Rice Cookers – A New Addition to the Kitchen

Oct 13, 14 Rice Cookers – A New Addition to the Kitchen

A rice cooker is one of those devices which will just blow your mind away if you have never used it. It saves a lot of time in everyday life. It automates the cooking process to a great extent. A whole lot of dishes can be cooked with minimal supervision.

Almost anything that can be boiled can be cooked in a rice cooker. Take rice for instance. The regular way of cooking rice is to take a pot with rice and double the amount of water. This pot is then kept on stove to boil. We have to constantly keep an eye to make sure that the water isnt boiling too hard and is hence not spilling over. After a while, we have to go and check if the rice is cooked. We know that it wont be cooked because we are there to only check the status. Then we decide to leave it for another 3 minutes and then we have to go back and check and then turn off the stove. So, all-in-all, we wasted 15 minutes of our time.

But, with a rice cooker, the process is greatly simplified. Put rice with double the amount of water. Turn it on. And forget about it. Come back after 15 minutes and rice will be cooked. The rice cooker would have automatically switched off and guess what, it would have changed to keep warm mode. Just imagine how much time it will save and let yo do other activities in parallel.

How does an electric cooker work

An electric cooker works by automatically turning off when all of the water in the pot is used up. When water evaporates from the pot, the temperature in the pot increases. This tells the temperature sensor that its time to turn off the cooking. So, the electric cooker turns off and prevents the contents from burning. The temperature sensor constantly monitors the temperature so that the rice does not get cold. It switches to keep warm mode and keeps the contents warm. This mode is cycled where is switches between On and Off at regular intervals.

What can I cook in a rice cooker?

You can cook almost anything that can be boiled. Many rice cookers come with a steam plate on top. When rice cooks in the bottom, the steam produced in not wasted and is used to cook fish or other veggies. Some things you can make in a rice cooker are:

  • Cook Rice and pasta
  • Pulav and masala (spicy) rice
  • Steam fish, chicken or vegetables
  • Maggi
  • All curries can be boiled (not cooked – because curries are water based)
  • Upma
  • Boiled eggs

How do I buy them?

There are many factors which decide how good a rice cooker is. First of all, its the size. Rice cookers have two measurements for size – before and after. The capacity is measured in “cups” or “litres”. Based on your rice consumption and also how many guests you entertain, buy the rice cooker with the cup size you prefer. A 4 cup rice cooker will cook for 2 people and a 10 cup for around 5 – 6. Rice cookers also come with high levels of automation such as auto cooking, cooking with delayed time, cook later, keep warm and a whole lotta features. They also have varying Wattage ratings. Higher the rating, faster the cooking process.

To simplify your buying process based on all factors, check out best rice cookers. The site features detailed comparisions of the top 5 rice cookers in India. It also contains detailed reviews on individual rice cookers which help you make informed decision on the best rice cooker to buy. cozyindianhome.com is a website that contains detailed reviews of all the top products in India that every household requires.

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Pregnancy Signs

Jul 22, 14 Pregnancy Signs

The first signs of pregnancy start showing up in the first weeks following the conception. Some of these signs you will experience might be nausea, dizziness, and mood swings, etc.

Are you really pregnant? The correct answer to this question is hidden in the pregnancy test. However, missing a period might be the most significant symptom of the pregnancy. Some women experience the early signs of the pregnancy in the first few weeks of the pregnancy following the conception. Therefore, you should know the first symptoms of pregnancy.

Common signs of pregnancy

Missed period might be followed by some other early signs including;

  • Nausea may/may not cause vomiting: The reason of the nausea during pregnancy is not clear yet, but the pregnancy hormones are most likely the effective reasons causing nausea. Some kinds of smells which never gave hard time to the pregnant women before the pregnancy might cause nausea.
  • Increased urination: Pregnant woman might start going to the restroom more than regular time in the first few weeks after conception.
  •  Tiredness: Feeling tired is one of the major symptoms of pregnancy. The hormone called progesterone plays an important role on fatigue. This hormone makes you feel sleepy.
  • Aversions or cravings: Some foods might come to you disgusting, and you might not want to eat or even smell that food as a result of aversion when you are pregnant. On the other hand, cravings are experienced by almost all pregnant women. Aversions and cravings might also be attributed the hormonal changes during pregnancy.

Some other symptoms of pregnancy

The symptoms mentioned above are called the early symptoms of pregnancy, but they are not the only ones. A pregnant woman might also experience the following symptoms:

  • Mood Swings: You might be more emotional and feel sad during pregnancy. No worries, that’s so normal in pregnancy. The hormonal changes in your body will make you have more or less a different life from the one you had before pregnancy.
  • Dizziness: Your blood vessels will get wider during pregnancy, and it will cause a decrease in your blood pressure. Therefore, you might sometimes feel dizzy.
  • Constipation: Constipation is also one of the symptoms of pregnancy. Your digestive system might slow down which can cause constipation.

In addition to those symptoms mentioned above, your basal body temperature might also be an indicative for pregnancy.Basal body temperature is defined the body temperature when you first wake up in the morning. Your basal body temperature increases slowly up to a certain level after ovulation and stays there till the next period. If you make a chart to follow your basal body temperature and see an elevation for more than two weeks, you might be pregnant.

Are all these symptoms enough to say that you are pregnant?

The basic answer to this question is “no” because these signs are not unique to pregnancy. You might be getting sick so that you are experiencing these symptoms. If you experience the symptoms mentioned above, we suggest you take a home pregnancy test. If the result is positive, you should make an appointment with your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.

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