There are many processes to cook food and it varies from region to region and also from vegetarian food to non-vegetarian food. In Indian subcontinent people mostly prefer frying (deep frying, sauteing, tempering etc), steaming and boiling to cook. Whereas in western countries people prefer baking, sauteing, boiling etc. But there are some functions which are common in both cases to make delicious food. These are mixing, grinding, blending, blending, juicing, grating, pureeing. You need mixer grinder (or food processor for more sophisticated and advanced functions) to perform such functions. What are the functions of mixer grinder do you actually need?
Functions of mixer grinder
It is a common grinding process in any kitchen. Most people need this function to grind dry spices like cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, red chilli, black pepper etc.
This is another important function for cooking to perform. Most of the cases any raw spice (not dried) or something where we need water to grind any spice, there we actually perform wet grinding. So to make the ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli paste we need to do the wet grinding.
For two or more numbers of spices in same physical condition (either all solid or all liquid ), we actually do mix. Mixing is possible in low power rating appliance. We often do this task with mixer grinder. It needs to make a mocktail drink, mixed spices etc.
Blending needs to do when we want to mix two or more ingredients together so that all those ingredients lose their own physical characteristics and become uniform. Blending is done in a mixer grinder with high power & less sharp blades. eg. blending cornstarch in water.
Normally grating function is available in a high-end mixer grinder or you need a food processor to grate something. So if you have low priced mixer grinder with less feature then you may not have this function in your appliance.
Juicing is a specific function and generally does not come with a low priced mixer grinder. It needs separate attachment to use with the motor. In such case, it is called JMG (juicer mixer grinder).
Puree means smooth crushed fruits or vegetables. But it is difficult to differentiate between puree and paste of vegetable or fruit by a wet grinding process. Is it? What do you think? What do you think about puree and paste? Any difference? I also have little doubt but what I understand is that mostly ‘puree’ is used to explain the paste of some fruit or vegetable what is cooked by means of boiling or frying or baking. Ohh, again I made this confusing., haha.
Those are all major functions of a mixer grinder. So let us know which functions are not available in your mixer grinder.
Food hour: Okay now let’s have some tasty and healthy food – soft and delicious idli, plain dosa with coconut chutney, try something different like usal pav, healthy food poha, tasty and easy to make food upma etc.