If you love to cook, love Indian food, and don’t own a food processor, you don’t know what you’re missing! Heck even if you DON’T love to cook, a food processor is still well worth owning because it will get you in and OUT of the kitchen that much faster.
There are many good brands available for the best buy food processor, you can go for any of them and then enjoy the food and process.
But even if you have an old Cuisinart food processor sitting under a counter somewhere, you may not be aware of everything it’s capable of.
If there’s a more versatile small kitchen appliance out there, I can’t think of it.
After all, a food processor can:
- Blend – perfect for making Indian sauces like korma, saag, masala, etc
- Chop – great for chopping nuts or coconut pieces for chutneys
- Grate – perfect for when you want nuts, coconut, or onions and garlic finely minced
- Mix – great for mixing complex sauces or dry spice blends like garam masala, or for churning butter to make ghee
- Make bread dough – perfect for making naan or chapati bread dough
- Purée soups – blend lentils and veggies together a little chunky or perfectly smooth
It’s not the smallest kitchen appliance in your arsenal, but it can honestly do the job of several other small kitchen appliances you probably have hanging around (immersion blender, counter blender, cheese grater, etc.)
In short, if you need to mix, blend, fold, chop, or combine ingredients in any way, get to know your food processor!
We’ll get into more great information below, but let’s dive right into the . . .
11 Cool Uses of a Food Processor in Indian Cooking
1. Dough for naan bread
Indian bread, whether it’s naan, chapati, roti, paratha, or another variety, are an essential part of Indian food and cooking. You’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to make your own bread dough with your food processor. I have a great recipe down below.
2. Tamarind & mint/cilantro chutneys
I love using chutneys as a condiment or even just to dress greens for a salad.
Tamarind is the dark-brown, almost raisin-like chutney that is very common. But you often see a green chutney as well which can be cilantro, mint, or both.
Puréeing in a food processor, along with chopped nuts and/or coconut flakes, maybe some plain yogurt and water make creating your own chutneys quick and easy! Check out one of my favorite recipes below.
3. Churning butter to make ghee
Ghee is just clarified butter and it’s the cornerstone of Indian food.
While you can buy ghee (not refrigerated usually) at the grocery store, it’s often expensive. Instead, make your own! Just pour heavy cream into your food processor (with a pinch of salt if you wish) and process for about 10 minutes and you’re done!
Then to clarify the butter to make ghee, simply heat the butter either in the oven or on a stovetop for about 15 minutes on low heat.
It will foam, bubble, and then start to foam again, and then, usually around the 15-minute mark, it’s done.
Pour through a strainer or some cheesecloth to remove any solids and allow it to harden back and it’s ready to go. Refrigerate for longer shelf life, but even at room temperature, it will last a month.
4. Finely chopping spinach for Saag Paneer
Essentially, it’s a creamed spinach with large chunks of paneer cheese floating in it. Many recipes call for frozen spinach, but whether you use frozen or fresh, it works great to puree in your food processor until smooth.
Then you simply saute with some onion, garlic, freshly grated ginger, and maybe a little bit of chile for some heat, eventually adding the spinach and some essential spices like cumin and coriander. Plain yogurt gives the spinach it’s creamy texture at the end.
5. Blending onion and tomato for a sauce base
LOTS of Indian sauces and curries start with a base of onion and tomato blended together.
Just dropping them into the food processor and blending until you get the smooth consistency you want is super easy! For some reason, a lot of Indian recipes don’t call for garlic, but I love it and add it to almost everything, so throw a few cloves in as well if you love it too.
6. Dicing potatoes or okra or other veggies
The dicing blade doesn’t work for all veggies (carrots can be challenging for some reason) but works great for potatoes, long beans, and things like okra, all of which work great in a variety of Indian recipes
7. Create amazing homemade soups
Many just blend cooked lentils or garbanzo beans as the base. You’ll also hear the term Shorba, which can be a catch-all phrase used throughout the Middle East to describe a variety of types of soups.
Mulligatawny is probably the most widely known type of Indian soup probably due in large part to The British making modifications during their colonization period of India. But no matter what the base for your Indian soup recipes, blending in your food processor is a sinch!
8. Make your own garam masala spice blend
Garam masala is a spice blend used extensively in Indian food. Often (but not always), it’s sprinkled on top of a finished dish rather than cooked with it the whole time.
You would typically start by toasting whole coriander, cumin, fennel, and cardamom seeds, along with whole cloves, a small amount of nutmeg and peppercorns.
Add a small amount of chili powder for heat if you wish. Toast in a dry skillet over low heat. I would not toast anything where you’re using a ground spice; just the whole pieces.
Then simply transfer to your food processor and blend until smooth. For a larger sized food processor, this works best with a large batch. Otherwise, you might use a clean coffee blade grinder.
9. Mince ginger the easy way
Ginger is an essential part of Indian food. But it’s also notoriously hard to work with! It can be tough, and stringy, and even on a grater, you tend to leave more long strings of ginger on the grater than you end up within your pile of grated ginger.
So do yourself a favor and, once you’ve peeled your ginger, simply drop in your food processor and pulse until it’s perfectly minced!
Enjoy these Indian recipes by using a food processor at your home and enjoy it. If you don’t have one get it I am giving some of the best and well-known brands options available in market bajaj, Phillips, Usha, Morphy Richard food processor.