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Beginner's guide to setup a kitchen

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Cooking is my hobby. I never cooked on a daily basis. I would cook a special dish on a Sunday with my parents. All shopping was done by my parents until I had to setup my own kitchen. Parents are so right when they tell us to learn everything before we stay by ourselves and we always learn it the hard way.

Setting up my kitchen was a difficult task for me. Every time I made a list and went for shopping, I would miss out on so many things. It literally ended up not cooking what I want but cooking with available ingredients. 

How many of you face this problem? You go to a grocery store and know that something is missing from your shopping list, and you end up remembering it only when you reach home.

So, I have a solution for you:

Below is a "MASTER LIST" for your kitchen.

You can use this list as a beginner or you can also use it as your checklist for your day to day grocery shopping.

Points to remember:
  • Setup your kitchen incrementally : It is difficult to plan and shop everything you need as once. As you continue cooking and spend more time in your kitchen, you'll have a better idea about things you need to shop.
  • Plan you kitchen space wisely: Shop according to your kitchen space. Plan accordingly on what you have to buy and how it has to be arranged.
The list consists of the basic requirements in an Indian kitchen for 1-2 people and the quantity mentioned is an approximate. You can buy things according to your needs.

Grocery shopping

If you are a newbie at cooking, then it becomes difficult to decide on what you need. Here is a list to help you out.

Perishable items : Can be bought every day or once a week depending on your requirement. 
"Fresh the better".
  • Milk
  • Curd
  • Bread
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Green chilly
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Coriander leaves
  • Curry leaves
  • Any other vegetables
  • You can buy ready made dosa/idli dough which is easily available locally

Perishable items : Can be bought and stored for a few days
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Tea powder
  • Coffee powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Jeera/cumin powder
  • Chilly powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Garam masala powder
  • Mustard
  • Methi seeds
  • Coriander seeds
  • Jeera/cumin seeds
  • Dry red chillies
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Star anise
  • Nutmeg
  • Toor dal
  • Chana dal
  • Pepper
  • Besan
  • Sambhar powder
  • Rasam powder
  • Any other masala powders if required

Utensils required: This is usually a one time buy. As you continue cooking, you'll know what more would you require and buy accordingly. Below mentioned list is enough to begin with. 
  • Gas stove
  • Gas cylinder
  • Vessels (for heating milk, water, making coffee/tea)
  • Aluminum/Hindalium vessels
  • Frying pan non-stick for dosa
  • Tawa (for chapathi)
  • Kadai/Wok
  • Tong
  • Big bowls (for washing vegetables/rice)
  • Small bowls (for serving)
  • Dinner plates
  • Half plates
  • Tadka/ pan
  • Serving spoons
  • Teaspoons
  • Tablespoons
  • Glasses / Tumblers
  • Cups and saucers
  • Casserole
  • Pressure cooker (min. 3 lts)
  • Idli maker/Steamer
  • Chopping knives
  • Chopping board
  • Cutlery set
  • Strainer
  • Grater
  • Peeler
  • Chapathi making board and rolling pin
  • Scissors
Comment below let me know what do you think about this list and if I have missed anything.
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