Basics of Microwave Cooking

Before Cooking-

• Aluminium vessels and glass containers with designs are a big NO for microwave.

• The plastic containers that you get as free gifts when you purchase microwave are better used only for reheating. Avoid cooking in it.

• To ensure that the glass bowl that you are using is microwave safe, fill it with water and micro high for a minute. If the bowl continues to remain cool, it is fit for cooking.

• Ensure that the vegetables are evenly cut for even and faster cooking. Add water to just dip the vegetables and keep adding when required as excess water will delay cooking.

• Microwave cooking requires a little more water than cooking in gas.

• Rice is best cooked in microwave if soaked in water for at least 20 minutes.

• To cook dal faster in microwave, soak it in water for half an hour.

• Before cooking potatoes, tomatoes, pierce them all over so that they don’t blast.

During cooking-

• Timing plays a crucial role in the success of a microwave recipe. The time taken to cook rice, dhals and vegetables differ with quantity, quality and size of the cut vegetables.

• Mix the food well once every 2 to 3 minutes, so that it cooks evenly.

• Keep checking if there is sufficient water, else food will get burnt.

• For cooking dals, always use a larger vessel, add some turmeric powder and few drops of oil to prevent spilling.

• Microwave extracts more taste from spices and salt…Hence use a bit lesser quantity than what you use for cooking on gas.

After Cooking-

• Use some cloth or gloves to remove the glass bowls from the microwave.

• After removing the glass bowls from the microwave, don’t keep it directly on slabs or cold surfaces as it will develop cracks. Always place a thick towel and then the glass bowl on it.

• Always allow 2-5 minutes standing time for food cooked in microwave prior to consumption.

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Srivalli said...

Nice tips....very useful for any beginner.

Pravs said...

Very wise advice from a person who cooks everything in the microwave. :D Thanks

easycrafts said...

Thanks a lot Srivalli and pravs for your kind comments

Jyothi said...

Really very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing.

easycrafts said...

Thanks jyothi for the comments

Anonymous said...

was looking for microwaving tips from a very long time...found it today...thanks..found your site very useful as i bought a microwave very recently....can you do a post on microwave convection baking(cakes etc) please...(about preheating) its done exactly step by step. do we have to remove the rotating glass plate and keep teh grill stand for baking..and do the cakes brown in convection microwave..

Vinod KB said...

look forward for more tips from u

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