Contrary to popular belief this is not the same as a Batchelor’s Kitchen! The Lazy Man’s Kitchen means you can always create something tasty at a moments notice!!
It is a cleverly stocked one that negates the need to keep popping out when famished!
There are a few things that I always have in my kitchen, hence cooking never seems a big deal. The thing that quite often puts me off cooking from recipes is that it will inevitably involve shopping for ingredients… quite often to be never used again!
Hence this list of essentials for my creations… it started off quite small… I never realised I had so much, oops!
I’ve tried to categorise it… in my own style 🙂
(I’ve tried to use proper names where I can, with translations… My recipes use both!
Wet n oily stuff…
Tamarind sauce…can be tricky to find in mainstream
Garam masala (lots)…mines homemade but the stuff from a shop is just fine.
Cardamom pods…green and black
Kalonji …onion seeds
Um choor… dried green mango powder. Also called amchoor
Red chillie flakes
Pulses n stuff…
Rice…basmati if possible
Masoor …red lentils
Yellow split peas
Sholay.. also called Channa, chick peas
Rajma.. red kidney beans
Roti…chapattis bought in packets
Sometimes I freeze fresh stuff as a back up…
Besan… chickpea flour
Roti atta… chapatti flour
Mukki atta… corn meal
Tomatoes…chopped or plum
Rajma …red kidney beans in water
Coriander.. normally living plants
Chillies in oil
Mango in oil
Jhaiji’s homemade lemon, ginger and chillie pickle
Anything else I can find!
Different kinds of cheeses…
To be honest, don’t go out and buy stuff unless you are going to use it… make do where you can!
What I do have is…
Range of pans
Sharp knives… and I mean sharp! Make sure you get a sharpener and use it!
A good quality peeler
Large spoons for stirring!
This by no means is all I have in my kitchen, but it allows me to cook a vast majority of what I’ll blog!
What to do next…
Cook, experiment, improvise, make mistakes but most of all have FUN!