There are a number of kitchen helpers used in the Indian kitchens from the very beginning. These items help in the preparation of the ingredients before the actual cooking process begins. Cutting, chopping, grinding, extruding, squeezing, stirring are some of the many processes that are required for preparing different food items in the Indian cuisine. Since their functions are unique, there are no substitutes to these helpers. Through time they have become refined in their forms and their functions. There also have been changes in the materials used, and the manufacturing processes adopted over the times. These items also lend the unique identity and flavour to whatever they help prepare.