The Preethi is Here, and She’s Beautiful!

It came today! The Preethi came today–and I am itching to put her through her paces.

Yeah, I personify my tools–and this one seems to be very femail to me. It may be the shapes of the three jars–yes, THREE jars! Or it may be the name of the company, Preethi, which sounds feminine to me, and is a rather pretty sounding name at that, but for whatever reason, this new wet/dry grinder/mixie (which I can apparently use to churn my own butter!!!!) is a female.

I think I am going to name her Lakshmi–after the Goddess of abundance, prosperity, generosity and courage–I have a small statuette of Lakshmi in my kitchen, near my statue of Ganesha. (I named my rice cooker after Ganesha, btw.)

I have been reading the instruction manual, but have not yet viewed the instructional DVD–yeah, a DVD. Maybe it will demonstrate the churning of butter. (Mmmm–butter made from our own local Snowville Creamery cream!)

I think I am going to love the three different sizes of jars–one of the problems I always had with the Sumeet was that it wasn’t quite big enough to do a really large batch of Thai curry paste or a whole lot of browned onions for a big batch of Indian curry. I like that I can choose which size jar I need for grinding or mixing or churning whatever it is I am working on. There are ones big enough to do idli or dosa batter–which is great–that means I can finally learn to make these South Indian treats!

Look for a full report soon after I have had a chance to put Lakshmi through her paces–until then, happy cooking!


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  1. Lovely! You’ll have to try her out for other tasks as well. I wonder how she’d do at making baby food or smoothies. Our blender died shortly before my partner gave me a workhorse of a Cuisinart Food Processor, so I didn’t bother replacing the blender and rely on the cuisinart for everything. I do have trouble getting smoothies completely smooth though (but not enough to buy a new blender!).

    Comment by De in D.C. — July 16, 2009 #

  2. Preethi is indeed a popular girl name in India, so it is a “she” 🙂

    Congratulations on this acquisition- these mixies are wonderful for making so many Indian dishes.

    Comment by Nupur — July 16, 2009 #

  3. My Sumeet came with three jars that look very much like those. But those look sturdier than what I have. Enjoy, enjoy!

    Comment by Diane — July 16, 2009 #

  4. Can I ask where you ordered it from? My local markets never seem to have that quality and I have been looking for one.

    Comment by jo — July 17, 2009 #

  5. Barbara, Where did you get your preethi from? My husband “bought” me a sumeet for my birthday but it is out of stock. I am now thinking I may want a preethi instead. Thanks.

    Comment by Amy D. — July 17, 2009 #

  6. Yes,Preethi is a girl’s name-it means “love” 🙂
    Oh yes-it’ll be a treat to make idli/dosa batters in that.BTW,in South India you get a grinder esp. for batters-you can make bulk quatity’s of batter with that to last the whole week 🙂

    Comment by Sweta — July 17, 2009 #

  7. Amy D. Cancel the order today and get a Preethi instead. Each one of us who has a Sumeet has a saga of months of waiting, and myriad of excuses. I got mine (after a battle) five years ago. I don’t believe anyone who has ordered one in the past few years has had any success actually getting one in hand. Cancel it – get it taken off your credit card as an illegitimate expense if they won’t refund it directly – and get something else!

    Comment by Diane — July 17, 2009 #

  8. Amy, I am with Diane–cancel your order and try to get your money back! Back when I bought my Sumeet–my husband ordered it for my for Christmas, and it was sent from India. It took about two weeks to get to me, but they customer service folks he spoke with on the phone were very helpful, and nice, and for over twelve years, the Sumeet worked like a charm.

    I wrote about it extensively here, and then, I started hearing from readers, like Diane, who ordered them and were given the run-around by the company. I then started seeing reviews of Sumeet on Indian message boards that said that the quality had gone downhill and the company either wasn’t making Sumeet anymore or had flooded or burned down or something and at any rate–other brands were suggested–such as the Preethi.

    A friend here in Athens who is from Chennai said that she and her mother both use Preethi, and they swore by them—so after reading the reviews, that is why I decided to get this one.

    Perfect Peninsula, which is in Texas, is where I ordered mine. I ordered on Sunday, and the Preethi came on Thursday.

    Here is the web address:

    Comment by Barbara — July 17, 2009 #

  9. I was wondering if you could comment on your choice of the Eco Plus vs the Blue Leaf and whatever other options you might have considered. One of these is definitely going on my xmas wish list (how did I not know about wet dry grinders??!?) and I am overwhelmed by the choices! Would love your input from that perspective.

    Comment by Laura — July 18, 2009 #

  10. Laura–when I write the review for the Eco Plus, I will explain my thought processes on why I chose it. The review should be coming up Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

    Comment by Barbara — July 18, 2009 #

  11. Nice looking machine. 🙂

    Not sure if you knew this, but you can churn butter with just a jar and preferably, some energetic kids to shake it for you.

    The Preethi would probably be faster, but low tech can be fun too! Homemade butter tastes great, you can salt and herb it as you like.

    Comment by Julian — July 20, 2009 #

  12. Yeah, Julian–I have made butter that way, which is why I am more enticed by high-tech butter. 😉

    I am really excited to take local cream from grass-fed cows, turn it into butter, and then–make my own ghee. Who knows, I may turn it into a cottage industry here in Athens–we already have folks taking that same milk and turning it into fresh mozzarella, yogurt and sour cream for sale, so maybe I should take on butter and ghee.

    Comment by Barbara — July 20, 2009 #

  13. Preethi mixer grinder is sold out to philips.

    Comment by Suchithra Menon — February 2, 2011 #

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