Are you using your rice cooker only for making rice? If yes, then you are really not making the most out of this versatile appliance. It can be used for making so many varied dishes. In fact, on busy mornings, you can use it for making breakfast as well. If your rice cooker is equipped with a delayed timer function, then you can even put the ingredients in it the night before and set it to be ready at the desired time in the morning. Here are a few easy breakfast recipes that you can make in your rice cooker.
Eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning is an ideal way to start the day. This is because it contains proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc and iron. To make a yummy bowl of oatmeal in your rice cooker, add half a cup of oats, 1 ¼ cup of water, a pinch of salt, a tsp of powdered cinnamon and one small diced apple. Turn your rice cooker on and cook for 10-15 minutes. Once you get the desired consistency, you can either add some sweetener or if apple’s sweetness is enough, it’s ready to eat.
The nutrients present in oatmeal keeps you full for long and you won’t get those mid-morning hunger pangs. Thus, it also helps in weight loss or weight management goals.
Most of us like to have eggs in the morning. You can use your rice cooker to make this quick egg frittata. Gently beat 4 eggs in the rice cooker pot and add the desired veggies to it. Next, add some cheese and turn on the timer for 5 minutes. The eggs will set perfectly within that time. Let it rest for another 5 minutes once the rice cooker is switched off so that the ambient heat gives the finishing touch to it.
Making wheat porridge is very simple using the rice cooker. Add a cup of roasted dalia to your cooker bowl and add a cup and half of water to it. Let it cook for 10 minutes. Once the dalia or broken wheat gets soft, add milk to it. Stir and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add dried fruits, seeds and nuts to it and have a wholesome meal in the morning. If the sweetness of fruits and raisins is not enough for you, you can even add sugar or sweetener to it.
This South Indian dish is made with equal quantities of rice and yellow moong dal. Take half cup of each of these and soak them for half an hour. Add a spoon of ghee to your rice cooker and a pinch of asafoetida, 1 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp each of black pepper powder and turmeric powder, and some curry leaves to it. Once they splutter, add the soaked and drained dal and rice and 2 cups of water to it. Add salt to taste and cook at normal rice setting.
These are a few of the many dishes that you can make in your rice cooker for breakfast. Each of these recipes is highly nutritious and apt for a healthy breakfast. Furthermore, they are absolutely easy to cook.