Essential Indian Cooking: Tools for the perfect flatbreads, fritters and curries

Essential Indian Cooking: Tools for the perfect flatbreads, fritters and curries

In order to cook the perfect Indian meal, it takes a lot more than a well-stocked spice rack. A confident hand with fragrant and delicious spices is important, but so is good technique. Whilst you could probably make delicious Indian cuisine with the standard tools found around Britain, there are a numerous number of Indian tools which are designed to make dishes crispier, flakier and delicious by doing a lot less work. Below we’ve put together a few of our essential Indian cooking tools to make the best and the utmost tasty Indian food.


The Indian rolling pin, or belan, is much thinner and lighter than the usual ones you see in cooking stores. It comes with tapered edges which is crucial to cranking out thin, chapatis, puris and naans. Its thin body allows you to apply pressure to specific areas. It is also good for rolling out finicky dough’s that may tear easier under the weight of a normal rolling pin. Most importantly though, it’s also good for shaping the crust of a delicious homemade pizza.

Patli (a.k.a Chakla)

The patli, which is also commonly known in India as a chakla, is an elevated board which is used as a rolling surface. Indian kitchens never used to have countertops and so the patli made it easier to roll out flatbreads whilst sitting on the floor. Its raised height and easy-to-clean surface is also nice to double as a serving platter for cheeses.

Tawa (a.k.a Lodhi)

The very best way to cook flatbreads is on a tawa, a circular and concave griddle. It works to disturb heat evenly from centre to edge, which is essential for making soft rotis, evenly cooked chapatis, and melty quesadillas.

Sifter (a.k.a Charni)

Indian cooks do tend to make flatbreads from scratch on a daily basis. In order to make the dough smooth, they run flour through a charni. A charni is a sieve which has an ultra fine mesh set in a tall metal rim. The cook should line the charni with a tea towel so it then works as a strainer for yoghurt as well.

If you try any of these fabulous Indian cookery tools we promise you will never look back!

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