Top 20 Must–Have Ingredients in Indian Kitchen

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We all have certain ingredients in our kitchen that we use on a regular basis. We can always stock it and use it whenever needed. You needn’t search for the item when you have a well-stocked kitchen. Now let me take you through some of the must-have ingredients that you must have in your kitchen.

1 Salt

Salt is an essential ingredient that is found in every kitchen. Though it is recommended that excess salt is not good for health, a food without the required salt will obviously will not be tasty.

salt

2 Black Pepper

Black pepper is a very effective ingredient and once in a while when you feel like having a really effective food that relaxes you, then it will highly useful. They have high medicinal properties too.

Black Pepper

3 Oils

Cooking oils contain fat that help our body to be nourished. Our food will also be delicious when using these oils. One can use coconut oil, vegetable oil, sesame oil, gingelly oil or palm oil according to his/her taste.

Oils

4 Bread

Good breads are really tasteful and it is always good to have them in your fridge. Whenever you need you can apply jam or roast them for eating.

Bread

5 Potatoes

Potatoes will stay in your kitchen for a long time and they needn’t be placed in the fridge. All you have to do is to store them in a well-ventilated place and use them occasionally.

Potatoes

6 Coffee Powder

Coffee is a favorite of many and they need it at least once a day. A well-stocked kitchen will also have coffee powder. You can store in an air-tight container.

Coffee Powder

7 Tea Powder

Tea is also an essential ingredient in your kitchen. There are variants of tea like green lea, lemon tea and black tea and you can have any of them whenever you need .

Tea Powder

8 Fast vegetables like cucumber, carrot

It is always good to have vegetables including cucumber carrot etc. in your kitchen. You can have them fresh.

Fast vegetables like cucumber, carrot

9 Red Chillies/ Green Chillies

Red chillies and green chillies are used to give the spiciness that chilli powder doesn’t give. They have their unique taste. While some may prefer green chillies for their food items, some may prefer red chillies.

Red Chillies Green Chillies

10 Asafoetida

Asafoetida is a highly healthy ingredient and you can even add it in curries, sambhar, rasam, etc. It gives you a satisfactory feeling.

Asafoetida

11 Garam Masala

We all wish to make vegetable biryani once in a while though we are satisfied with the usual routine of sambhar, rasam, roti, dosa, idli during the other days. In some houses, making of a biryani is considered to have special significance since several vegetables are added to it. A tinge of good garam masala will give a great flavor to it.

Garam Masala

12 Batter

In most of the South Indian homes, dosa and idli are a regular food and hence it is always better to have dosa/idli batter stored in your fridge.

Pancake batter and whisk in mixing bowl

13 Sugar

Sugar is a necessity in most of the Indian homes and it can be added to the daily ritual of tea, coffee or milk. Sometimes when you are planning to make some sudden sweet also, you can use it.

Sugar

14 Tomatoes

Tomatoes come in handy when you are preparing rasam, chutney, sauce, pickle etc. It is always best to keep them stocked in your kitchen.

Tomatoes

15 Onion

Whether it is for the curries or for the raitha or for chutney, onions are a great ingredient to be kept in the kitchen. There is no need to keep them in the fridge but ensure that you keep them in a well – ventilated space.

Onion

16 Rice

In a rice-eating country like India, it is always best to store a good amount of rice because you are using it in a regular basis.

Bowl with cooked white Jasmine rice

17 Garlic

Garlic is a highly essential ingredient in most of the kitchens. You can store it in a well-ventilated container, preferably in a dark place. It is good if you store them in a basket too. Just ensure that they don’t become too old.

Garlic

18 Cumin

It is always good to buy a comprehensive set of spices but cumin is a must-have for the earthy factor in the dishes that you cook.

Cumin

19 Milk

Milk is a necessary element in your kitchen because you use it for prepared tea, coffee, or for any other essential thing.

Milk

20 Fresh Ginger

Ginger is always a must-have in the kitchen. You can store in your refrigerator and can even prepare ginger tea.

Fresh Ginger

Anything that is good and fresh should be in your kitchen always. It definitely pays to keep these things when you have to have a quick food or not stress yourself in buying these must-have ingredients daily.