There are many processes to cook food and it varies from region to region and also from vegetarian food to non vegetarian food. In Indian subcontinent people mostly prefer frying (deep frying, sauteing, tempering etc), steaming and boiling to cook. Whereas in western countries people prefer baking, sauteing, boiling etc. But there are some functions which are common in both cases to make delicious food. These are mixing, grinding, blending, blending, juicing, grating, pureeing. You need mixer grinder (or food processor for more sophisticated and advanced functions) to perform such functions. What are the functions of mixer grinder do you actually need?
Functions of mixer grinder
It is a common grinding process in any kitchen. Mostly people need this function to grind dry spices like cumin, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon, red chili, black pepper etc.
This is another important function for cooking to perform. Most of the cases any raw spice (not dried) or something where we need water to grind any spice, there we actually perform wet grinding. So to make ginger paste, garlic paste, chili paste we need to do wet grinding.
For two or more numbers of spices in same physical condition (either all solid or all liquid ), we actually do mixing. Mixing is possible in low power rating appliance. We often do this task with mixer grinder. It needs to make mock tail drink, mixed spices etc.
Blending needs to do when we want to mix two or more ingredients together, so that all those ingredients loose their own characteristics and become uniform. Blending is done in mixer grinder with high power less sharp blades. eg. blending corn starch in water.
Normally grating function is available in high end mixer grinder or you need a food processor to grate something. So if you have low priced mixer grinder with less feature then you may have this function in your appliance.
Juicing is a specific function and generally does not come with a low priced mixer grinder. It needs separate attachment to use with motor. In such case it is called JMG (juicer mixer grinder).
Puree means smooth crushed fruits or vegetables. But it is difficult to differentiate between puree or paste of vegetable or fruit by wet grinding process. Is it? What do you think? What do you think about puree and paste? Any difference? I also have little doubt but what I understand is that mostly ‘puree’ is used to explain paste of some fruit or vegetable what is cooked by means of boiling or frying or baking.