Vegetarian Concoctions

January 12, 2007

My Booty!

Filed under: Appliances, Cookbooks, General — Hema @ 1:48 pm

Anyone who goes back to India for a vacation, shops like he/she has never shopped before. Yes, when I say he/she, I do mean he too. My ‘he’ has a policy though. If you buy something you throw something out of the house. And I? I happen to be an antique collector:)) This time, I had promised him I would buy just what I needed and nothing more and I quite kept my promise. After all, the airlines decided to reduce the baggage weight allowance and I didnt want to leave anything that I bought. Also, he happens to be the packer (I suck at it), so nothing can be sneaked in without his notice.

I told him, we need a mixie – a good one that can grind well with less water. My chutneys, thugayals and vadais dont look the way they are supposed to. They just turn out watery and shapeless due to the extra water that goes into the grinding process.

Yes, lets buy one. I hope it is not too huge.

Well, the one I have in mind has 3 jars and a juicer.

Wow, that might just take up one whole luggage. Why do you need a juicer? Even if you do,we get good ones there.

(Pop came the answer…I had rehersed this before!). We need to start introducing healthy juices to our daughter. Besides, this whole thing comes for the cost of one juicer you would get back there.

That did it and I am now a proud owner of this Preeti mixie. Love it!


My second precious booty…a brand new eeya chombu! I have never possessed one of my own. Amma got it for me and boy! is it heavy. Now, the rasams are just top-class. What a difference the new metal has made!


We went to landmark at Chennai, a brilliant book and music store. Bought a bunch of books for my kitchen reading as well.


(Notice the healthy juices by Tarla Dalal)



  1. My Booty!!!! I thought it’s something ‘R’ rated for a second!:D:D

    Hi Hema, welcome back!!I can see you have had a wonderful time and bought like crazy!:))I love the books,except the Chinese ,I have the others and love them too.Hopr to see more recipes!:))

    Happy Pongal!:)

    Comment by Asha — January 12, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

  2. Does this preeti mixer run on 110V or 230V? or do you have to use any adapters?

    Comment by Supriya — January 12, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  3. Wow!Welcome back…the whole lot looks grand….Love those books..hope you will make something out of that Chinese one soon!


    Comment by Trupti — January 12, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

  4. Hi Hema

    Congrats on your booty from India. Happy cooking!

    Comment by Lakshmik — January 12, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

  5. Grabbed some ideas for my next visit.Congrats!.

    Added you to my blogroll.

    Comment by Rashmi — January 12, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

  6. Welcome back, Hema! Looking forward to seeing all the treats you whip up with your new kitchen treasures. Happy New Year 🙂

    Comment by outofthegarden — January 13, 2007 @ 12:22 am

  7. Happy Pongal Hema.

    Comment by Rashmi — January 13, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

  8. Ya.. The mixie… I remember… The poor boy who had to lug it… Sometimes I feel I am oliver twist with a shop-hungry sister… 😦


    Not showing the Amar Chitra Katha U bought? I’m sure u’ll read it more than kutti!!! :))

    Comment by saapatu raman — January 14, 2007 @ 5:21 am

  9. What a generous booty!!!!! Thats the best part when you go back to india!!!! Can shop like crazy 😛

    Comment by Coffee — January 14, 2007 @ 7:16 am

  10. haha, happens to me all the time. i came back from my last trip to kerala with loads of goodies for the kitchen.

    Comment by Jacob — January 16, 2007 @ 2:43 am

  11. ha ha hema… i too am a shopoholic and brought lots of goodies from india:) what these hubbys know about the things we ‘must have’:) i donno how u manage to throw things away girl, like u even i am a antique collector:)

    Comment by supriya — January 16, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  12. Wow ! booty looks wonderful !

    Comment by Krithika — January 16, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

  13. Welcome back! And what a haul! Qestion: the mixie u got…. will it work on the voltage in USA? or u get a step-down transformer?
    Those books look too good, when do u start making recipes from them? looking fwd. to that!! Happy cooking!!!

