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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