Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Top 10 uses for a Microwave in a South Indian Kitchen

Click the image on the left to see the cookbook. This cookbook lists 10 simple recipes designed to be cooked in a microwave, graded from easy to tough. The following recipes are listed : 

1.: Make Papad

2.: Reheating Rice / curries   

3.: Making Soup   

4.: Cooking eggs

5.: Making Idli  

6.: Roasting nuts 

7.: Cooking Noodles   

8.:.Cooking Vegetables 

9.: Reheating Bread

10.:Boiling milk 

 Microwave cooking – A Primer :

Microwaving is one of the easiest ways to cook. No smoke, heat, no need for constant stirring or watching. It is easy to
use and can dramatically reduce your cooking time. Understand the basic principles and you need not fear a microwave !


Unlike all other forms of cooking, microwave cooks from inside out. Heat is generated inside the food – not transferred from the outside. Microwaves vibrate water molecules in food. This vibration produces intense heat. This heat cooks food.

Microwave cooking generates steam. So if you cook food in a tightly sealed container, it will explode. Always use a loose cover and never use a tight lid while microwaving.

For the same reason, eggs, potato, egg yolk can explode because their outer layer acts as a tight cover. Do not microwave eggs with their shells and prick a few holes in potato & scramble the yollks before microwaving,

Metals reflect microwaves. So metal vessels cannot be used in a microwave. Plastic, earthenware, paper plates / cups can be used.

Remember the cooking times, especially for liquids. Heating water / milk for a long time might cause them to splash up when you take them out.

Timing would vary for each microwave. So keep these timings as rough guidelines. Note down the time your microwave takes and follow that exactly.

And this goes to Srivalli's Microwave easy cooking event.


shiyon said...

nice post. i bought an oven recently and all the tips are new to me. thanks!

Suparna said...

Hello Ramkiji,
very useful post. I'm sure to make use of my MW to the fullest after going through this post.

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