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Cooking made easy for new moms

Cooking Made Easy For New Moms

Having no time to cook when your newborn needs your time and attention for 90% of your day is old news. In the joy and excitement of having a newborn in the house, mothers often neglect to give themselves the nutrition and well-cooked meals they deserve. My sister went through a similar experience until my mother gifted her the Nutri-Pot Electric Pressure Cooker with 7-in-1 functions. Her life all but changed post that! She was dishing out homemade meals that were twice as delicious and took half the time to cook! 18 pre-set dishes, and you can even customize recipes using the manual mode – now Gourmet Cooking becomes hassle free for busy moms. The delayed timer is a magical function, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. When you go on short errands for 2-3 hours, like bathing your newborn or spending time reading/playing with them, how you wish that freshly cooked food could be there waiting for you, once you return! With Nutri-Pot this is possible. Just choose the number of hours on the delay timer and Nutri-Pot will begin cooking when you want it to. The food will not only be cooked when you return, but also be kept warm automatically, should you get delayed. 

Over here, I’ll be putting down some recipes that new moms can experiment with to ensure they and their families get tasty, home-made meals without compromising on precious quality time with their young one!

Chicken & Mushroom in Thai Red Curry
This delicious Thai main course is sure to tantalize taste buds and give you a taste of the exciting Asian island right in your living room!

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes 
  • 10-12 fresh button mushrooms, halved 
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste 
  • 10-12 baby corns, sliced diagonally 
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil 
  • 2 medium onions, chopped 
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 12-15 fresh basil leaves
  • 5-6 broccoli florets
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk 

Steps

  1. Pre-heat Wonderchef Nutri-Pot by pressing the Sauté button on it.  
  2. Add the oil and once it is hot, add the onions and stir for a minute. 
  3. Add the red curry paste and stir for a minute.  
  4. Add the tomato and chicken cubes and stir for 2-3 minutes.  
  5. Add the mushrooms, baby corns and mix. 
  6. Add the salt and mix. 
  7. Add the basil leaves, coconut milk and broccoli and ½ cup water and mix.  
  8. Press cancel, cover and cook on veg curry mode (i.e. for 15 minutes).
  9. After 5 minutes the pressure will be released. 
  10. Lock the pressure by turning the whistle in left or right direction and let it cook for the remaining time.  
  11. Once 15 minutes are over, Nutri-Pot will go on “Keep Warm” mode, press “Cancel” and let the pressure settle down. 
  12. Open the lid. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot with steamed rice.

Your dish is ready to serve and ready to be enjoyed for a family dinner meal together! Use this time to catch up on each others’ lives while the baby sleeps soundly nearby.

Imli Til Ke Chawal
This simple rice dish was a staple in my home growing up.  My mom would throw this together on days she was too busy to prepare a lavish meal for us and with some curd and pickle, it used to be the highlight of my day post school. It’s easy to cook and tasty to boot with simple ingredients that can be prepared very quickly, especially when cooked in the Nutri-Pot Electric Pressure Cooker with 7-in-1 functions.

Ingredients

1½ cups brown Basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes 
2 tablespoons tamarind pulp 
3 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds (til) 
3 teaspoons coconut or vegetable oil. You can also use ghee
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste 
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder 
1 teaspoon red chilli powder 
Salt to taste 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves

Steps

  1. Pre-heat Wonderchef Nutri-Pot by pressing the Sauté button on it.  
  2. Add oil and once it is hot, add ginger paste and garlic paste and stir-fry for 1 minute.  
  3. Add turmeric and chilli powder and stir for a few seconds.  
  4. Add tamarind pulp and stir for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Add salt to taste and mix well.  
  6. Add rice, roasted sesame seeds and 2 ½ cups water.  
  7. Press cancel, cover the lid and cook on rice mode (i.e. for 10 minutes).
  8. Once 10 minutes are over, Nutri-Pot will go on “Keep Warm” mode, press “Cancel” and let the pressure settle down. 
  9. Open the lid.  
  10. Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Author : Alina Gufran, writer and film-maker, who loves the outdoors and reading.

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