We have come a long way from a vintage okhli to a vegetable chopper. Ever realised how our hectic schedule has led to the change in our today's kitchen slowly and steadily? Maybe not.
An Indian kitchen can be called the centre of our homes as this is where we go for everything -- for meals, for binging, for late night snacks, and for 'office ka dabba'.
While talking to Bhakti Chapalgaonkar, a Mumbai-based food expert, she explained how many gadgets played a big role in the evolution of an Indian kitchen. "I think a major milestone was when the choolha was replaced with a gas stove," she said. In her opinion, some kitchen gadgets "are no less than a gift for homemakers"'.
"After the gas stove, blenders simplified our lifestyle by helping us in making chutneys or gravy more easily. Blenders reduced the amount of hard work one had to put while cooking," she said. A soup maker is something that I personally endorse," Chapalgaonkar added.
A soup maker was invented to make soup but voila, it can be used to make sarson ka saag, date palm paste (khajur ki chutney), pav bhaji or can even churn out butter.
For those of you who are in office most of the day, this gadget will help you fix a meal quickly, which otherwise is time-consuming.
Steam cookers are also making their way into people's hearts rapidly. The new electric cooker has a strainer which not only helps in making simple dal Chawal but can make momos, modak, and dim sums.
Chapalgaonkar said, "Every household should have a steam cooker. You can just forget about the cooking after keeping your raw food inside it. It prepares your food in a few minutes."
Another new cooker which is gaining importance amongst the urban homemakers or new cooks is a multicooker. It is an electric and slow cooker.
Rotis - yes! There are gadgets to make those 'round chapatis' as well.
"Rotimatic, a system to make chapatis, was a big flop in India. But it is a big hit amongst Indians living abroad," said Chapalgaonkar.
So we can safely say that gadgets not only changed the look of our kitchen but changed the lives of the people who cook, especially women. New appliances have made everyone's lives easier, no?