With Diwali around the corner, it’s high time one experiments with sample recipe so as to perfect making them during the actual festival. Preethi appliances gave me one such opportunity. I got to attend their very informative blog jam event last month which was conducted to introduce their new range of Wet Grinders which brought back the traditional mechanism of wet grinding. Apart from the introduction, there were two other informative sessions – One on SEO by the famous food blogger – Archana of Archana’s Kitchen and the other by Chef Umshankar Dhanapal on Food Styling. The company also introduced their range of choppers including the Turbo Chopper.
The Turbo Chopper is one kitchen appliance that I swear by. I’ve been using this chopper long before I went to the event. In fact, it was one appliance that my mother personally gifted me for my wedding. Given my very limited chopping skills, I would probably take eons to chop one onion and in the process would also probably cut my fingers. Onions and my eyes don’t really go well. I’m ultra sensitive to strong fumes and tend to water up at the slight exposure. She wanted to make sure I didn’t shed tears. Literally.
It’s compact, it’s easy to use and it gets the job done very quickly without much effort. Peel off the skin, slice into half, dump it into to the chopper, press the motor and voila, you have finely chopped onions without shedding tears. This is one appliance that every woman needs in her kitchen.
This chopper is essentially a cross between a full fledged mixer grinder and a traditional vegetable chopper. However, this appliance is not as versatile as a chopper, but serves the purpose it is intended for rather well. Here are the tech specs
- A 450 Watt motor as the head. You need to gently press the motor to operate it.
- Stainless Steel blade ( 2 wings)
- An adapter to interface the container with the motor
- A sturdy container with level graduations
Here is a little tutorial I found online just in case you are in doubt as to how to operate this simple yet very efficient machine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkBlp8ClK1w
I’ve been using the chopper extensively for chopping onions, making tomato/steamed carrot puree apart from the occasional chopping of cabbage. This time around, I used it to chop nuts for the experimental recipe – Basundi.
What you need :
- A heavy bottomed pan
- A liter of Full Fat Milk
- One Tin of Sweetened Condensed milk
- Nuts – Pistachio, Badam and Cashew – Not chopped too finely.
- Strands of Saffron – Optional
- A lot patience!
The method :
- Boil the milk well over the heavy bottomed pan.
- Keep stirring over the edges initially so that the milk solid doesn’t stick to the pan
- Keep stirring a bit more
- Stir a little more – Gently there!
- Yeah, you need patience for this.
- Now add the condensed milk.
- Give it a quick stir and let it settle.
- Now add the nuts/Saffron. Here is where the chopper comes handy. Chopping nuts can drive you nuts. Throw them into the chopper and press gently to chop coarsely.
- Finally you are done 😀
You can slurp away all the milk goodness once you’ve transferred the contents to a nice bowl and refrigerated it. A milk delight truly this dish!
Note : Thanks to my colleague and friend Ramakrishnan! You know for what I’m thanking you 😀