5 Reasons You Need an Electric Kettle in Your Desi Kitchen

As someone that is obsessed with cooking and writes a blog about it, I have A LOT of kitchen gadgets and appliances. If you’ve been following my HB Social Kitchen series this year you know I have a popcorn maker, coffee machine, and food dehydrator among the many other items I HAD to buy this year (spiralizer, spice grinder, second spice grinder etc.) When I found out that this month I would be testing a Cordless Kettle from Hamilton Beach I wasn’t really sure how useful it would be.

hamilton beach cordless kettle

I have never owned a kettle before. Kettles with cords, cordless kettles, and even stove-top kettles are foreign to me. Like all desi aunties I boil water in a saucepan whenever I need it, and I make chai in the same saucepan – what in the world would I do with a cordless kettle? 

Guys, I’ve never been so wrong about the usefulness of a kitchen appliance before. I’ve been reaching for my cordless kettle pretty much every day. The big surprise, it can be used for a  lot more than just brewing tea. Here are 5 reasons every Indian kitchen needs a kettle – especially a cordless one.

  1. Maki di roti – Seriously though, how did I not know that having a  kettle would make the whole process of making atta for maki di roti so much easier? I can now heat up the water and use my cordless kettle to pour with one hand and mix with the other. Genius!
  2. Re-hydrating chane and rajmah – Yup, if you forget to soak the chane or rajmah at night, you can speed up the cooking process by soaking them in lukewarm water. (Which is super easy because this kettle shows you what temperature the water is at)
  3. Rice flour roti – This is the recipe I use to make rice flour roti. Now I can add the boiling water directly to a boil add the flour and salt and just let it sit. I no longer have to use one of my sauce pans to mix rice flour atta. Brilliant. 
  4. Warming a thermos before packing lunches – I’m that desi mom that almost always sends a hot lunch for my kids so I reach for a thermos every day. Having the kettle ready to go means I can heat up a thermos in just a couple of minutes, and the kiddos can have a hot lunch. 
  5. Warming coconut (or any) oil – You know that moment when you reach for your coconut oil in the kitchen, or your amla oil in the bathroom and they have solidified? Put some warm water in a glass and drop the bottle of oil in it. The heat from the water will liquify the oil without wrecking the nutrients in it. (Side note – please don’t heat oil in a microwave, always use a warm water bath to preserve it’s healing qualities).cordless kettle

So there you have it, I’m officially converted from ‘what the heck would I do with a kettle?’ to ‘Oh baby imagine all the things I’ll do with my Cordless Kettle!’ While I don’t have a whole lot of experience with kettles I can tell you three reasons I love the Hamilton Beach Cordless Kettle:

  1. Portability – I can lift it right off the base and move it around my work surface.
  2. Different water temperatures for different recipes/uses
  3. Cool touch handle 

Now that I’ve convinced you that really need a cordless kettle in your life, guess what; I’m going to give you a chance to win one! Just follow the directions below to enter. Please note – this contest is open to Canadian residents only. 

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This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.

Images & Text by: Raj Thandhi

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43 Comments

  1. Angela Mitchell
    November 3, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    I use a kettle for tea, boiling water for recipes, warming a thermos and even for cleaning and disinfecting water bottles, etc.

  2. Amy Heffernan
    November 5, 2015 / 7:01 am

    I use my kettle for tea and the kids use it for water for their hot cereal! Thanks!!

  3. November 5, 2015 / 7:10 am

    Love to use it for tea, instant coffee and oatmeal

  4. Robyn Bellefleur
    November 5, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Most often to boil water to make tea.

  5. Elaine Laforge
    November 5, 2015 / 8:22 am

    My son love to host tea parties for his grandmothers after school.

  6. Judy Cowan
    November 5, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Boiling water for a nice hot cup of tea to relax after a busy day!

  7. christina barany
    November 5, 2015 / 9:45 am

    boiling water to unclog and desmell my stinky kitchen drain!

  8. tanyab79
    November 5, 2015 / 10:20 am

    Use the kettle for oatmeal.

  9. Bailey Dexter
    November 5, 2015 / 11:17 am

    I use it most for making a pot of tea and warming up the tea pot but also I use warm water in the cat’s bowls they love it and drink so much more! LOL

  10. Jonnie
    November 5, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I like to use a kettle to heat water for hot chocolate

  11. Danielle
    November 5, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    I love making different teas

  12. Bernice
    November 5, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    I like drinking hot tea and the Kids love hot chocolate

  13. Jenness M
    November 5, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    I have a cup of green tea every morning.

  14. ivy pluchinsky
    November 5, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I love using a kettle for brewing tea for company

  15. Anne Taylor
    November 5, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Tea, tea and more tea!!

  16. Amber Y
    November 5, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Our kettle is almost always hot! We use it for tea all day long and for oatmeal in the colder months.

  17. Julie Bolduc
    November 5, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    I use it for coffee

  18. Lisa bolduc
    November 5, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Besides coffee and tea we use it to make baby formula

  19. Jenn
    November 5, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Definitely for my many cups of green tea.

  20. Amy Lovell
    November 6, 2015 / 4:33 am

    Love using it to make tea or anything hot to drink

  21. kristen visser
    November 6, 2015 / 8:16 am

    I would use it for tea (love to start my day with a cup of tea) and also to use for my daughters cereal

  22. Lisa Lee
    November 6, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    For tea and for instant lattes! :)

  23. Piroska
    November 6, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    I love to drink tea, especially Oolong Formosa, loose-leaf.

  24. aarone mawdsley
    November 6, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    making tea

  25. Holly O'Gorman
    November 6, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    For Cup of Soup.

  26. Jenny Major
    November 7, 2015 / 10:28 am

    making tea

  27. David
    November 7, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Boiling water for a hot cup of tea

  28. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    November 7, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    tea . . . of course <3 xo

  29. andrea amy
    November 9, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    i like using a kettle for making tea, and my son likes it for hot chocolate

  30. ginette4
    November 11, 2015 / 5:11 am

    My favourite use for a kettle in the kitchen is for making my cup of tea

  31. November 12, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I boil water for tea and to steam out colds!

  32. Carey Hurst
    November 13, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    I actually dont have a kettle , need one, but use a pot on the stove to boil water ..

  33. Viv Sluys
    November 13, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    My favourite use for my kettle is boiling water for tea.

  34. angela m
    November 13, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    Boiling water for tea, coffee and hot chocolate

  35. November 14, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    I don’t have a favourite use persay but I do use my kettle for boiling water for tea, instant coffee (for those that like that sort of thing) , making instant oatmeal (when I’m in a rush), boiling water to melt ice and I have even used it to steam envelopes open -lol-

  36. November 15, 2015 / 7:22 am

    We like a kettle for making herbal tea and hot chocolate.

  37. November 16, 2015 / 9:25 am

    I use a kettle for black chai (must try pink). :-) I also heat water in my kettle for soaking dishes – for really tough to clean items, works like a charm! <3

  38. Travelbuds
    November 19, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I love my cups of tea so a kettle is a must.

  39. jenny
    November 20, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    I use a kettle the most for hot tea and instant oatmeal.

  40. Eldon
    November 22, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I use it to make tea

  41. angela september
    November 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    I would use it every day to make my morning tea and for entertaining!

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