How to clean an Aluminium Kadai

Have you seen the dishwashing commercials on TV? Do these soaps or powders work for your Aluminium Kadai?

Well, I don’t know about the products, but those ads never worked for me. Actually, it’s not even their fault. These companies are just trying to sell more products in very competitive market.

Fortunately, you can go back to the granny’s old techniques if this type of modern products fail. It doesn’t matter whether you prepare vegetarian sabji or non-vegetarian curry in the Kadai. These tried and tested methods will help in cleaning the stained surface.

However, it’s good to prevent something than looking for cures everywhere. So, here are some useful prevention tips for you –

Tips to prevent your Kadai from Stains

1. Don’t cook the masala base on high flame. Keep the flame on low or medium level as per your preparation stage.

2. If the masala base gets thicker, add some water immediately. It will help dilute the gravy.

3. While preparing dry dishes or sukka/sukha recipes, keep the flame very low in the end and stir gently. This way, the food particles won’t stick on the surface, as veggies or meats release their juices at the bottom.

Tips to clean your Aluminium Kadai

Now, let’s get started with the actual cleaning tips. These tips are also beneficial for other Aluminium equipments like Pressure Cooker, Frying Pan, etc.

Caution – Don’t forget to wash your utensils thoroughly after using the following cleaning methods.

Warm Water –

This is one of the simplest techniques to get rid of slightly tougher stains off your cooking utensil.

  1. Boil 3-4 cups of water in a pot on medium flame.
  2. Pour it on the stained utensil.
  3. Let the water cool down for some time.
  4. Now, use the same lukewarm water to clean the Kadai.

Quite simple, right?

You can also use this well known trick for other tools. Just make sure that the water isn’t very hot while cleaning.

Lemon Juice and Water –

The simple water trick may not work all the time. You will need more effective solution to deal with your greasy wok.

The following technique gives far more better results as compared to plain water. So, do check it out:

  1. When you have removed food from the Kadai, wash it gently with water.
  2. Then, boil 1-2 cups of water in it along with some lemon juice.

That’s pretty much it! Now, throw the warm lemon water in the sink and wash your Kadai with regular soap or powder.

White Vinegar and Water –

This combination should be your next option if the hot lemon-water trick fails. The acetic acid present in Vinegar works like wonder for the greasy utensils.

The procedure to prepare this solution is not much different from lemon-water trick. Follow the same steps to get the desired result.

Note – You may also apply the distilled white Vinegar directly on the sticky substances. It will soften them quickly.

Flour, Salt and Vinegar –

There is another way you can use Vinegar to clean the Aluminium Kadai. It requires more ingredients and time.

Here’s how it should be done:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add flour and salt in equal proportions.
  2. Add some Vinegar in this mixture and make a paste out of it.
  3. Apply this paste thoroughly on both the sides of your Kadai. Keep it for few minutes.
  4. Rinse the utensil with hot water.


Cream of Tartar –

Cream of Tartar, also known as Potassium bitartrate, is a commonly used ingredient in baking dishes. It also does a great job in cleaning the Aluminium tools.

Let’s learn to make it work for our Indian Kadai cleaning process:

  1. Heat some water in the stained Kadai for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add the cream of Tartar (1 tablespoon) in it and stir gently.
  3. Switch off the flame and let the water cool down for few minutes.
  4. When the surface becomes nice and clean, wash it with regular dishwashing powder.

Baking Soda –

Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate is a proven remedy for dirty Silver and Aluminium tools. The experts, who work in the related industries, always recommend it to clean the stubborn stains from such materials.

If you want to try it with your Kadai or Pressure Cooker, follow these steps:

Note – The excessive use of Baking Soda may cause discoloration of your Aluminium tool.

  1. Sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of Baking Soda on the surface.
  2. Scrub the surface with warm water.
  3. If there is no stain in the Kadai, wash it again with dishwashing soap.

This trick should be your last option, as Aluminium reacts quickly with Sodium Bicarbonate. Try it on the old kitchen tools and see how it works.


There are numerous ways to get back the shininess to your beloved Kadai, but do not experiment if you’re not really sure of the end results. Always remember, you’re going to cook in the same utensil next time.

In the above post, I have shared all the natural ways of cleaning the Aluminium Kadai. The ingredients used in these tips will certainly give you the best results. So, don’t even think of using unknown chemicals or products.

Alright, let’s wrap this post here now.

Do you know any other useful method? Please do share with us in the comment section. I’d love to feature it in this blog post with due credit.

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