    Comment by Manasi — January 19, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  14. Happy pongal to all of you!

    @ Asha, Trupti, Lakshmik, Rashmi, Outofthegarden, Krithika
    Thanks. I hope to get some dishes on to the table soon.

    @saapatu raman
    Shop-hungry sister eh? Wait till u get a wife:)

    @Coffee, Jacob, Supriya
    Its fun to shop in India, is’nt it?

    @ Manasi, supriya
    This is a 110 V mixie. they make it this way for folks living in the US. It also comes with a small replacement package with extra caskets, lids, etc.

    Comment by Hema — January 23, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

  15. I too loved my mother’s iyaa chombu rasam and got one several years ago. Mine is actually coated with stainless steel on the outside to ensure it doesn’t melt inadvertently. But I’ve stopped using it now – what with all the scare about lead poisoning, I didn’t think the taste was worth the risk.


    Comment by Shanti — January 30, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  16. @Shanti,

    Lead is eeyam or more specifically Kaareeyam in tamil and yes it is poisonous. But, the eeya chombu is made of an alloy of tin (velleeyam). Our ancestors decided to take the ‘vell’ out of the ‘eeyam’ and gave this chombu a controversial name. There is nothing hazardous about this metal. So, go ahead and use yours without the fear of being poisoned:)After all our grandmas and their grandmas had been using this chombu everyday and have you ever heard of lead poisoning being common in the Tamil community? I havent:)))

    Comment by Hema — January 30, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

  17. Dear Hema :

    Good to see your food blog. I hope you enjoy my website and blog (we are just learning about blogs). Any recipe issues you have and we will be more than happy to help.

    Best Regards

    Comment by Tarla Dalal — February 24, 2007 @ 6:39 am

  18. To buy 110 volts Preethi Mixie here in the USA –
    Go to There are two Models
    1. Preethi Chef Pro Plus – 5 jar Mixie
    2. Preethi Eco Plus – 3 jar Mixie
    The unit is backed with 1 year warranty and the motor has three year warranty.Units bought in India, warranty is not valid here in the USA.

    Comment by Nandhini Narayanasamy — March 2, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

  19. I am planning to buy 110 mixie before coming to US. But I am not able find the stores that sells 110v mixie. Can you please tell me where you bought in chennai?

    Comment by jai — October 2, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

  20. I got it in Hyderabad

    Comment by Hema — October 7, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

  21. I recently bought a Sumeet mixie from Chennai for Rs.6980 (USD$178)for 110 volt use. While bringing in transit, the US Custom removed my jars as it had ” sharp blades ” in it. I was so upset 😦 Later i managed to buy two jars.
    Finally when I started the unit for the first time, it was very loud and i saw smoke and sparks. The Motor died on me. I tried many store and web site, none would provide repair service as the unit was not bought through them here in the USA. Warranty is not valid here in the USA.
    So I gave up on my Sumeet and I later bought a Hamilton blender for $45 I was not happy the motor struggled to grind for idli, dosai or coconut chutney.. as days went by I could not tolerate my blender.
    So I started to shop for indian mixie, many brands are available with my intense research with my friends,relatives and internet .. I came to this link. I decided to buy preethi Mixie from
    Now I am using it for past 11 months it works like a breeze and I am very impressed ! The product is above my expectation.
    So, I thought of writing my experience in this link, so people like me would consider buying mixie here in the USA as the price you pay in India for 110 volt is almost the price you pay here in $$ and above all it is backed up with USA warranty as these are appliances that you need wear and tear spare parts and service. So my lesson is think before you buy.

    Comment by mahalakshmi — January 16, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

  22. Came upon your blog when looking for a place to buy eya chombu. Can you tell me where your mother got it from? It looks fantastic. Hope it is in good shape. 🙂

    Comment by padmagr — February 21, 2013 @ 7:51 am

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