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Wok/stir fry pan - nonreactive

I would love some advice. I live in the Delhi area now, and am learning to cook some North Indian dishes. My in-laws are Rajasthani and use aluminum kadai pots as their go-to equipment. I think this is a more modern idea, not a traditional one.

I've been using a heavy aluminum kadai myself, but I have some concerns. One is that the surface is just plain aluminum and I am wary of getting aluminum in my food, especially because tomatoes are in virtually every dish. I'm also wary of said tomatoes harming the surface of the aluminum. This has already happened with my aluminum pressure cooker.

What is something I could use in place of the kadai that is non reactive with acidic foods, doesn't stick, distributed heat well, and doesn't cause me to ingest lots of metal?

My limited research into carbon steel woks and cast iron woks is that they are reactive.

Is there some kind of stainless steel wok/kadai shaped cooking utensil that would work? Available in India or the US? (I'm making a trip to the US soon.)

Many thanks in advance!

Oct 09, 2013
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Indian cookware

I would love some advice. I live in the Delhi area now, and am learning to cook some North Indian dishes. My in-laws are Rajasthani and use aluminum kadai pots as their go-to equipment. I think this is a more modern idea, not a traditional one.

I've been using a heavy aluminum kadai myself, but I have some concerns. One is that the surface is just plain aluminum and I am wary of getting aluminum in my food, especially because tomatoes are in virtually every dish. I'm also wary of said tomatoes harming the surface of the aluminum. This has already happened with my aluminum pressure cooker.

What is something I could use in place of the kadai that is non reactive with acidic foods, doesn't stick, distributed heat well, and doesn't cause me to ingest lots of metal?

My limited research into carbon steel woks and cast iron woks is that they are reactive.

Is there some kind of stainless steel wok/kadai shaped cooking utensil that would work? Available in India or the US? (I'm making a trip to the US soon.)

Many thanks in advance!

Oct 08, 2013
Monksmonks in India & South Asia

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Thanks for the update, annmorris! I will keep this in mind for the future. We have since decided to go to the Virgin Islands for our honeymoon since we only have 5 days for it, but will definitely go to Costa Rica before kids enter the picture. (so in the next year or so.)

We are picky, too, so it is a big help.

Jan 30, 2012
Monksmonks in Latin America & Caribbean

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Thanks for posting this, annmorris. My fiance and I are also really interested to hear replies on this subject. When are you going?

Dec 31, 2011
Monksmonks in Latin America & Caribbean