Given the fact that we have so many different ways to cook a dish, we mostly resort to the easiest and fastest method that can get us the dish done. We have been using Rice Cooker for over two decades. I remember Amma having about 3 different sizes for different occasions. Each one makes its appearance during a party or when we have more relatives visiting us.
The same happened to me as well. During the initial period of setting up my kitchen, parents took me shopping and got me various appliances without which you can't run a kitchen. I got my mixer, grinder, stovetop, Rice Cooker, Blender, and some more. Trust me I have them all even now. The Rice cooker that Amma got for me was for 5 liters and over the years I have got 1 liter and 2 liters as well.
With the smallest kitchen possible, I have stocked up enough that I actually can't share the space with another person. Anyway, the point is, for cooking, we have ended up being dependent on so many Electrical Appliances. I remember Amma having those stone grinders, Mortar and Pestle made of stone. We used these stones for all sorts of grinding and somehow dishes turned out great.
In modern times that we, unfortunately, find ourselves in, we do not have enough space to keep these nor have enough time to spend grinding on the stones. So we resort to Electronic Appliances that help grind, mix, and whatnot.
For the final Week of BM # 24, I took up Cooking with Electrical Appliances, where we have to showcase a dish that's prepared using any of the Electrical Appliances. For the first day, I took up making Vegetable Biryani from the Nippo Rice Cooker. The recipe book that accompanied the cooker, has some very pretty and tempting pictures.
If you must know the entire Cooking took only about 30 mins. We have a power shut down for 2 hrs and I remembered I had to make use of this just about 30 mins before the cut-off time. I ran like an obsessed person, cutting everything and grinding the paste, etc in record time. Athamma was surprised that I hadn't made the Vegetable Biryani from this book to date, I clarified that I may have cooked and even shared, but the fact is for this theme I got to show pictures with the cooking. She didn't understand, of course, knowing it's another one of my mad thoughts taking flight!
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Vegetable Biryani in Rice Cooker
- 1 & 1/2 cups Rice
- 3 cups Water
- Mixed Vegetables (Cauliflower, Beans, Carrot, Potatoes, Peas)
- 2 medium Onions Juliennes
- 1 long Bay Leaf
- 1/2 tsp Shah Jeera
- 2 tbsp Mint and Coriander Leaves chopped
- 2 tsp Ghee
- Salt to taste
To be ground to a paste
- 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 3 long Green Chillies
- 1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds
- 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 2 Cloves
- 2 Cardamom
- 2" Cinnamon
How to make the Biryani
- Wash and soak rice for 10 mins.
- Grind the masalas to be ground to a fine paste.
- In the rice cooker pan, make sure to place the plate, transfer the rice to the cooker. Pour water and switch to the cooking mode.
- Then, add salt and diced vegetables. Add Shahi Jeera, and Bay Leaf. Replace the lid. Heat ghee in a kadhai, brown the onions till brown. Pour this over the rice and cover again.
- Add the ground masala, mint, coriander leaves to the rice. Stir and close the lid again.
- When the rice is cooked, the switch automatically goes to keep a warm position.