Replicate Tia Mowry's one-pot curry with chef-approved cookware picks from $60

Hungry? Tia Mowry's one-pot curry inspired some serious kitchen projects for us

Spice Kitchenware Teal Dutch Oven next to Tia Mowry in a blue suit
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Tia Mowry's one-pot curry tutorial on Instagram gives us a hankering for cozy dinners, particularly delicious one-pot recipes that don't require excessive work or messy countertops.  

The actor and founder of Spice kitchenware makes the case for these types of meals, not only thanks to her creamy curry, but the ease this method presents. Anything that can save time and energy yet still yield tasty results is perfectly fine in our book. 

Now that we're also dreaming of curry, and perhaps a nice risotto, we've elicited the help of chefs and foodies to guide us toward the proper cookware and methods for making one-pot meals even easier in our small kitchen. Ready to start simmering?

In her video, Tia is working with her line's adorable teal nonstick Dutch oven, a go-to cookware choice when one-pot recipes are concerned. They're beloved because they're large enough to suit a recipe's needs, they offer a non-stick finish, and they're often oven-safe, depending on the brand and model. Ah, the versatility!

But make no mistake: a Dutch oven might streamline the process, but "one-pot" does not grant chefs permission to be lazy. 

"Organization is key," says Lauren Allen of Tastes Better from Scratch, a recipe blog turned published cookbook. "Make sure to prepare and measure out all your ingredients before starting so everything is ready to go. This will prevent you from discovering midway through that you're missing something crucial."

You'll also want to take note of the types of meals you're looking to prepare and how to get them ready for dinnertime. 

"It's important to keep in mind if the one pot dish requires time on the stove and in the oven," says Liz Trementozzi, creator of Simple Italian Cooking. "If this is the case, then consider things such as weight, size, and if it has a lid. How easy will it be to move from one place to another? Will the contents be prone to spill out if it contains a lot of liquid?" 

If you're health conscious and more likely to opt for the best non-toxic cookware, nutritionist Sarah Herringtonis in favor of ceramic cookware, as cast iron options can potentially leach allergens and metals into food. And lastly, before dining on your cozy final product in a small eat-in kitchen, you need to get the right accessories out for assistance.  

"If you’re making a big meal, your pot will most likely be deep, so it’s important to have the proper tools to execute the recipe," says restaurant owner Frank Brusco. "I recommend having long-handled tongs, spatulas, spoons, etc."

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Lauren Allen
Lauren Allen

Born out of her desire to share treasured homemade family recipes online, Lauren Allen’s Tastes Better from Scratch blog grew from a side project into a go-to recipe resource and newly released cookbook. Her mission is to bring the joy back to cooking.

Liz Krause
Liz Trementozzi

Liz Krause is a food blogger who takes the concept of creating easy and delicious Italian recipes and turns them into realities on her blog,

Frank Brusco
Frank Brusco

Frank Brusco's is the owner three New Jersey dining hotspots: Gabriella's,  Patricia's, and Over Easy Kitchen, and he knows a thing or two about what works well in the kitchen. 

Sarah Herrington
Sarah Herrington

With over 10 years of experience in the health space, Sarah Lili Herrington brings a holistic and sustainable perspective to nutritional counseling. She is a nutritionist at Brio-Medical. In addition to 1-on-1 nutritional counseling, Sarah has collaborated on international nutrition, agroecology, and sustainability research projects.

Planning on cooking up other delicious meals while you're stuck inside this winter? We have just the idea for you, with pasta à  la Stanley Tucci. We spoke to chefs about the essential accessories you need to serve up your best bowl yet.

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.