Right Next to the Stove

In the cupboard next to the stove and above the spices we keep all the bottles that make for juicy cooking. Somehow this cupboard keeps getting fuller and fuller!


  • Olive Oil – We use this for everything.
  • Coconut Oil – This is how we deep fry. Also used in anything that a little hint of coconut sounds good with. I think it is the healthiest oil to cook with.
  • Sesame Oil – LOVE sesame oil! It is so good in Asian dressings and stir fries.
  • Mustard Oil – Used in acharijhal moodi, and Bengali cooking.


Vinegars & Cooking Wine

  • White Vinegar – Especially for marinating onions as a Indian condiment. Also used in achari and other dishes.
  • Rice Vinegar – Good vinegar for Asian dressings and other Asian dishes.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – For salad dressings and glazes. Oh and great with extra virgin olive oil and a crusty loaf of bread.
  • Red Wine Vinegar – Great for salads.
  • Black Vinegar – Great for Chinese dipping sauces. I tried a random brand and found it totally unpalatable, so ended up ordering Chinkiang Vinegar on Amazon. I don’t know if it is the real deal, but it tastes 10 times better to my palate!
  • Apple Vinegar – Great in dressings and other recipes.
  • Rice Wine – For Chinese dishes.
  • Mirin – Japanese sweet rice wine.


  • Pomegranate Molasses (here)- I can eat this stuff from the bottle! I’ve used it in this Fesenjan.
  • Liquid Smoke (hickory) – A drop for a smokey flavor.
  • Vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce – Great little ingredient for random recipes.

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