Friends keep asking me how I manage to cook when we travel and also how do we manage to cook in a small rice cooker for a family of four? Cooking in a dorm room or while traveling involves planning since cooking time, number of cooking utensils, serving dishes, availability of fresh food and managing them, the weight of luggage are some of the things to be considered.
In the above pictures you can see 2 types of electric rice cookers-
The one on your right is a small one with aluminium pan of 2 cup capacity. It does not come with a steamer. We bought an extra pan from the same company to make cooking easier. It is handy when you travel.
Second rice cooker to your left has a non-stick pan of 3-cup capacity (so no need to buy a spare pan) and a steamer. This is ideal for dorm cooking or as an accompaniment to other appliances in your kitchen.
There are more meals out there to be made in a rice cooker than you would think! Here are a few that I tried out myself: soups, coffee, tea, boiling milk, porridge, custard, carrot halwa, upma, vermicelli pulav, soups, kadhi, sambhar, dal fry, vegetable stir-fry, scrambled eggs, mac n cheese, noodles, various flavoured rice like pulav, lemon rice and lots more!
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Rice cookers come in various features
A few desirable features you have to check when you buy-
- a 0.6 litre (3 cup) capacity (if you are cooking for 1 or 2 persons using instant mixes)
- a easy to clean non-stick inner pot, with which you can cook or fry as required.
- a glass lid for viewing during use.
- a steaming basket with which you can steam- idlis, vegetables and a variety of other food. It also can be used as an colander.
- insulated handles so you never have to worry about burning yourself.
- a measuring cup don't discard this. Always use this while measuring rice and water, if you add rice in excess it might overflow.
You might also like to check these out given below and many more by going to
top of the page and pressing the tab titled- Cooking for beginners
- Frying in rice cooker
- Toasting nuts in rice cooker
- Steaming in rice cooker
- Boiling pasta in rice cooker
- Boiling eggs in rice cooker
- Scrambled eggs in rice cooker
- Frying pancakes in rice cooker
- Boiling milk in rice cooker
- Cooking rice in rice cooker etc
Check out the some recipes from my other blog- sameveggiemanyways.
You can cook these in rice cooker too.
This masala is used in various gravies and stir-fry.
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