An Indian Abroad : The hungry student’s packing list.

If the name of my blog isn’t a big enough hint, let me tell you that I am the nerdiest food lover you will ever meet. I try weird food subscriptions, substitutions and recipes – all to please the palate.

Since I was moving to the United States, I really had to get realistic about the various spices, tools and kitchen equipment I had acquired over the years. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) Some stuff just wouldn’t work here since the power requirements were different, and I had to adjust my cooking style to fit a tiny kitchen, where clean up would be my job too. Hello shortcuts and one-bowl dishes!

In retrospect, maybe I should’ve carried a few things here, and left a few out. I guess a list would be helpful to a future student coming to the US and save him/her a lot of time and anguish.

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An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list.

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A Flat pan or Griddle

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | A Flat pan or Griddle

For pancakes, roti and paratha.

I rarely make roti at home, since I buy the frozen packs from haldiram's - but you still need this to reheat them and make them taste right.

2

Besan

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Besan

Gram Flour - really important for cheela making and kadhi

3

Chilli Powder

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Chilli Powder

I've found that the chilli powder here isn't as fiery as the one back home.

4

Haldi

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Haldi

Obviously.

Use it for face packs, haldi doodh, and for flavouring food.

5

Hing

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Hing

Important for tempering dals, kadhi etc.

6

Kadhai

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Kadhai

Get a nice, non-stick one with a lid.

You will use it for maggi, sabzi and chicken.

7

Pressure Cooker

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Pressure Cooker

Saves a hell lot of time. Can cook rice (pulao, biryani, plain), dal, chole, khichdi.... the list is endless.

Ask mom for a demo.

8

Salt Pepper Sugar

Jul 20, 2016

Just enough to tide you until you go for your first grocery shopping.

9

Toor Dal

Jul 20, 2016
An Indian Abroad : The hungry student's packing list. | Toor Dal

The easiest dal to make. I make this ahead and freeze if I don't plan on eating it. With rice, it is the easiest and healthiest meal I can think of.

 

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