After the hustle and bustle of the 'big fat desi wedding' is all done, reality will set it, and there is a good chance you and your groom will be living on your own - so it's time to start thinking about stocking your kitchen now. 

Even if you end up sharing a space with your in-laws, there are going to be times when you’ll need to cook for yourselves. Maybe you’ll want to surprise your in-laws with a fabulous Indian meal, or maybe your new hubby will want to cook you a romantic desi dinner. In any case, you need to make sure that your Indian Kitchen is stocked with everything you need to make the perfect “ghar ka khana".


Here are the 6 things we think that every desi couple need in their kitchen...

1. Masala Dabba
Desi cooking is all about the spices so make sure you’re well-stocked with all the essentials from garam masala and turmeric to cardamom and cinnamon. Then store it in a masala dabba to keep everything fresh and easily accessible (and make you look like a master cook when friends come to visit!)

2. Mortar and Pestle
A mortar and pestle is important to have in the kitchen because it will help you quickly mash up things like ginger and garlic into paste when you’re cooking. It’s also good if you need to grind up spices like cinnamon and cardamom for chai - because we all know that newlyweds have a lot of visits from relatives.

3. Belan (Rolling Pin)
You’ll definitely need a good belan with the rest of your cooking utensils, especially if roti and naan are popular in your house. The difference between a belan and a western rolling pin is this: belan is a single piece rolling pin. The handles on the western pin are stationary, while the center part moves to roll-out the dough. Call us traditional, but we don't think they are interchangeable - for roti making a belan is a must!

4. Hand Strainer
If you’re going to be doing any type of frying in your house like samosa, pakoras and gulab jamun, you’re going to need a good hand strainer to safely remove the items from hot oil. These tend to be available exclusively at Indian grocery or cookware stores. 

5. Tava
Also invest in a good tava because you’ll be using it for a long time to prepare different types of foods like naan, chapatti and paratha. It’s best to buy it in aluminum or cast iron.

6. Pressure Cooker
Having a pressure cooker in your kitchen will really help you reduce the cooking time for many Indian dishes while still keeping the same texture and consistency of the food. If you are a fan of dal, a pressure cooker will be your savior on busy evenings. 

You can try your hand at adding some of these items to your bridal registry, but we are guessing most big box stores won't carry them. Consider a trip to the local Indian market with your mom or future mother in law to pick up some of these pieces before the big day.