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I am from Kerala, India. I am going to Poland (Krakow) next week for long term stay. In our style of cooking, pressure cookers and powerful mixer grinders (for grinding rice, red chillies etc, not for juices) are very important accessories. I have heard from sources that pressure cookers and mixer grinders are generally not available in Europe and Poland

What is the reality about this ?

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I can't speak for all Europe and it's not definitly the first think I look for when travelling around. but I pay attention if I see a cooking devices shop. It's not widely available in "any corner" but these devices are not hard to find. –  nsn Feb 7 at 8:42
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Pressure cookers are considered a bit old-fashioned but can still be found. Automatic rice cookers are also less common than in some other places but not hard to come by. Note that in the worse case you can, easily and legally, order just about everything from Germany or the UK to Poland (i.e. for personal use there are no import duties or extra taxes and delivery costs are completely bearable). Finding some fresh ingredients is likely to be more challenging. –  Relaxed Feb 7 at 9:45
    
@Annoyed thanks for the info . "Pressure cookers are considered a bit old-fashioned" - what is modern then ? –  binithb Feb 7 at 10:22
    
And what about heavy duty mixer grinders ? at our place 700 watts mixer grinders are common but I hear that in Europe the mixers are mostly for making juices –  binithb Feb 7 at 10:23
    
What's wrong about using a 700w to make juice? You can even use a 1000w for this ... –  PERSONA NON GRATA Feb 7 at 10:41

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For some reasons pressure cookers are not so popular in Poland. It might be related to bad fame they've got following some accidents decades ago. However, they are making their comeback and it's possible to buy them. You can use meta-search to look for "szybkowar", for example http://www.ceneo.pl/Szybkowary. This is mainly for buying on-line, but many of these stores are physical stores (for example Saturn, Media-Markt, EURO).

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The reality is that you will find these devices in Europe. You will have to go to specialised stores, but they are not hard to find, especially in big cities.

Krakow has several shopping malls. There is even one with a "Media Markt", an electronics superstore with a quite large range of products.

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