Don't Want To Slave In The Kitchen? Get An Electric Pressure Cooker

Why this one-pot wonder may just be the kitchen appliance you need

Mohini Mehrotra Published Jun 16, 2020 20:04:48 IST
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No matter how big a cooking enthusiast you may be, standing next to the stove, stirring that curry for hours until it gets the right consistency can send even the most mild-mannered cooks into a tizzy. And, if you are also managing office duties and other home chores, it can get difficult to prepare traditional meals that require a lot of time and attention. That is why an electric cooker could just be the kitchen lifesaver you need. Here is everything you need to know about this smart gadget:

How does it work

Electric pressure cookers or multi-cookers, as they are called, work on the simple premise of heating the food inside a sealed pot so that the steam doesn’t escape. Without an escape route, the steam build-up creates pressure, which helps cook the food. This type of steam cooking is way faster than the traditional stovetop cooking and safer too.

How to use

You can adjust the pressure and temperature and programme the pot based on your cooking need—for simmering, steaming, braising, slow cooking, warming, rice cooking and so on. Essentially, all you need to do is put in the ingredients into the pot, add water, select the pressure-cooking programme and duration and the electric pressure cooker does the rest for you. With a host of pre-set options, you can make just about anything in no time at all.

Choose the right size

Electric cookers come in various capacities to cater to families big and small. While a mini cooker of 1-litre capacity is good enough for two people and perfect for smaller spaces, a 3-5 litre capacity is ideal for a family of four or five people. Go for a 6-8-litre capacity if you have a big family or like to cook for a large bunch of people often. A big pot is also ideal for those who like to cook whole meats, such as chicken and turkey, as it can easily accommodate the food.

Hands-free cooking

Totally safe to use and easy to operate, electric pressure cookers work fast and don’t consume a lot of energy. And since you are not required to stand and monitor anything, there’s so much more you can do while the food’s cooking, such as reading your favourite book, playing with your little one, or finishing some office chores. 

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