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Getting the Most Out of a Rice Cooker

Updated: Jan 20


An automatic kitchen device used to steam or boil rice is a rice cooker. It has a heating element, a cooking dish, and a thermostat. The heat is managed by the thermostat, which also gauges the temperature of the frying bowl. Complex, high-tech rice cookers might have more sensors and other parts, and they might serve multiple purposes. In contrast to modern rice cookers, the basic rice cooker was created in Japan in the early 1920s.


The dependable and inexpensive rice cooker we have today was developed gradually. Thankfully, the modern rice cooker was released on the world market after many years of trial and error. India has had contemporary rice cookers since the 2000s. Nevertheless, they weren't as widespread as they are now. Today, a rice cooker is a common countertop appliance and is a great addition to the bustling home chef's kitchen.


This humble appliance is however one of the most tragically overlooked kitchen appliances known to mankind. In an era when home cooks are focusing on kitchen instruments with multiple obvious uses, like woks, slow cookers, and food processors, the rice cooker seems to be shunned for its name alone.


That's not fair.


Rice cookers, despite their name, are powerful multitaskers. Try these rice cooker recipes that don't involve rice -


1. Rice Cooker Cake

This might be the easiest cake recipe you'll ever find. Stir a mixture of flour, sugar, milk, and eggs together in a bowl (add a dash of vanilla essence); pour the batter into your rice cooker, and press a button. Half an hour or so later, you will have a moist cake, made perfectly every time.


Ingredients: 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1 egg, 3/4 cup milk


Steps:

  1. Place flour, sugar, and egg into a mixing bowl and whisk together, while slowly adding the milk a little at a time until all ingredients are incorporated.

  2. Pour the cake mixture into the rice cooker's bowl and set the rice cooker to cook.

  3. Cook until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean, or the cake has a smooth, dry surface (about 20-25 minutes).

  4. Slice and serve your rice cooker cake warm.


2. Rice Cooker Cheesy Daliya

Perfect for a luxurious Sunday brunch, this rice cooker daliya recipe is creamy, rich, and luscious, featuring a blend of cheddar and parmesan cheeses. The recipe recommends cooking chopped onions and garlic in the rice cooker for 15 minutes before preparing the daliya itself, in order to soften them and allow them to melt into the daliya, deepening the flavors.


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, ½ onion, chopped, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 cup milk, ½ cup daliya, ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste, 2 tbsp shredded Cheddar cheese, 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Steps:

  1. Place butter, onion, and garlic in the rice cooker; close the lid and turn on the cooker. Cook until onion is soft and translucent, occasionally stirring, for 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Add chicken broth, milk, daliya, and salt.

  3. Cover and cook on full cycle, occasionally stirring until daliya has absorbed the liquid, about 20 minutes.

  4. Add Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper; stir until the cheese is melted.


3. Rice Cooker Bread

This recipe comes from a somewhat unlikely source — a popular Japanese cartoon show called "Yakitate!! Japan." The show is an over-the-top cooking program that focuses on bread-baking, and one of the episodes contains two-minute step-by-step instructions on how to make a light, fluffy round of bread in your rice cooker in just a few hours.


4. Rice Cooker Frittata

This wonderful recipe for a frittata is perfect for home cooks for whom kitchen space might be sparse. Because of the way the rice cooker cooks, this veggie frittata won't have crusty brown edges but will instead be light, moist, and fluffy the whole way through. Simply stir the eggs, vegetables, and spices together in the rice cooker; push the button; and when the cycle finishes, you'll be rewarded handsomely.


5. Rice Cooker Kimchi

A Rice cooker is used as a kind of pickling jar to create flavorful and tart kimchi. It takes some time to ferment (24 hours in the rice cooker, to be exact), but you don't even have to turn it on! After the day passes, simply transfer the cabbage mix to an airtight jar and let it sit for a few more days to complete the fermentation process.


6. Rice Cooker Poached Pears

It just so happens that a rice cooker is a perfect vessel for making one of the most delicious and elegant desserts you're liable to cook. Luckily, it's also one of the easiest. Put your pears in the rice cooker, and using the steaming function, allow them to poach in the poaching liquid of your choice.


7. Rice Cooker Oatmeal

Since rice cookers are built to make rice, it is not surprising to learn that they're equally capable while preparing other grains or even cereals.


8. Rice Cooker Pasta

The great thing about cooking pasta in the rice cooker is that it's a one-pot affair. The rice cooker allows you to cook the meat, the pasta, and the sauce in the same pan, causing the flavors to meld together and stick to the pasta itself. As an added bonus, you only need to wash one pot!


9. Hard Boiled Eggs

You can quickly cook hard-boiled eggs in your rice cooker; just set it and forget it. Additionally, you can cook whatever fits inside the rice cooker bowl. Your rice cooker makes it simpler than ever to obtain a flawlessly hard-boiled egg, whether you enjoy making boiled eggs for breakfast or are in the mood for deviled eggs.


10. Pancakes

Make a bunch of pancakes in the morning and put your rice cooker to work. Pancakes cooked in a rice cooker make a delicious morning meal. Pour the batter into the rice cooker, set the timer, and it will be done in a few minutes. Making pancakes in the rice cooker is quick and simple. Making pancakes in your rice cooker will be a treat if you enjoy fluffy pancakes. There is no shortage of delectable rice cooker recipes to satisfy your sweet craving. With the rice cooker, the options are nearly unlimited. So start baking and turn on your rice cooker.


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