With these tools, you can make amazing Indian cuisine at home.

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If you love Indian recipes like chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken, beef curry, and naan, and want to make the best expressions of them in your home kitchen, consider stocking up on these handy kitchen tools that are especially useful for cooking Indian cuisine. Most of these tools are affordable and don't take up much space, and they'll help you better hone your cooking skills. These are the essential tools to keep in your home kitchen, according to chefs.

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Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
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Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

A cast-iron pan is a versatile kitchen accessory that can be used for blooming spices, searing and braising meats, sauteeing veggies, and stewing both sauces and curries. "It's also a tool that can endure wear and tear and will outlast many other kitchen tools," says chef Sukhu Kalra of Bhoomi, an Indian restaurant in the UrbanSpace Food Hall in Chicago. "At home (and at Bhoomi) we use cast iron to cook Indian Phulka rotis, a traditional puffed flatbread that is eaten in many households in North India."

Buy it: $16; Amazon

Vinod Legacy Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Kadai

Vinod Legacy Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Kadai

An iron kadai is the ideal tool for making several kinds of Indian curries. "Found in almost every Indian home for centuries, a Kadai is a deep round-bottom cooking pot similar in appearance to a Chinese wok, and are versatile cookware that can be used in multiple cooking styles such as frying, simmering, searing, sautéing, and even baking," says Jessica Randhawa, the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon. You can make dal, kadai chicken, samosas, and even sweets like gulab jamuns, all with the kadai.

Buy it: $70; Amazon

Iron Tawa/Victoria Cast Iron Pizza Crepe Pan
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Iron Tawa/Victoria Cast Iron Pizza Crepe Pan

An iron tawa can make delicious Indian roti from scratch. "Tawas are the traditional Indian griddle used for cooking classic Indian foods likes dosas, chippatis, parathas, and rotis, as the slightly concave shape of the griddle pan allows for the traditional hand-flipped style that traditional unleavened Indian bread requires," explains Randhawa. 

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Eris Hard Anodized Mini Fry Pan/Tadka Pan
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Eris Hard Anodized Mini Fry Pan/Tadka Pan

Deep with a long handle that will protect your hands and face from any splatters during cooking, this small frying pan is mainly used for heating oil and condiments. Lori Bogedin, chef and culinary expert at Twigs Cafe in Pennsylvania recommends it. "This is an excellent tool for Indian cuisine because most Indian dishes end with a finishing touch of spiced oil or Tarka, and the Tarka needs to be heated to bring out the spices' flavors," Bogedin says. "Since it is a deeper pan, the spices are heated evenly, and you only need a little oil to cook it," she adds.

Buy it: $16; Amazon

Tera 18/8 Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle with Brush
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Tera 18/8 Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle with Brush

"A mortar and pestle is an essential kitchen tool that grinds pastes and fragrant blends of spices for masala chai, and most Indian chefs usually prefer freshly grounded spices for their dishes because it makes them tastier and flavorful," explains Vicky Cano, chef and recipe developer at Mealfan. "However, I prefer stainless steel because it is easily washable and can quickly remove the pungent smell of garlic," she says. Grind spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole black pepper, ginger, and garlic.

Buy it: $23; Amazon

Vinod Legacy Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Kadai
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Vinod Stainless Steel Idli Maker

"An idli maker is a must-have tool if you are in awe of Indian cuisine, since you can make any type of idlis in it, especially idli dosa and idli sambar," says Vicky Cano. Idli dosa and idli sambar are the two most popular dishes in Indian cuisine, especially in South India, and you can pair the dish with a nice coconut chutney, if preferred. Idli maker molds are travel-friendly as well.

Buy it: $50; Amazon

Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder
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Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder

Grinding fresh spices will elevate any Indian dish. "I grind cloves, coriander seeds, and even some nuts to use as a topping on my dishes," says Laura Ritterman, chef and owner of Recipe Fairy. Plus, it's compact, so it'll sit nicely on your kitchen counter top.

Buy it: $40; Amazon

Boondi Jhaara
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Boondi Jhaara

"An essential for Indian cooking at home, a jhaara is a slotted metal spoon with a long handle that I use to flip food when I am deep frying, and helps to drain the oil when I pick the food up out of the pot," says Laura Ritterman. She uses it to make Pakoras, Samosas, and desserts, like Jalebi.

Buy it: $25; Amazon