We have just seen the best mixer grinders in India. Now, we will have a look at the Technologies used in Mixer Grinder i.e. the buying guide.
Ask any woman born in the 1940s and 1950s, she will swear about the grinding stone.
It was the most common appliance you used to find in every kitchen. We use the word ‘used to’ because these stones have now become antique.
The woman of the 1960s and 1970s will take the name, Sumeet.
What is Sumeet?
Sumeet is the name synonymous with the mixer and grinder. This is the pioneering Indian brand of mixer and grinder. No Indian kitchen in those times was complete without this appliance.
Sumeet is the perfect example of a kitchen appliance built without conducting any sort of consumer survey or research.
It was built purely based on the engineering genius of its inventor, Satyaprakash and the user experience inputs provided by his wife, Madhuri.
Today, this brand is no longer available in the market, but still, the first name that comes to mind whenever there is a discussion on mixers and grinders is ‘Sumeet’.
Indians have a fetish for having short names for everything in life. Whenever we love anybody, we give that person a nickname.For example, Sunil becomes Sonu. Similarly, the only kitchen appliance to have a nickname is the humble mixer and grinder. Indian women refer to it as the mixie.
Henceforth, we shall use the same word throughout the article.
The Sumeet mixie was an isolated machine. Today, you have a plethora of mixers and grinders available in the market.
You have the concept of the Juicer Mixer Grinder (JMG) becoming very popular today.
Before venturing out to buy your mixie or JMG, you should have a clear idea about the different kinds of appliances available in the Indian market. Subsequently, we shall go into the specifications.
Different types of Mixer Grinders
The basic responsibility of the mixer is to mix various cooking ingredients, usually in a semi-liquid state. The examples are purees, vegetable pastes for making curry, and batters for cooking. Mixers are broadly of two types.
The grinder is a comparatively stronger machine used to grind substances into a powdery form. You can use it to grind both wet and dry ingredients. The common usage is for grinding cereals, lentils, and spices. Here are two types of grinders that have specific uses.
One uses this grinder for grinding roasted coffee seeds.
This is a powerful appliance because of the heavier load it has to cater. This grinder has use for grinding different types of meat, poultry, mutton, and other non-vegetarian food.
The Mixie – (Mixer cum Grinder)
This appliance is a combination of a mixer grinder. You have separate jars for dry and wet grinding. The wet grinding jars are usually larger in size. Made from stainless steel, these jars come with fixed or detachable blades.
This is the most ideal companion for the Indian woman in the kitchen.
The Juicer-Mixer-Grinder (JMG)
As the name suggests, the JMG is a combination of the mixie and the juicer. Naturally, these are larger equipment with an additional jar for making vegetable and fruit juices. This appliance is becoming very popular today in the Indian market.
How do you choose a mixie / JMG?
There are many factors to consider while choosing the right appliance for your kitchen.
Here are some technical specifications that every household should know. You will find these specifications listed in every mixie you see. Having knowledge about the same enables you to make the right choice.
In simple words, wattage defines the power of the motor. Higher the wattage, the heavier the load it can sustain. A normal Indian kitchen mixie can work with a 550 to 600 watt motor. Anything above this figure can become noisy.
However, you can go for higher wattages if you have to grind larger quantities. In order to grind 2 kg of Urad dal batter in one go, you need a motor with a minimum wattage of 750 watts.
RPM is the abbreviated form of ‘Rotations per minute’. Higher the RPM, more powerful is the motor. This reduces the time required for processing the ingredients. There is a disadvantage to having a higher RPM.
Your appliance can heat up and become noisy. Usually, you have blades rotating at a speed of 15000 rpm.
Rating in minutes
This factor is the continuous operating time recommended for any mixie. In the normal circumstances, it is 30 minutes – with a running time of 5 minutes and cooling period of 3 minutes. Adhering to this ratio ensures that your motor serves you well.
In case you run the appliance continuously for more time, it can heat up the motor and cause internal damage.