10 Things you will Only Find in a Desi Household

You can take the Desi out of South Asia but you can’t take the South Asian out the Desi. Here are 10 things true Desis have in their household.

10 Things you will Only Find in a Desi Household

What’s in that plastic bag? Oh, another bag.

If nothing else, you know the one thing you’ll have in common with your fellow British Desis are the objects in your home.

Whether it’s an endless supply of plastic bags, ice cream tubs full of sabzi or plastic covered remote controls.

Everyone has them, but no one seems to know why.

DESIblitz explores the 10 most popular Desi household objects.

Plastic bags in bags


What’s in that plastic bag? Oh, another bag.

What’s in that bag? Oh, it’s another plastic bag. You get the picture.

However, these bags full of bags don’t seem to have been getting any bigger since the 5p charge. Wonder why?

Ice cream tub with frozen food in


After a long hard day all you want to do is stuff your face with ice cream. You pull out the chocolate flavoured tub. Oh wait, that’s saag. Again.

After paying £3 for a tub, you wouldn’t be a Desi if you didn’t make sure you got your money’s worth.

You do get other varieties too in the recycled tubs you find in our freezers: frozen garlic, ginger and of course chillies, daal, samosas and kebabs from a party and the list goes on. Who said we Desi people are not good at recycling?

Biscuit tin full of sewing equipment


This is normally in a fancy biscuit box that your family received as a Christmas present over 10 years ago.

Obviously, a box this fancy can’t go to waste.

Once again you think there’s a tasty snack for you to eat, only to be faced with the same disappointment. Every time.

An endless supply of atta bags


In case there’s an atta shortage, which tends to be caused by the roti to person ratio in a large Desi family, more than one atta bag is a frequent sight.

Also, remember they were on offer as 2 for 1, so of course, it’ll be stupid not to get 6 and store them in the pantry.

They also complement your massive tawa nicely.

Stainless steel glasses and dishes

10 Things you will Only Find in a Desi Household

Be it stainless steel glasses, bowls and thalis (trays) or pranths (large bowls for atta), these  are commonly seen in a Desi household.

Desi love for metal is obviously strong.

Most common are the glasses. Water is drunk out of them usually by the elders or they are used for decor in the kitchen.

If you look in a cupboard, you will find them.

Too many oversized cooking pots


Again, this pot doesn’t fit it any of your cupboards so it’s just been sitting on your hob ever since you moved in.

But you never know, one day a burst of all your relatives, even the ones you don’t know, will turn up for dinner. Just in case.

Thick blankets


There are those that are always used for lying on the sofa and there are those that never seem to get used, still wrapped up, and no one really knows why they’re there, but they are.

More than likely saved for the “special guests” who never seem to actually arrive.

Plastic covers on the sofa


Plus anything else that you can psychically get plastic covering on.

You wouldn’t want to get a stain on that 15-year-old new sofa.

Not to mention the awkward noise anytime anyone ever sits down.

Plastic covered remote controls

10 Things you will Only Find in a Desi Household

Yes, it doesn’t matter if you have a 50-inch television or a 32-inch, remote controls must be protected from hands and fingers.

Could the theory be that we like to change channels a lot when we are having roti and curry?

Or is it we just want the remote to outlast the TV?

Bottle or jug (lota) in the bathroom

10 Things you will Only Find in a Desi Household

As tradition has it, many Desi households still go by watered hygiene of the rear.

Therefore, there is the need to a bottle or jug near the toilet to fill with water and use when the time is right.

Despite, toilet paper still being present.

Endless supply of men’s shirts in storage

10 Things you will Only Find in a Desi Household

That collection of men’s shirts hoarded over the years to give at weddings.

Usually, of the popular white colour and stored on top of cupboards or in the attic.

More are added to the collection when a family wedding takes place.

Although these things may cause endless amounts and frustration and arguments, a house just wouldn’t be a Desi home without them.

Kiesha is a journalism graduate who enjoys writing, music, tennis and chocolate. Her motto is: “Don’t give up on your dreams so soon, sleep longer.”

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