Creating the Perfect Indian Kitchen

In India we love our food – eating has to be one of our most favourite pastimes. Some succulent and spicy curry with naan bread and rice will make most of my compatriots fulfilled for at least the length of the meal. Certainly the Indian kitchen of old with dirt floor and a fire on the ground, can be considered basic in its structure and form. Still, it did and still does, produce some sensational dishes for a very appreciative one billion, or so, diners, around the country. Despite the continued proliferation of the traditional Indian kitchen, there are more post-millennial Western style kitchens being built in middle class Indian homes.

Building the Perfect Kitchen

These Western style kitchens have been adapted to facilitate more Indian types of cooking and food preparation. This is because, let’s face it, a lot of western style food is fairly dire in terms of taste and spice. The gleaming stainless steel look with benches and surfaces reflecting this commercial type obsession with home cooks pretending to be professional chefs has captured a large chunk of the market. Indian food can be very labour intensive and so maximum bench space well serves the Indian home cook.

Building the perfect kitchen is very much about designing a functional space that best serves what is being created in that space. To get a contemporary and global influence, it’s worth exploring international high-quality kitchens renovations websites but then even more importantly, the planning should only be started after consultation with the person who does the majority of the cooking in the home. It is no point building a kitchen that is modelled on a Michelin starred French restaurant’s kitchen and plonking that inside an Indian home. No sir, this would be a travesty of clashing culinary concepts. This would only complicate and confuse the Indian cook at home. Where would he or she roll her chapattis? Where would the tandoor oven be? How would all that rice get cooked?

Questions like these must be answered by the kitchen renovation company before any actual construction work is started. Building the perfect kitchen in India will, of course, be different in Mumbai and different again in Calcutta. The many distinct regions of India have their own cuisines and therefore require quite different cooking facilities. Kitchen renovation designers must be adaptable to the demands of their different customers in different parts of the country. No raita is the same! No mango chutney is alike! And no cook in Southern India is anything like a cook in Northern India.

 

Linen Sheets From India Are Status Symbols

The Indian sub-continent (generally core lands of India Pakistan Bangladesh Nepal Bhutan Sri Lanka and the Maldives, more recently referred to as South Asia) has had a long history of involvement in textiles manufacture and production.

Traditionally the textiles industry in India generated huge employment, second only to agriculture and contributes a significant proportion of India’s total exports.

Thousands of fabric weaving factories and textile finishing factories exist across India. Fabrics produced include jute, silk, cotton and wool. Less known but highly valued is linen, used for home textiles in addition to garments.

Production ranges from hand looms to mass manufacturing. Flax fields in northern France supply 60% of the raw materials for the world’s linen, a significant proportion of which is exported to India where it is processed into finished production of items including linen sheets, other home textiles and linen shirts.

According to Bloomberg Business a linen shirt is a status symbol, this is underpinned by the Indian prime Minister’s love of linen kurtas, although the US and Europe remain the biggest markets for linen.

On websites around the planet, and in quality bedding shops in the finest suburban areas in the world’s wealthiest cities, customers can purchase fine French flax woven to specific needs (especially wide, fine and durable) resulting in finished pieces including a range of luxurious linen sheets and table linen, featuring hand-worked drawn thread work and hand-embroidered monograms.

An article in Vogue magazine India www.vogue.in earlier this year reviewed an ongoing exhibition at the Devi Art Foundation entitled ‘Fractured’ where 20 textile artists from varying disciplines reinvent Indian textiles in a modern context and the innovations are something our entire global Indian community can be very proud of.

The Fractured exhibition features form and colour collaborations from diverse artists in various textiles media, and for lovers of lifestyle inspiration, the results are so luxurious as to take our breath away.

One thing is for sure, we Indians can sleep easy when we know our linen sheets have been lovingly crafted by our wonderful artisans – and that the quality is so sound that the sheets and table linen may even last for generations.