Make way for the modern method of cooking. Say goodbye to gas, coal, wood and hello to the microwave. The new age microwave helps you do more than just heating a meal. It helps you cook.
Infact it is said that it is a healthier way of cooking as it does not use much oil while completely cooking the entire dish, so no uncooked syndrome and no hassles of getting your hands dirty every time, just to check if your dish is cooked.
Fill in your Pyrex dish, which is easily available in India, set the time and you can take a nap. Rest assured that the dish will be cooked and taste just the way you want it.
In homes where time crunch is an issue due to both parents working, microwave cooking then comes as a relief. As you know you will get your food quick yet yummy. No hassles of stirring and repeatedly hovering around the dish. For the microwave you just have to shut it and forget it.
With success of the microwave cooking, many chefs have brought to the avid cooker recipes that are apt for the microwave. You can get these recipes off the shelf, in magazines and even on television as special microwave cooking shows are held. Or what better that to learn it face to face at microwave cooking classes.
Else here are a few microwave recipes for you to note down.
- Bharwa Baigan
- 250 gms small brinjals
- 4 green chillies
- ½ tbsp red chilli powder
- ½ tbsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 ½ tbsp amchoor
- 1 ½ tbsp turmeric powder and sugar
- 2-table spoon oil
- Juice of a lemon
- Salt to taste
Wash all the brinjals and slit them. Slit the chillies and remove the seeds. Make a mixture of chilli powder, salt, garam masala, sugar, coriander and turmeric powder.
Add the lemon juice so a paste is formed. Fill this bharta in the brinjals along with green chillies.
Pour the oil in a pan and fry the stuffed brinjals for around three minutes.
Take a microwave dish, sprinkle a little water, add the brinjals and then set it for high on the microwave. Keep it for 5 minutes and look into it for another 2 minutes.
Garnish it with fresh coriander and lemon wedges.
As against the 5 minutes in the microwave, this dish takes 15 minutes on the normal gas.
- Paneer Mattar
- Panner grated – 100 gms
- Shelled peas – 1 cup
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Onion – 1
- Ginger – ½ inch
- Chillies 1-2
- Tomato puree 6 tbsp
- Red chilli powder ¼ tbsp
- Cumin powder ½ tbsp
- Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
- Salt to taste
- Cashew nuts are optional
Preparation process Grind green chillies, onion, gingers and then fry the masala for around 4 to 5 minutes in a non-stick. Add the tomato puree, cumin powder, garam masala, sprinkle a tbsp of water and add the peas.
Once the dish is slightly brown transfer it to a microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes.
Remove it and add grated paneer on the top and salt and the cashew nuts. Mix slowly. Cover the dish again and microwave it for additional 2 minutes
Serve, garnished with fresh coriander and green chilli.
Listed below are a few cooking classes including microwave cooking classes in South India
Contact name: Mrs Moses
Contact number: 4404209
Contact address: Thiruvanmivur
Learn to cook: home made plum cakes and microwave veg dishes.
Contact name: Jayashree Rajamani
Contact number: 24421248
Contact address: Adyer
Learn to make – continental, North and South Indian food, Indian sweets and western desserts in the microwave.
Microwave cooking class in Mumbai
Jyoti Shah, Microwave Cooking
201-A Kent Residency, Eksar Road, Borivali (W), Mumbai 400092