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Old 21.10.2011, 12:34
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Re: Got to be an easier way: recommended gadgets for Indian cooking

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it's a bit annoying to peel all the garlic
I have a trick for that - get the same gadget that I recommended. give unpeeled galric cloves (not the whole bulb, just gloves) a couple of whacks. and simply pick out the peels - those usually stay in one piece. Also works with onions.
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Old 21.10.2011, 16:37
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I do this to and confirm the technique being used in a couple of restaurants i've visited, so consider it a pro tip!
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Old 21.10.2011, 16:50
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We are Indians, and we use this

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Re: Got to be an easier way: recommended gadgets for Indian cooking

I also use a hand blender (stabmixer). Does the job perfectly. To whoever talked about bruising the ginger - it's meant to be this way. Particularly Bangladeshi food is built on ginger/garlic/onion pastes and that's the food us Brits are most used to anyway

Personally I prefer the stabmixer itself rather than the little blender thing - easier to clean and also to get the stuff out of.

Edit - Sankbhat - that's exactly the one I use!
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This one is the all in all in Indian kitchen.

This blender comes with three different size jars.. Small ones are perfect to grind small quantity of spices like ginger,garlic,chilli pastes,chutney and dry masala as well.

Medium sized ones are useful to wet grinding, and bigger ones can be used to make juice and milk shakes...

This product is available in Indian store as well as Srilankan store..
Don't personally like these as they're a pain to both get clean and to get the purreed stuff out of

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I have a trick for that - get the same gadget that I recommended. give unpeeled galric cloves (not the whole bulb, just gloves) a couple of whacks. and simply pick out the peels - those usually stay in one piece. Also works with onions.
Rather than "bash" just press down with the flat side of a decently large knife.
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Old 21.10.2011, 16:56
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Re: Got to be an easier way: recommended gadgets for Indian cooking

Not for the paste, but for a lot of other things, we have this in the kitchen

Especially for the dough, which is an essential part of any (North) Indian meal - rotis, naans, parathas, puris...
And can be a pain to do by hand
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Old 21.10.2011, 17:27
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I've been using this method for years and it's a bit annoying to peel all the garlic, but I try and rope my husband into helping out
If you don't have one of these get one ASAP! It's rubbery tube. I think it's silicone actually. You up the garlic in it and then push down & roll it. The skins come right off.



(I don't know anything about this website, I just picked the photo that best showed what I'm talking about.)


ETA: Stabmixer. LOL. Is that a real term? It's not that dangerous!
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Re: Got to be an easier way: recommended gadgets for Indian cooking

Could you give me the brand name and model number, and how much it cost.

I would love to have one for making bread/chappati dough

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Not for the paste, but for a lot of other things, we have this in the kitchen

Especially for the dough, which is an essential part of any (North) Indian meal - rotis, naans, parathas, puris...
And can be a pain to do by hand
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Could you give me the brand name and model number, and how much it cost.

I would love to have one for making bread/chappati dough
My wife swears by Braun, This is a K3000

http://www.google.ch/search?q=braun+...w=1062&bih=548
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We are Indians, and we use this

You have a link to that?
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If you don't already have one, get a microplane grater. Like a bajillion tiny razors, make grating difficult stuff a snap. There are of course garlic presses for garlic, though my chef friends would slap me if they knew I suggested that.
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Late to the party, but had to 2nd the microplane recommendation. We've had 2 for over 5 years, the ping-pong paddle-like one and the long, skinny one. They've never dulled & we've used interchangeably for garlic, nutmeg, pasta cheese, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and on and on and on. I seem to recall they were brought into being by a housewife who kept borrowing her hobbyist husband's woodworking tools...
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I wouldn't mince anyting. I would learn to use a sharp knife. All the flavour is in the juice. Garlic can be grated with the fine grater, but not ginger. Believe it or not, you can bruise food.

Some things are suitable to a bashing in the M&P but certainly not ginger.

Sharp knife, learn to slice, dice and chop.
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Bad cook here... I don't "paste" them, I just rough chop the garlic and fine dice the ginger. I know it's not proper but I am usually just making for hubby and I and I LIKE big pieces of garlic.
See, it depends if you want garlic as a mere flavour or an active ingredient.

Here's a vid on how to peel garlic in seconds, using two bowls:

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