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Cooking made easy for students

Cooking Made Easy For Students

Being a student and being on a tight budget is all intricately tied in with eating maggi and instant soup for dinners! Whether it’s the stress of assignments, exams or too many social outings, eating well during college years is a difficult proposition. I know I’ve struggled with it and survived on just black coffee and the corner bodega sandwiches. And ever so often, I’ve missed my mother’s amazing home cooked food and felt quite sad at the prospect of having to survive on instant noodles and packaged food!

That is until I came across Wonderchef Nutri-Pot Electric Pressure Cooker with 7-in-1 functions. I didn’t even know that cooking one pot meals was a real thing but the functionality, ease and versatility of this pot has me amazed. With its delayed timer feature that allows me to put in all ingredients and finish all my chores after I set the timer. I come back to fully cooked dishes that stay warm! Down below, I’m putting down some recipes I’ve experimented with and been very pleased with the results. I hope you can try them and truly reap the benefits of a hot, home-cooked meal. And, cleaning up becomes super easy after because you’re using less cookware. It also comes with the Reliable Wonderchef Warranty. 

Tangy carrot soup 
Try this beautiful, warming soup that can be enjoyed on a rainy evening while prepping for your exams. 

Ingredients 

  • 250 grams carrots, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon butter 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 8-10 black peppercorns 
  • 1 inch ginger piece, chopped 
  • 1 medium potato, chopped 
  • 4 cups vegetable stock 
  • Salt to taste 
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves

Steps

  1. Pre-heat Wonderchef Nutri-Pot by pressing the Sauté button on it.  
  2. Add butter and once it is hot, add the onion, black peppercorns and ginger.
  3. Stir for 2 minutes or until the onion changes colour.  
  4. Add the carrots and potato and stir for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Add the vegetable stock, salt and black pepper powder and mix.  
  6. Press cancel, cover the lid and cook on the Soup mode (i.e. for 10 minutes).  Once 10 minutes are over, Nutri-Pot will go on “Keep Warm” mode, press “Cancel” and let the pressure settle down, open the cooker lid.  
  7. Remove the pot and transfer the mixture in a bowl.  
  8. Blend the soup with a hand blender and pass through a fine sieve.  
  9. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Serve it hot to your friends or curl up in bed with your favourite movie and a hot soup for a great weekend night!

Rajma Chawal
This traditional recipe will remind you of mealtimes with your family and make sure your days in college are happy, well-fed and well taken care of!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups red kidney beans (rajma), soaked for 6-8 hours and drained 
  • 2 teaspoons ghee 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped 
  • 1½ cups tomato puree 
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder 
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder 
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Steamed rice for serving

Steps

  1. Pre-heat Wonderchef Nutri-Pot by pressing the Sauté button on it. 
  2.  Add ghee, once it is hot, add ginger and garlic and stir for 30 seconds. 
  3. Add onion and stir till golden brown. 
  4.  Add tomato puree, mix and cook till the mixture thickens and the fat separates.  
  5. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and 1 cup water, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.  
  6. Add red kidney beans and mix.
  7.  Add 1½ cups water, mix. Press cancel, cover and cook on rajma masala mode (i.e. for 35 minutes). 
  8. After 5 minutes the pressure will be released. Lock the pressure by turning the whistle in left or right direction and let it cook for the remaining time.
  9. Once 35 minutes are over, Nutri-Pot will go on “Keep Warm” mode, press “Cancel” and let the pressure settle down. 
  10. Open the lid when the excess pressure is completely released.  
  11. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot with steamed rice.

Enjoy this meal with your friends and impress your mother with the simplicity, ease and flair you accomplish this timeless dish with!

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

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