Food Processor for Indian (Asian) Cooking

If you’ve read my ‘About‘ page, you must know that I am a lazy person by nature. I absolutely hate chopping veggies…esp onions and I think most of us do…and I also don’t like cooking for hours and hours together. Some people have all the patience in the world but I don’t 😀 I like it quick. So, I recently bought a Kenwood FP730 Food Processor.

My friend bought one (Kenwood FP530) some time ago and she strongly recommended that I get one too. I was doing some research on the internet to choose the best one but also one which was economical. I read a lot of reviews but not one on how food processors could help with desi cooking so I decided to write one! 🙂

I will write this in an orderly manner…starting with the attachment I use the most and so on.

  • The most important attachment of all is the knife blade (5). I use this attachment for chopping onions, tomatoes, herbs and other vegetables. It is most useful when making Non-Vegetarian dishes which need large quantities of finely chopped onions. I also use this attachment for chopping cabbage, potatoes  and variety of other vegetables for a nice veggie dish. You can also use this attachment to finely mince boneless meat for burgers etc.  There’s also a smaller jar (1) with a knife blade (6) attachment for chopping smaller quantities of onions, tomatoes, herbs and veggies.
  • The next attachment I use quite often is the dough tool (7) for chapathis. It takes only a few minutes for the processor to knead the dough and you can re-knead it in a bowl. Try adding as little water as possible.  Here is a very helpful video.

You can also use the dough tool for mixing ingredients for baking.

  • When making Pilaus, Biriyanis, and any vegetable curries, I prefer long, thin slices of onions. For this, I use the slicing side of discs 3 (you can use disc 2 to get very fine slices). Just chop the onions into a size that fits through the opening. You can also use this if you want long thin slices of carrots, cucumbers for salads. Also use this attachment to chop Beans, Tindora (Dondakaya/Ivy Gourd), Carrots…literally any veggie you prefer in a thin, round shape (I haven’t tried Ladies Fingers yet…will let you know how it goes when I do try them). Make sure that you push in the vegetables holding them vertically with the help of the pushers for a nice round shape.
  • There are some attachments which I don’t use that often but are equally useful…like the julienne style chipper (4), the whiskers, juicers and the shredding sides of discs 2 and 3 for shredding cheese and veggies.

What used to take me at least half hour now takes me just a couple of minutes. It saves time and energy. The hubby made Mutton Pulao today in literally under an hour when it used to take atleast 2 hrs.  All the chopping, the tears are gone!

The FP730 has a 1000 watts motor which is quite powerful and takes only a couple of minutes to chop. It is very quick and efficient piece of machinery. I will suggest everyone to buy one 🙂

14 thoughts on “Food Processor for Indian (Asian) Cooking

  1. Hey idlidosa,
    First thing first, I loved your blog!!!

    second, i am on a lookout for a food processor, here in US, which can make idli/dosa/vada batter/chutney just like the Indian ones, do you have any experience with your processor on these?
    or I will have to get the processors with the changed volts?watts? from India?
    Thanks , keep it up.

    • Thank you! Reg. the food processor…the one I have does the job very well…you get a separate jar as an attachment which can prepare the batter for you. Shouldn’t be a problem. Hope this helps.

  2. Hi Idlidosa, Thanks so much for the blog. I have been
    looking all over the internet trying to find food processor reviews
    pertaining to indian cooking. So this indeed is a big help. Do you
    know if this one is available in USA. Is this processor good with
    chutneys, ginger garlic paste etc? Does it have a smaller
    attachment for grinding masalas? Thanks again !

    • It should be available in the US. I do most of my chopping, grinding, dosa etc batters and chutneys with this fp. They give you two extra attachments for grinding our spices etc.

  3. Did you try cutting okra (Bhendi)? Whenever I try it does not cut it but almost minces it.

  4. I was looking for a review of FP for indian cooking and landed here. I wonder if you have experience cutting vegetables for say AVIAL or say beans in the food processor ?

  5. Hi Idli Dosa,

    Your post is very useful. It would be great if you could post a video on chopping vegetables.
    Most food processor cuts cucumber and onion and shreds carrots. But it doesnt cut indian vegetables like potatoes,beetroot or other vegetables. Can you please post one using kenwood. I want to buy this but dont find any info online.


  6. Hello IdliDosa,
    Kudos to your patience for posting this well explained blog !!. Im looking forward to buying a small 500 watt food processor as a upgrade to my blender. I want it mainly to prepare the south indian chutney so was curious to know if this food processor does the job.

  7. Hi IdliDosa,
    Nice blog. I just found what i was searching (FP blog related to Indian cooking). 🙂 🙂 I am also lazy by nature..hates to cut vegetables…but its daily work to do it & it takes too much time. As i am working women, i wanted to do everything fast. So, FP is in my mind from long time, but i was just not sure that how much it will help me. But thanks to your blog, next thing i will do in coming week end is buying FP. Thanks..

  8. Thanks for the useful info, i was not able to decide whether a mixie or a FP, i think a good FP will be more useful…

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