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Flour Sievers (India) and Sifter (US)

Santhi of ‘Me and My Kitchen’ selected “Flour” to feature for August’s JFI Event.

How can we talk about flour, without talking about flour sifters? Two important things I have learned to pay attention when cooking with flours are -

Freshness of flour
Sieving and sifting the flour

Buying freshly milled flour is not possible anymore here where I live, but sieving and sifting is; which helps to break up clumps, to remove foreign matter and also to aerate the flour. Aerated flour is a beautiful thing to work with, mixes easily with liquids and other foods without forming into lumps. At my mother’s home growing up, it was often our (the children’s) duty to sieve the flour for chapatis etc. Needless to say, it was quite an enjoyable task.

I have two sifters. The round one with several discs (to control the fineness of flour) is a traditional flour sifter from India. (My friend who recently moved back to India from US gave it to me). The second one, the traditional flour sifter people use here, I bought it from Pittsburgh flea market few years ago. Both are easy to use and my choice depends on the amount of flour I am using in a recipe.

Flour Sievers and Sifter

Flour sievers (sifters) from India and from US - For this week’s Indian Kitchen

Flour Sievers in different sizes from India

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Indian Kitchen, Indian Utensils (Sunday July 30, 2006 at 11:16 pm- permalink)
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