Evolution of the humble ‘mixi’

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Evolution of the humble ‘mixi’

Before the invention of mixi people used to blend and grind their food with their hands

Evolution of the humble ‘mixi’

With the passage of time, everything is changing and technology has a big role in supporting the evolution of modernisation. Starting with the manual grinding machine, we now get unique machines that can grind even the finest of spices.

The kitchen has always been the main part of our homes, where delicious food and memories are cooked. So let's recall the memory of mixer grinder, whose main function is to grind, mix and blend the product finely. It is one of the easiest, fastest and most commonly used kitchen gadgets.

Before the invention of mixi, people used to blend and grind their food with their hands. The food product used to be flattened against a rough surface with small and heavy log type shaped utensils. This used to be known as ‘sil batta’ and it is still in use to give an authentic and traditional touch to food. Generally, ginger, garlic, chillies are grinded by this product for adding flavour to different food items. Green chutney is one of those tasty items, which is prepared on ‘sil batta’.

Okhli and imam dasta are also ancient utensils in which spices are grinded finely and turned into powdery form. Red chillies, garlic, dried chillies, onion, ginger, cardamom and a lot of other spices are transformed into powder with this utensil.

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These utensils required time and effort, but with time, machines made our work easier and the invention of mixi took place by American Rufus Eastman in 1885. It was the first mixi with an electric motor in it and had a rotating blade and a cup to cover it from the top.

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The first electric standing machine was invented in 1908 by Herbert Johnson. The invention of this machine was taken by a baker mixing bread dough with a metal spoon.

Gradually with time, the mixer grinder came up with a unique kind of blade and cup to sit on the same motor and to provide a good service. Nowadays, mixer grinders can also work in the place of blenders.
The first mixi made in India was Sumit mixi, created by Satya Prakash. Prakash was once asked by his wife to repair a Braun mixi. He examined the mixi and he quickly realised that the foreign mixies were not suitable for the rough and tough Indian cooking needs.

In 1963, Satya Prakash Mathur started a company called ‘Power Control and  Appliances Company’ with four other employees. With hard work and dedication in 1965, they prepared a beautiful design of a workable small electric motor for the mixi. In 1970, they decided to design a single jar for dry and wet grinding.

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After the death of Sumit mixi’s founder, the company started declining and design was copied by many other companies. In today's world, mixi is an essential gadget. It is not only providing us finely grinded vegetables and masala for dishes but also a combination of other services. You can buy a mixi grinder which can also become a juicer by just changing its cup and blades.

Free size varieties of blades are available in the market which can easily fit in your gadget and can produce the desired result such as finely, thick or normal grinded masala. Now, mixi is completely operated by technology which comes with super fine blades and very little sound.

With the help of a modern mixer grinder, we can easily prepare pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, cakes, chutneys, batter for vada, dosa and a lot more.