Wet and dry spice grinder

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I'm thinking of buying a wet and dry spice grinder from my local store, but it's about £100....there's couple of options that look like this below;

http://www.buyindiankitchen.com/phil...r-grinder.html

http://www.nandyala.org/mahanandi/ar...tchen-gadgets/

So, I have two questions for my expert friends;

1) Of the two kinds of wet grinders, which is the best kind and why?

2) I am coming to India in August and in theory buy it when there and bring it back, depending on cost differential. How much do these cost roughly in India?

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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post Team,

I'm thinking of buying a wet and dry spice grinder from my local store, but it's about £100....there's couple of options that look like this below;

http://www.buyindiankitchen.com/phil...r-grinder.html

http://www.nandyala.org/mahanandi/ar...tchen-gadgets/

So, I have two questions for my expert friends;

1) Of the two kinds of wet grinders, which is the best kind and why?

2) I am coming to India in August and in theory buy it when there and bring it back, depending on cost differential. How much do these cost roughly in India?

NB
the best ones are the wet grinders with a stone base. However they can be quite heavy and you have to check your luggage allowance.

i am able to manage with my nutribullet and have made idli batter without any problems ( rice soaked for a while )

nutribullet is not good for dry grinding and i use my magic bullet for that.
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We have usually used Sumeet Mixers like this or this. Mrs uses this for making idli / dosa batter.

Also dry masala for veg / non veg


and masala paste for veg / non veg is made on the mixer.

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The big, traditional-type wet grinders probably don't figure within an economy-ticket baggage allowance!

There are table-top grinders, which are much smaller versions of the same: there may well be different kinds, but they should, like the big ones, be stone on stone, rather than the steel blades of the "mixie" type, which I think is what Mrs aarosh has. Oh wait, this is your second link. The mixie type is your first. See these.

Mrs N has the mixie type too. She does not make wet batter. When I want to adorn the kitchen with the traditional tool, she asks if I am going to eat idli and dosa every day! Fair point. Dry grinding, she has just melted the plastic base of one of her mixie steel jars
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This kind would be easy to carry as a check-in baggage !
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Thanks all.

I really want a Ďproperí one ideally - more like the table top one Nick showed than the mixie type.

Iím flying Virgin Upper Class (I treat myself to nice flights then stay in 800rs accommodation which my girlfriend thinks is the wrong way around) but as Iím only taking my rucksack I should have plenty of allowance (think itís 2 x 20kg each so likely 40kg plus spare between us)

Nick - the table top variety you showed is so much cheaper than the UK imported ones (£160-£200 here). If I brought one of those back any ideas on the duty charges? (I donít think Iíd get it through without declaring).

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No idea. I don't take stuff to UK these days! But you can figure the VAT for starters, I suppose.

Any regulations about imported electrics? It won't be UK/EU certified. But I expect lots of Indians carry this stuff.

You get 2 * 23k, I think, in BA economy. 2 * 32 in BA business. Have considered that for bringing stuff back, but upgrading the return flight would cost me RS.32k... Which just takes away from the shopping money anyway.

If you are serious about taking one back, you have to find out the size of the box, and how to include it in a big enough case.

What's the UK duty - free limit for _things?_
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post No idea. I don't take stuff to UK these days! But you can figure the VAT for starters, I suppose.

Any regulations about imported electrics? It won't be UK/EU certified. But I expect lots of Indians carry this stuff.

You get 2 * 23k, I think, in BA economy. 2 * 32 in BA business. Have considered that for bringing stuff back, but upgrading the return flight would cost me RS.32k... Which just takes away from the shopping money anyway.

If you are serious about taking one back, you have to find out the size of the box, and how to include it in a big enough case.

What's the UK duty - free limit for _things?_
Upto £390 is fine . So NB should be okay

https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/a...outside-the-eu
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The box has thermocole blocks inside so it's huge. After unpacking it won't take much space. I am speaking for the regular mixer grinder with 2-3 jars. The sturdiest brand in delhi is sujata. Lasts for a looong time
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post The box has thermocole blocks inside so it's huge. After unpacking it won't take much space. I am speaking for the regular mixer grinder with 2-3 jars. The sturdiest brand in delhi is sujata. Lasts for a looong time
Idli batter tastes nicer if done on stone on stone. Same with coconut chutney as well.

I am also planning to get a tabletop wet grinder on my next trip to India . I think the whole thing would be under 20 kg anyway even with all the packaging ..

Amazon UK has wet grinders for sale but I.suspect that the prices are 2-3 times Indian prices .

2 litre ones seem to have a weight of 12-14 kg so I should be okay
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Wet and dry spice grinder

NB, as you know I am planning to come to London and hoping to meet you, in July.

If it comes within UK duty-free and baggage allowance, I might be able to bring you one. I usually have one completely empty case inbound. Usually next one case inside another case. It's just the overall packed dimension that worries me. And, I guess I could take my tape measure to a shop.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post NB, as you know I am planning to come to London and hoping to meet you, in July.

If it comes within UK duty-free and baggage allowance, I might be able to bring you one. I usually have one completely empty case inbound. Usually next one case inside another case. It's just the overall packed dimension that worries me. And, I guess I could take my tape measure to a shop.
All thanks for comments!

Nick, an incredibly kind offer and one I may take you up on. However, the dinner invitation isnít subject to any special conditions, so we will be meeting regardless!

I have one other option (which would save both hassle and time) which is this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01...m2L&ref=plSrch.

I have been given a £75 Amazon Voucher from work so in real terms it will cost me £60. Just need to figure out now if itís any good/worth the money or better to wait until July and get you to bring me one from India!

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The one we use looks similar to this https://www.google.co.in/maps/uv?hl=...rs-125x125.jpg

and its made by a company called PVG. So far its being running steady for about 13/14 years.

It comes with a coconut scrapper and also a dough kneader (useful for pizza bases).

The other type of mixer grinder seems to wear out quickly. the brand we use is Philips.

The Philips mixer/grinder will not even get a second look from customs as my parents took one back a few years ago, and they just walked straight thru.
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Just need to figure out now if itís any good/worth the money or better to wait until July and get you to bring me one from India!
OK, NB... we'll see how the conversation, recommendation and your decision goes,

Let me know if there is any other small (to medium ) thing you would like from an Indian kitchen shop... puttu steamer? Idly steamer?
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Originally Posted by JOHNLORD View Post The one we use looks similar to this https://www.google.co.in/maps/uv?hl=...rs-125x125.jpg

and its made by a company called PVG. So far its being running steady for about 13/14 years.

It comes with a coconut scrapper and also a dough kneader (useful for pizza bases).
Can you dry grind with that JL? Or is it wet grind only?

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post OK, NB... we'll see how the conversation, recommendation and your decision goes,

Let me know if there is any other small (to medium ) thing you would like from an Indian kitchen shop... puttu steamer? Idly steamer?
Oooooh, the possibilities! Coconut scraper would be one for the list (my current knife based method doubles up as a game of cut finger roulette).

Will have a think!

NB

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