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This Week in Indian Kitchen

This week in Indian kitchen images ~ It’s Mandoline, Coconut Scraper, Idly stand, Tongs(Idukki, Pattakara), Idiyappam wood mold, Spice box and stainless steel Ghee holder.

Nupur's MandolineFrom Nupur of One Hot Stove kitchen, comes this beautiful image of Mandoline or vegetable slicer. Low in price but a very handy tool in kitchen to cut, slice and to shred vegetables. Allure of home made potato chips is what made this tool, a must have thing in all our kitchens, I think.

Indian Coconut ScraperLera of Myriad Tastes sent me these two beautiful images via email. Coconut scraper to shred coconut from fresh coconut and idly stand to make idlis.

Idly Stand

Making Idlis using Idly stand Shammi of Food In The Main showed us in beautiful images, how she makes idlies using the idly mould.

Indian Tongs (Idukki, Pattakara) Mika from The Green Jackfruit sent this beautiful image of ‘Tongs(Idukki or Pattakara), a must have thing in an Indian kitchen to hold different kinds of hot vessels and also to prevent burnt hands. Very useful indeed.

Idiyappam Wooden Mold, with Idiyappam , Spice Box with Glass Lid, Ghee Holder and with spoon Priya from Arkansas sent me via email, these beautiful images of Idiyappam wood mold and idiyappam batter(white dough), Spice box with a glass lid for holding various spices in one neat container and a traditional Indian stainless steel ghee holder.

Thank you Nupur, Lera, Shammi, Mika and Priya for sending these gorgeous images for “Indian Kitchen“.

I want to do this but with the current settings and features I have on my web site, it’s not going to work as I thought of doing. So I would keep the idea of creating an online ‘Indian glossary in images’ on hold, for a while. Currently I am working to make a detailed categories and subcategories in a new section on this website. When I complete my work on this, I will start asking for your help and participation again for ‘Indian Kitchen’.

You all have shown lot of enthusiasm in this project, I really appreciate your time and input. Thank you!

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Indian Kitchen (Monday November 21, 2005 at 10:15 am- permalink)
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  1. i remember my grandmother making idlies for us, that was a very big idli patharam ( idli cooker ) and they use a piece of wet white cloth on each idli plate and then pour the batter on those moulds. I still wonder why they do that. gr8 pics shammi . And all these are found in every south indian kitchen .

    Comment by priya, ar — November 21, 2005 @ 12:43 pm

  2. Hey Indira- I had visitors yesterday and hence did could not post. My Indian tool is up at

    My other two ideas of coconut scraper and idli vessels are already taken, I see.

    Comment by mika — November 21, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

  3. so… where can I buy a coconut scraper? I own one now (I lived in Sri Lanka for 3 years… got it there) – but I am worried about the time when the one I have no longer works.


    Comment by anne — November 21, 2005 @ 6:11 pm

  4. Hi Indira,
    Are you still accepting pictures of the tools? If you are, can I send you one?


    Comment by Anonymous — November 22, 2005 @ 10:11 am

  5. Hi Anne..Indian appliance shops in big cities of US carry this coconut scrapper. Or South India.

    FL.. Send it anyway. I will add your picture to this post. But I want a name and where are you from or your website along with the picture. Thanks.

    Comment by Indira — November 22, 2005 @ 10:17 am

  6. Indira, Are you worried that these pictures are eating away the memory space available? If that is the problem, then I might have a solution for that. I don’t upload any of the images into blogger. I created an account in and uploaded my images. There’s an url for every image you upload.
    When you include the following code
    , the images are displayed in your blog.
    Let me know if you need more details.

    Indira says…
    Hi Kay, I am little bit worrried about it but my main problem is how to organise all these photos on my website. If I continue with this project, I am sure that I am going to receive atleast hundreds of images every week. . Instead of asking everyone, I am thinking of doing this project – creating an online Indian glossary in images, on my own so that the images will be more uniform in shape, size and appearance. I am still figuring it out.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Comment by Kay — November 24, 2005 @ 4:16 pm

  7. Hi Indira & Lera,
    The coconut scraper is the coolest kitchen gadget I’ve seen in a while. If we had more fresh coconuts, I’d most certainly look out for one – your weekly glimpse into Indian kitchens is a great idea!

    Indira says…
    Hello Oliver, what a surprise to see one of my favorite blogger here.
    Yes, coconut scraper is really great to grate the fresh coconut.
    Because, I couldn’t figure out how to organise the photos, I just put a hold on my dream project – creating an online Indian glossary in images.

    Comment by Oliver — November 25, 2005 @ 1:37 am

  8. That makes sense. If you need picture of another type of Idiyappam maker (This one is a different type with a different process for Idiyappam), give me a shout. I’ll send you a picture.

    Comment by Kay — November 28, 2005 @ 11:36 am

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