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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… 

Ghee 

Salted butter 

Vegetable oil 

Kewra water 

Rose water 

Ketchup 

Tamarind sauce…can be tricky to find in mainstream :-/ 

Spices… 

Garam masala (lots)…mines homemade but the stuff from a shop is just fine. 

Salt 

Coriander seeds 

 Cumin seeds 

Fennel seeds 

Cinnamon sticks 

Whole cloves 

Cardamom pods…green and black 

Huldi… turmeric 

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 

Moong 

Sholay.. also called Channa, chick peas 

Rajma.. red kidney beans 

Frozen… 

Peas 

Roti…chapattis bought in packets 

Pitta bread 

Sometimes I freeze fresh stuff as a back up…
Green chillies 

Ginger 

Coriander 

Flours… 

Besan… chickpea flour 

Plain 

Self raising 

Roti atta… chapatti flour 

Mukki atta… corn meal 

Semolina 

Tinned… 

Tomatoes…chopped or plum 

Chickpeas 

Rajma …red kidney beans in water 

Baked beans 

Fresh… 

Onions 

Ginger 

Green chillies 

Garlic 

Tomatoes 

Potatoes 

Coriander.. normally living plants 

Lemon 

 
Proper pickles… 

Chillies in oil 

Mango in oil 

Jhaiji’s homemade lemon, ginger and chillie pickle 

Anything else I can find! 

Different kinds of cheeses… 

Equipment… 

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!

Enjoy!

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