Do you often wonder how to make use of that “electric cooker” lying in the corner of your kitchen cabinet? Are you aware of the fact that, “food cooked in electric cookers are healthy, hygienic and long-standing than traditional methods of cooking?
Check out how you can cook rice as well as use electric cooker to meal prep other favorite dishes for the week!
Cooking rice traditionally in a pot always requires constant attention to ensure that the rice is cooked properly, and not burnt. Electric cookers automate the process by mechanically or electronically controlling the heat and the timing thereby, freeing the heating element on the cooking range that had to be otherwise occupied for cooking rice.
Although the electric cookers do not necessarily speed up the cooking process, but our involvement in cooking rice is reduced to simply measuring the rice, preparing the rice properly, and using the correct amount of water. And once the electric cooker is set, it will cook the rice with no further attention.
Most modern electric cookers are equipped with a stay-warm or keep-warm feature, which keeps the rice at an optimal temperature for serving without over-cooking it.
HOW TO COOK RICE:
Measure the correct amount of rice and place it in a bowl. Rinse the rice until the water turns clear. Transfer the rice from the bowl to the inner pan of your electric cooker. Add water to the electric cooker pan. Place the pan inside your electric cooker and close the top. You can also add spices, oil, or butter at this step. Plugin your electric cooker and turn the cooker on. Most cookers have a light at the front to show when the unit is on.
When your rice is cooked, the cooker will notify you by turning off the light, flipping the switch up, or making a ‘click’ sound. Once your rice is cooked, let it rest for at least 15 minutes in the ‘Keep Warm’ mode before serving. This will let any excess moisture to evaporate and allow your rice to absorb the water. You can make all varieties of pulav, fried rice, and even your favorite chicken biryani.
The rice made in the electric cooker is healthier than normal boiled rice. It is rich in protein, carbohydrate, minerals, and other vitamins present in rice. The rice cooked in an electric cooker is also free from any fungal infection in stored rice.
7 OTHER WAYS TO USE ELECTRIC COOKER:
1. MAKE BREAKFAST:
To make oatmeal or other hot cereals, add a little less milk or water than you would for stove-top cooking. Add some chopped nuts and dried fruits. The ‘keep warm’ function will keep food from getting cold and gooey; perfect for days when everyone gets up at a different time. You can also make momos, modaks, idiyappam, idli, puttu, upma, poha, and other steamed breakfasts.
2. BOIL EGGS:
To make eggs in your electric cooker, just add one cup of water into the rice container, and then place eggs in your steamer basket. Cook for 12-14 minutes for soft-boiled eggs and 17-20 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.
3. COOK VEGGIES:
With the help of an electric cooker, you can easily prepare steamed vegetables. Put all your favorite vegetables in the steaming basket or directly in the pot and steam the vegetables to perfection. You can also put these vegetables on top of the rice you are cooking, which is a healthy alternative for fried rice. You can also make slow-cooked soups, beans, or even stews.
4. BOIL CHICKEN:
Add just enough water to barely cover the chicken and stir. Close the lid of the cooker set the cooker for the regular rice setting, and press the start button. When the timer goes off, uncover and stir the chicken. Set timer and cook for another 10 minutes, switch the cooker to the keep-warm setting. You can make chicken soup/curry, chicken biryani in the electric cooker.
5. ROAST POPCORN:
Pour a tablespoon full of oil into the electric cooker along with a few kernels of corn. When you hear the kernels in the cooker pop, CAREFULLY open the lid and add a few more corn kernels about enough to cover half the bottom of the electric cooker to a depth of one kernel.
Add a small amount of salt to the water in the cooker, cover it with a lid, and switch on the button. Allow the water to boil and add some portion of uncooked pasta/noodles. Remember the pasta/noodles will double so be very careful when adding in the cooker. Leave the pasta/noodles to cook for about 4-10 minutes depending on the type.
7. BAKE CAKES
Place flour, sugar, and eggs into a bowl and whisk together while adding milk a little at a time until it incorporates all ingredients. Pour cake mixture into the bowl of the electric cooker and set the cooker. If you have an automatic electric cooker, you may need to push the button down 2-3 times until it cooks your cake. Cook until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean or the cake has a smooth, dry surface. This should take around 20-25 minutes. Slice and serve with berries and ice cream or maple syrup.
You can even make tea and coffee in the electric cooker. To make coffee, cover the electric cooker bowl with water, about 2 inches high. Take a bowl of milk and place it inside the electric cooker. Close it. Turn the electric cooker setting to cook. It may take around 12-15 minutes for the milk to boil. Take a cup, add coffee powder and sugar. Keep it ready. After 12-15 minutes approx., the steam will emerge from the electric cooker. Take precaution, the milk will be hot. Mix the milk with coffee powder and sugar. Stir it till you get the froth. Serve hot. You can also follow this method to prepare a hot cup of tea.