Lunch: Koryo rice cooker (₹1990 )
Ah, lunch - when sandwiches and snacks get their time to shine. Get these in your kitchen and make them even better.
If you’re Indian, you’re probably inseparable from rice. The Koryo apparatus ensures your love for the sticky stuff never dies. Its steamer and cooking functions allow you to not only make the perfect accompaniments to exotic Indian curries, but also to whip up delicious morning starters like momos or idlis. The one-touch control means you don’t need to be a qualified chef or technologist to operate it either. The 'Keep Warm' function of this cooker also helps preserve foods for longer at serving temperature, so no time is wasted between hunger and overeating.
Accessories include a non-stick pan, measuring cup, spatula and happy guests or co-travellers when on an Air BnB vacation through Europe.
Koryo Ceramic Electric Kettle (₹ 2790)
Most of us experience two types of hunger in our lives: the regular type when you haven’t eaten for a few hours, and the type that strikes when you get home from the pub, which feels like a black hole has replaced your gut. But ovens and alcohol don’t mix, so this electric kettle keeps your intoxicated culinary challenges to a minimum.
Use its 1.6L capacity to brew yourself an instant fix of green tea dip or a shot of salt water gargle before you get to the stage for a professional gig. Heavy weight or hungover, the electric kettle can whip up a sustainable beverage in no time at all. In fact, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, it is ideal for a boiled egg with that salad you’re eyeing for lunch too.
The ceramic body ensures it doesn’t feel cheap as chips and the concealed heating element reduces any chance of an accidental burn. Kettles are not rocket science, but when you get your hands on a good one, it does feel just as satisfying as an aerospace degree. Well, maybe that’s overstating it a little bit but then again, who can deny the healing powers of hot water, even in outer space.
Nostalgia Electrics Retro Pop-Up HotDog Toaster (₹ 10,965)
This Nostalgia Electrics Retro Pop-Up HotDog Toaster is just like a regular toaster but with specially shaped holes, so you place the frankfurter and bun inside, pick a heat setting and then wait a few minutes for them to pop up.
Once they do, it’s surprising how good they taste, although that’s probably down to the simplicity of the hotdog as a food rather than the particular talents of the toaster.
For optimum feedback from your tastebuds you’ll also need to squirt on some mustard and load it up with onions, which this toaster can’t do for you.
Also you don’t get separate dials for the bread and meat, so it’s best to put the sausages in first if you don’t want burnt buns. And nobody wants burnt buns, do they?
Kent Noodle and pasta maker (₹ 12,000)
The first ever case of a ‘macaroni machine’ goes as far back as 1789. It was certainly an inspired move, taking one of the world’s greatest foods – pasta and noodles – beyond the Italian and Chinese kitchens. For us, it has gone on to becoming a staple diet of the new-gen babies.
The perfect pasta can be surprisingly hard to get right. Prep the dough, whisk and knead, rest, roll, roll and slice…. Phew! Sounds like an exhaustive process.
This Kent Noodle and Pasta maker does the job for ya. All you have to do is choose a program and give it 10 minutes while it works its magic. And what magic it is. A simple way to make pasta in different shapes so the kids not only have a homemade and hygienic meal on their plates, they have fun with it too.
Once done, this compact appliance is easy to clean too. Although it isn’t too much of an effort, if you still crib about the cleaning bit, remind yourself that had you eaten the same meal outside, you would have paid a lot more for the privilege. Find solace in the healthy and happy meal and learn to clean after yourself.
Tefal Easy Soup (₹ 10,999)
Time was, making your own soup meant slicing, simmering and stirring a broth of fresh veggies. The Easy Soup changes all this: this multi-talented piece of kitchen equipment can make soups, blends nutritious smoothies, and even cooks dal. Your blitz are blended to bits in a jiffy, heating as it goes to serve up homemade soup without the usual hassle - all in 23 minutes.
A light and healthy meal in itself or a predecessor to a heartier one, check your diet plan before making that call. It does save you on a lot of hassle of chopping, grinding and watching over the burner to ensure it’s cooked to perfection.
The four automatic programs make it a matter of adding the ingredients and pressing a button. Put it on and go about your work, because the automatic function gives a warning when the food is ready and keeps contents warm up to 40 minutes. Self cleaning is what impressed us - the automatic program also facilitates cleaning. Less post-meal hassle, compared to the ruins we usually leave our kitchen in. make yourself a cinch soup, best served with earplugs.