A List of Basic Spices in Kitchen

Spices for Chicken Korma

Thursday is here again!. This time, I’m just listing the basic spices or masalas you should have in kitchen. It is a small list. The article on the benefits of all these masalas will be following soon. Since I’m busy in packing and stuff these days, I’m sharing the one which I’ll be using too when I shift to my new home 🙂

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Your Checklist to Basic Kitchen Utensils, Tools and Accessories

Know You Kitchen

Here’s the List of Must Have Spices in Kitchen

  1. Garam Masala Powder
  2. Zeera or Cumin Powder
  3. Dhani or Coriander Powder
  4. Lal Mirch or Red Chilli Powder
  5. Kashmiri Mirch Powder
  6. Haldi or Turmeric Powder
  7. Chat Masala
  8. Salt
  9. Kali Mirch or Black Pepper Powder
  10. Zeera or Cumin Seeds
  11. Dhaniya or Coriander Seeds
  12. Laung or Cloves
  13. Green Elaichi or Cardamom
  14. Black Elaichi
  15. Dalchini or Cinnamon Sticks
  16. Javitri or Mace
  17. Jaiphal or Nutmeg
  18. Shahjeera
  19. Tejpatta or Bay Leaf
  20. Baking Soda
  21. Chakri Phool or Star Anise
  22. Amchur Powder or Dry Mango Powder
  23. Kala Namak or Black Salt
  24. Salt
  25. Sookhi Khadi Lal Mirch or Dry Red Chilli
  26. Saunf or Fennel Seeds
  27. Ajwain or Carom Seeds
  28. Kalonji or Black Caraway Seeds
  29. Hing or Asafoetida
  30. Kali Mirch or Peppercorns
  31. Methi or Fenugreek Seeds
  32. Rai or Brown Mustard Seeds

Later if you want the spices like chhola masala, chicken masala, sambhar masala, you can buy them. I’ll be discussing on how to make these masalas at home in my upcoming posts. The benefit of using homemade masalas are – you will feel the freshness and more tasty food.

I use the below spice rack to keep my Kitchen platform tidy. You can buy one from Amazon, like I did.

–Shared by Sara Khan



Your Checklist to Basic Kitchen Utensils, Tools and Accessories

Checklist and Guide to Kitchen Utensils

Cooking and Kitchen are best friends. To cook food you of course need utensils in your kitchen.

I’ve divided this post in three parts: Basic Utensils, Must-Haves and Containers.

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Basic Utensils

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I won’t define the meaning of basic or utensils but yes these are the ones which you’ll need right on the day when you would start setting your kitchen. I would suggest you to buy one stainless steel set and one glass crockery set. The glass crockery set is almost same everywhere in quantity. For the steel set you should check all these necessary Kitchen items. If they aren’t in the set, buy separately. You can print and keep this checklist for Kitchen Utensils for reference.

Iron Griddle on Gas stove
Iron Griddle on Gas stove
  • Plates
  • Quarter Plates
  • Tea Spoons
  • Table Spoons
  • Serving Spoons
  • Cooking Spoons – Flat, Perforated, Whole, Rice Spoons
  • Forks
  • Butter Knife
  • Serving Bowls
  • Soup Bowls
  • Small Bowls
  • Dessert Bowls
  • 2 Spoon Stands
  • Tongs
  • Colander
  • Iron Griddle – Buy the heavy and thick iron griddle. The rotis on heavy iron griddles come out perfect.
  • Cooking pans, at least 3 – small, medium and big
  • 2 Patilis
  • Glasses
  • 3-Set Tray
  • Rice Tray
  • Strainers
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Peeler
  • Tissue Stand
  • Salt and Pepper stand
  • Kadhai or Wok
  • Cups – You should always have 2 sets of tea cups. If you are buying both the tea cup sets with saucers it’s good, else buy at least one set with saucers.
  • Samsi or Pakkad
  • Rolling pin and Board – If possible buy the marble rolling board.
  • Mortar and Pestle

Kitchen Appliances and Must Haves

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This part covers all the must have things for a kitchen, excluding the basic ones. Once you are through with all the basic utensils, add these utensils and utilities to your kitchen.

  • Non-Stick Pans’ Set; If you are buying a non-stick pan set, don’t forget to buy the silicon or nylon ladles. Do not, at any cost use steel spoons while cooking in non-stick pans.
  • Brush
  • Sandwich Maker
  • Mixer Grinder
  • 2 Oil Dispensers – for mustard oil and refined oil. If you are using olive oil, buy a small dispenser for it.
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Hand Towels and Gloves
  • Coasters
  • Gas Stove
  • Lighters
  • A Glass Jug or Tumbler


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To keep spices, tea, sugar, dals, etc you need containers. Why not buy  a set? The question here would be what should be the size of a container. You cannot buy all the containers of same size. There should be variations. Try to buy the air-tight containers always.

The Spice Rack - in my kitchen
The Spice Rack – in my kitchen
  • 10 – 1-litre or 1.5 litre Containers
  • 10 – .5 litre containers
  • 6 – .25 litre containers
  • 1 – 10 litre capacity stainless-steel drum or an air-tight container to keep Wheat flour
  • 3 – 5-litre air-tight container for rice
  • 2 – 3-litre container
  • 1 Spice rack
  • 1 6-spice box

If you think I’ve missed out something, please drop me a message in the comments section below or email me at



— Shared by Sara Khan