Food processors are often lauded by many homeowners as one of the most versatile kitchen appliances in the market. From dicing to creating feasts, it can do almost anything. You also get quite a lot of accessories and attachments to help you make your favorite meals. With this in mind, you do not have to get kitchen appliances that can only do one specific task. It also saves you a lot of kitchen space because you only need one appliance for anything you need in the kitchen.
But, what exactly can you do with a food processor if you will use it for an Indian kitchen? Quite a lot! Even professional Indian chefs use food processors to help them create a large amount of food in a short period of time.
Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas we came up for you to try in your kitchen.
1. Churn Homemade Butter
Butter is a major ingredient to some of India’s favorite dishes, like chicken makhani. However, churning cream to butter takes a lot of muscle power to get the right consistency. If you want to cheat, you can use ready-made butter. But, the problem with ready-made butter is the taste. It may not have the taste or consistency you are looking for. Some may even contain ingredients that can ruin your dish.
To make homemade butter with a food processor, place the ingredients in the machine and let it process for 2 minutes. Once it is done, you will get some fresh and homemade butter without using your arms.
2. Grinding Meat for Meatballs and Kebabs
If you want to make kebabs or meatballs, you can buy ground meat in the butcher shop. However, there is a risk in doing this because it is possible you will get stock meat instead of fresh meat. It may also not be cleaned very well. To bypass this, you can get a meat grinder and mince your favorite meats for kebabs and meatballs.
But, you can also do this with a food processor. You can even let the processor mix the ingredients together. Once it is done, you can simply scoop up the mixture and roll it to make a meatball or a kebab. You can even use tough meats like lamb or beef for your kebab.
3. Making Atta Dough
If you want to make Parathas or Chapatis, making the dough from whole wheat flour would take ages to become smooth and supple. You have to keep kneading it to get the right texture and consistency. It may take an hour or so to get it to work. The problem with this is that you may end up having to add more water or flour, which can affect the final product once it is baked.
If you want to bypass this problem, you can simply knead the dough with your food processor. Place 2 cups of whole wheat flour and your add-ons before activating pulse to mix the flour and addons together. Once that is done, press Speed 1 and pour the water down the food chute. The flour will slowly solidify into crumbs and slowly become a dough.
Aside from atta dough for parathas and chapatis, you can also make corn masa for tamales, bread dough, tortilla dough and roti with your food processor. Remember to use the paddle attachment before you activate your processor to make dough. You can also knead the dough after it is processed to ensure you got the right dough consistency.
4. Making Chutney
For those who would like to make chutney, you can do so using a food processor. You only have to put the water through the chute and the ingredients you want and let the processor work its magic. Just make sure to check how much you want to make because your processor’s capacity may not be enough for your intended serving.
5. Chopping Ingredients
The very basic benefit of having a food processor is the efficiency it does when chopping ingredients. This is perfect if you want to prepare curry masala or spinach for Saag Paneer.
6. Create Sauces
A lot of Indian dishes often have sauces, especially ones with blended onions and tomatoes as a base. To get the right mixture, you can drop the onions and tomatoes in your food processor and let it blend the ingredients together. You can also add garlic on the mixture to give it a richer taste.
8. Create Curry Paste
If you will be making curry, the curry paste must be prepared correctly. To make one, put onions, ginger, garlic and tomato in your food processor and puree it. You can also add your favorite spices as the base is being pureed.
9. Make Soups
Indian soups are very rich in flavor and you would be surprised how easy it is to make. You can blend lentils or beans and add your favorite spices.
10. Making Garam Masala Spice
Garam Masala is an important spice for many Indian foods. It is often added to dishes as a topping.
To create garam masala, toast coriander, cumin, cardamom seeds and fennel with nutmeg, peppercorns and cloves. Add some chili powder to give it a little kick and toast everything under low heat. Once it is toasted, transfer the ingredients to your food processor and blend it until it is smooth. Use a blade grinder for a better mix.
Indian cuisine is known for its variety and flavors. However, we often find it difficult to prepare due to the preparation time needed for the ingredients. With a food processor, you do not have to worry about preparing the ingredients. It will cut down the time you need to prepare and even help you mix them all together.
The examples we listed above are just some of the things you can make with your food processor. There are a lot more Indian cuisine that will benefit from a food processor. If you want to share your own recipes, comment below!