Dinner: Koryo Healthy Fryer (₹7990)
Dinner is usually the most complicated meal of the day, but these kitchen contraptions can do the hard work for you.
Fried food can now coexist with Atkins in harmony. The Koryo Healthy Fryer just needs a teaspoon of oil to bring out the same flavours from your chai-time friends as a litre of refined oil would. With variable temperature control from 80-200˚, it allows you to cook (bake or fry) with a conscience. Don’t believe us? Well it’s simple physics that makes you think “why didn’t anyone think of this before?”
Heat is radiated into the large 3.2L container from the top and a combination of fans ensure that heat passes through the food from the bottom and top, eliminating the need to turn the food over. All parts are cooked equally.
Game night or date night can now win you extra brownie points for keeping it slim and tasteful.
Kenwood Ice Cream Maker (₹ 4995)
So, you’d best have a crack at making frozen treats on your own. Get ready, ‘coz you’ll be faced with a tricky, hourlong preparation: splitting eggs, heating things, cooling things, stirring things, watching things, transferring things from bowl to pan and back again.With the Kenwood prechilled (for a good 24 hours, mind you!), it’s time to pour in the fruits of your labour. Simply select whether you want to make sorbet, frozen yoghurt, gelato or ice cream. Towards the end of the process, you can add mixins (chocolate chips, fresh fruit). Even after 40 minutes, you won’t get ice cream as hard as a self freezing machine, but you can always put it in the freezer to firm up further. While the compact size has the advantage of easy storage, on the downside, you only get a litre out of it, so it’s a good job it tastes amazing. Play the melodic ice cream van jingle on YouTube and you’re up for a real homemade treat.
Panasonic Automatic Cooker (₹ 3495)
This slow cooker is a bit of a Tardis. Smaller and lighter than it looks in pictures, it’ll still hold a family meal’s worth of meat and veg – and cook them to tender, unhurried perfection while you go off and play Overwatch for the whole afternoon.
Lift the pot off and you can put it on the hob to pre-cook any of your ingredients, before adding the rest and letting it do its long, slow thing.
All that’s on the front is a single dial with four positions: off, low, medium and high. That’s it. The only thing it really changes is how long it’ll take to cook, but even on high you’re looking at four hours at least for most dishes. It might be simple, but it’s definitely not quick.
There’s a timer that can be pre-set as much as 24 hours in advance. The timer setting can’t be used for Quick Cook, Quinoa, Steam, Soup and Slow Cook settings, so you’ll have to keep an eye on the clock yourself – but with cooking times as short as these, you’re not going to burn the place down if you leave it a few minutes longer than you meant to. Even on the high setting our meat and veg came out as tender as you like – and there was more than enough to go round. Tuck in!
The Panasonic Automatic Cooker is simple and slow but cooks up a scrumptious meal.