Are you the kind of person who believes that a rice cooker is meant to cook only rice by sensing when to reduce to a simmer and when to heat up again to cook it ideally and keep it warm? If yes, then you have a very wrong notion about this smart appliance, which can be used to make a variety of dishes other than just rice.
The latest rice cooker and steam cooker from Kent now comes with 5 pre-program settings that enable you to cook soups, momos, dalia, steamed vegetables etc. easily and efficiently.
Here’s a guide on how you can act smarter than your appliance and even churn out few yummy desserts from it.
- Chocolate Lava Cake: Are you surprised? You can actually make it in your rice cooker. Take chocolate cake mix and some milk chocolate frosting. Place the mix in the inner pot and in the middle of the batter add the frosting. Push the cook button and wait for it to be done. Just flip upside down on a flat dish. Now microwave some of the frostings separately and pour it over the warm cake and enjoy the yummy cake.
- Kheer: Making rice kheer in a rice cooker is very convenient. Add a litre of boiled milk and 3tbsp of heaped rice to the cooker and let it cook on low heat. Keep stirring in between to check the consistency. Once it is done add some dry fruits to it and enjoy.
- Banana Bread: If you are craving for banana bread but don’t have access to a conventional oven, then try it in your rice cooker. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups of enriched white flour, ¾ cup of sugar, 2tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda and a pinch of salt. Now, add 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, 1/3 cup of softened butter, ¼ cup of milk, and 1 egg and whisk till all combine together to form a uniform and thick, creamy consistency. Grease the cooking pot with oil or butter and pour the mixture in it and set the rice cooker at rice settings. You will need to let the cooker to complete the rice cooking cycle twice for the bread to cook properly.
- Caramel Sauce: Making caramel in a rice cooker is very easy. Add 300ml cream, 80 gm butter and ½ cup sugar to the cooking bowl and stir well. Now, press ‘cook’ and let it cook until the sugar dissolves and the mixture gets a bit thickened. Your caramel is ready to be poured into various dishes.
- Banana Pudding: Grease the base of a rice cooker bowl and add 30g of melted butter over it. Then sprinkle 2 tbsp of brown sugar evenly over it. Now, layer the sliced bananas on it and leave. In a separate bowl, add 60g melted butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 lightly whisked egg, ½ tsp cinnamon, 2 mashed bananas and 2 tbsp milk. Now fold 1 cup of self-rising flour to it gently. Spread this mixture over the banana layer prepared earlier. After cooking it for 5 minutes, switch the cooker to ‘warm’ and leave for 10 minutes. Again, cook for 3 minutes and switch back to ‘warm’ for 10 minutes. Repeat the process for two more times and check by inserting the knife. If it comes out clean, the pudding is done.
Now that you know few of the easiest rice cooker dessert recipes, surprise your family with a yummy delight after every meal.