I have been trying to learn Indian cooking recently, and am interested in buying some equipment (blender/food processor/etc) so I can make more types of dishes. I have been researching different products all day, but I'm still not sure what is most suitable. Here are some video recipes for dishes that I'd like to make. For each, I have given a time where he uses a blender/food processor.
@ 3:50, he makes a fine powder out of some spices with a food processor
@2:31 he makes a paste with a food processor
@1:18 he uses a blender to grind roasted spices
@3:00 he uses a blender to grind a bunch of spices
Here are some specific questions:
1. In these applications, is it necessary to use specifically a blender or a food processor, or are they interchangeable in these cases?
2. Will the whole spices damage the blades of either one?
3. Can I do all of the things in those recipes with a single appliance? Or do I need to get both?
4. I had considered this food processor. Would it be appropriate? http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-FP-12...
5. I would also like to make ginger/garlic paste. Is this a job for a food processor or blender?
6. I've heard that Indian blenders/food processors process food differently than ones available in the US. Will the common brands available in the US (Cuisinart, Kitchenaid, etc) be effective for Indian food?
7. I've read in a lot of places that coffee grinders are the best thing for grinding spices, but in many of the Indian recipe videos, they seem to use a food processor or blender. Is there really a reason to have a coffee grinder in addition to the other appliances?
I know I've asked a lot of questions... any bit of help would be greatly appreciated!