We realize that sometimes the biggest challenge with Indian cooking is buying the tools & ingredients. But once you have your kitchen stocked, it’s quite simple! We’ve included a resource list below with links to grocery and kitchen items you can find online.

Whole Spices


Grains and Flours


  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot: A slow cooker is perfect for cooking legumes, lentils, and curries, and it makes the job so much easier.

  • Pressure Cooker: Unlike a slow cooker, a pressure cooker cooks dishes fast! It’s perfect for legumes, lentils, curries, and even rice. Using a pressure cooker does take some practice, but it can save a lot of time in the long run!

  • Vitamix: We use the Vitamix as a blender and food processor for many recipes, including chutneys, smoothies, date ladoos, and more!

  • Cast-Iron Tongs: Cast-iron tongs come in handy for flipping/turning flatbreads like rotis and parathas.

  • Pestle and Mortar: Pestles and mortars are great for crushing whole spices such as cardamom, ginger, and cumin. They’re nothing fancy, but they’re super effective.

  • Cast-Iron Skillet or Tava: A cast-iron skillet is the best tool for cooking flatbreads such as rotis, cheelas, and parathas. You can use any conventional cast-iron skillet or purchase a special tava made specifically for Indian cooking.

  • Tadka Pan: A tadka pan is a cast-iron pan used for creating oil-based sauces or “tadka” to add to curries and lentils. A small saucepan would be a good substitute.

  • Rolling Pin: You are bound to find a rolling pin in every North Indian household. It’s a necessity for rolling flatbreads like naan, rotis, and parathas.