Yes, I admit it, the UK demonstration for the Thermomix is doesn’t resonate immediately to the Indian palate. But what it does do it shows you all the functions of the Thermomix and with a little bit of imagination, one can quickly see how these functions and recipes can be easily adapted to the Indian home.
I’m from India, which is one of the oldest and richest food cultures in the world. Indian cuisine is well known for being one of the world’s spiciest, influential, diverse and unique. As Indians differ from one another by religion, region, state, language and caste, our cuisine varies so much that we have positioned ourselves as one of world’s most diverse. The beauty of being an Indian living abroad is having both a great appreciation for different Indian cuisines, and a palate that enjoys all gastronomies.
Now, I am not typically Indian. Having been born in India, I lived abroad most of my life and am now settled in London, married with kids to my Polish husband (we could be spies in another life). But I am pukka Indian. My household, despite my location and marriage is run like my mother’s. We eat Indian cuisines at least 3-4 times and I cook enough to feed any visiting friend, neighbour or distant ‘aunty’ coming to visit the capital and always have enough food on hand for afternoon tea. My 7-year old daughter’s favourite food is butter chicken, rice and gobi aloo while my 4-year old son’s is masala dosas with coconut chutney. We laugh that he will need to marry an Indian girl or take our housekeeper, Anitha, with him when he eventually gets married as he eats more chapattis and paratha’s in a week than an adult.
We use the Thermomix for traditional Indian meals but still create those intensified flavours, with speedy preparation, consistently excellent results, while the cooking and stirring is done for you, meaning less washing up and more time for other things, like relaxing after helping with homework or readying a book! What’s even better, with the cost savings on a daily and weekly basis, we are able to save the extra pennies & pounds for that trip back to India.
So here are my top 20 reasons why a Thermomix is useful in an Indian household.
Chapatti Dough – save 15 to 20 minutes of mixing and kneading time – many Indians make these every day – weighed, mixed and kneaded for you in 2 minutes
Rice – plain basmati, jeera rice steamed with cumin and ghee (clarified butter) – perfect steamed rice every time
Garlic & Ginger paste – peel and mince garlic in seconds
Garam Masala/grinding spices – fast, excellent results, can grind even the hardest of spices perfectly
Tamarind – can be prepared in just a few minutes instead of having to plan ahead and soak for several hours, perfect result every time
Coriander & Chilli Paste – stunning blending, basic technique, versatile ingredient, means you don’t have to have fresh coriander and fresh green chillies available all the time and can therefore spontaneously decide to cook Indian food
Balti Paste/Tikka Paste – roasting & grinding spices (wet and dry grinding/ blending), cooking and stirring done for you, easy to make and have on hand
Fresh Coconut Chutney – mincing coconut with all other ingredients for an excellent fresh chutney in seconds
Lime Chutney – an hour’s worth of chopping in less than a minute, all the cooking done in one TM bowl with no mess, excellent flavour
Yoghurt – easy to make at home with TM, fresh, delicious, can easily do greekstyle, save money on every batch Main course
Dahl – no sticking on the bottom of the pan, all the stirring done for you
Khadi – the importance of yogurt in Indian cooking (especially for vegetarians), no splitting, fast and easy preparation, cooked all in one TM bowl with the stirring done for you
Paneer – perfect and very easy, temperature control for heating the milk, save money
Dokra/ Dokla – savoury cake mixed in seconds, steamed perfectly in the Varoma
Dosa/ Idli batter – weigh, soak, grind all the ingredients in one bowl and allow torise, pour out of the same bowl after fermenting. You can even steam the idli in the Varoma while making Sambhar.
Samosas – mincing ingredients (vegetables and/or meat), easy samosa pastry dough
Lamb Kebabs – mincing lamb for better flavour, crumbing, kneading
Curries – grind and roast spices , add meat or vegetables and walk away. Let the Thermomix stir and cook the dish for you.
Sorbet and Kulfi – both are fast and easy with Thermomix
Carrot Halva – chop carrots, save time – cooking and reducing with all the stirring done for you!
Gulab Jamuns – mix and knead dough, cook syrup, save money, reduce effort
Cardamom Cake – seeds out of pods on reverse blade, grinding cardamom with sugar, mixing cake in a few seconds, wonderful flavour
And much, much more!