed in between the house, it is very necessary to make it look organised and neat. When you have a family with children, most often you like to keep certain snacks handy for mid day snacking.

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Have you wished for shopping and waiting for good deals like we all Indians do?  Here’s a time come back for us to rejoice. The Great Indian Festival of Amazon is back with a bang to entice us with amazing deals to make the incredible products be available at unbelievable prices. It’s a time to move products from our wishlists to the buying cart.

Microwave oven is a common kitchen appliance found in most urban kitchens, majorly used to reheat the recipes. What if I told you that there are umpteen possibilities of easing your daily kitchen chores with the help of microwave oven? Apart from the easy and quick microwave recipes to cook, there are a few hacks and tricks which will help you ease your time in kitchen. A few processes like soaking, blanching, and proofing while preparing various recipes are time-consuming. A few procedures like dehusking, frothing, deskinning, making taco shells are tricky and need experience.

Who doesn’t love vacations and to get ready weeks before with required shopping of clothes, accessories, and packaged food to keep our holiday spirits high? Whether it is a trip of 2 days during a weekend or a long tour, we repeatedly think of our necessities during travel and make sure we do not run for supplies and comforts during last minute. Some of us, majorly ladies of the house have additional things to do while the family decides to go on vacation. These tasks are little different from the regular euphoria we get while we purchase things for the tour and stay. Women need to take care of the house, the kitchen garden, leftovers of the kitchen, perishable kitchen items like fresh vegetables and fruits, laundry, water and so many other things to think of.

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With more articles about how food is grown with more pesticides and fertilizers than required, majority of consumers are becoming aware and conscious of the ill-effects caused by over usage of chemicals to grow food. While some of us shell out more money to buy “so called” organically grown foods, statistics show that complete organic way of growing is still a distant possibility in India.

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Since ages, our ancestors have been cooking home-cooked food every day. In bigger cities with longer travel times to work and schools, all the time that is available at hand needs to be managed as efficiently as possible. Even if you are blessed with shorter travel time during mornings, an efficient time management in kitchen gives you ample time to get ready and do other household chores without pressure.

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Oils are a combination of various fatty acids and cooking oils are sourced from plants or animals. Unsaturated fatty acids which are termed as healthy fat, differ with each kind of cooking oil. Many of the Indian main course curries and sabzi require sautéing or cooking with oil. Appetizers and tea time snacks have a large category of deep fried recipes. Being cautious in selecting what to cook and how to cook - can actually reduce the amount of undesirable fat consumption to a minimum.

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Calorie management is the actuality that is achieved by being conscious about the sufficiency. Managing calories by managing what we consume needs to be a way of life to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Carbs in the form of sugars, starch, fats in the form of oils, cheese, butter, fatty acids, and proteins when combined with fats, shoot up our daily calorie intake which might lead to idle fats in the body.

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Art of serving is a necessary learning to be a successful cook. A few sprigs of herbs like coriander, thyme, rosemary or a lemon wedge gives an appetizing look to the delicious recipe that you have prepared. What if you could pick the freshest of some of these herbs directly from a pot in the balcony?

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Fridge is the most important appliance in our kitchen and we just can’t imagine our life without it. Have you ever imagined what our life would be without a refrigerator? When we set up our kitchen for the first time, the first thing comes to our mind is to buy a refrigerator.

Convection ovens are a boon to cook and bake along with reheat or defrost and multi-stage cooking. The convection oven also facilitates healthy baking for many recipes which would otherwise require more oil to shallow fry/deep fry. The inclusion of a fan at the back spreads heat inside the oven and helps in an even cooking.

While setting up a new kitchen, containers for storage of foods is of paramount importance. Choosing the right colour, quantity and material of these food storage containers becomes the key. Along with these parameters, the desirability to space save for smaller kitchens has to be kept in mind in choosing the containers and storage.

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Who doesn't love the first rains of the season? It always brings the shimmer of magic with it. The sight of raindrops falling on the ground after long summer is so beautiful and refreshing. The most beautiful part is the “Petrichor” the earthy scent of rain that first hits the fresh soil, which makes us poetic and romantic. All you love to do is sit in your small outdoor balcony and nestle up with a steaming adrak elaichi wali masala chai and a good book for company.

While I was watching this beautiful first rain scene is when it struck me why not celebrate it with family and friends and create memories to cherish forever? The best way to welcome monsoon is to dance in the rain but I thought of organising my small Monsoon tea party to greet my friends on a cosy, cold, lightning, dark romantic tea party evening that will fill the environment with joy and rain drops slightly touching along with the cold wind giving us the feeling of refreshment and delicious sips of hot coffee. Isn’t this a great idea to enjoy monsoons with food?

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We use our kitchen on a daily basis to cook food and sometimes we end up eating in the kitchen too. It is the place which should be germ-free and clean to maintain our hygiene because whatever we eat it is prepared there. When you have a clean kitchen, it not only helps you cook in peace, but enjoy the process of cooking too. 

Cleaning a kitchen, is as easy and it sounds. All you have to do is clean as you cook. There are a few simple things we can do everyday,  to keep our kitchen clean and tidy. Here are few easy hacks which you can use to keep your kitchen clean and germ-free. I hope you find these tips useful and do share your tips with us in the comments below.

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