Whether you are living in a dorm or just want a hassle-free meal, here are some useful hacks and tips on using your electric water kettle for multi purposes.
Oatmeal for Healthy Munchies
Trying to keep a healthy eating habit? Don’t give in to that sugar craving. Go to your dorm and make yourself a hot bowl of instant oatmeal instead. Pour some milk powder, sugar and instant oatmeal in a bowl. Boil water in an electric kettle and once it’s hot, pour it into the oatmeal bowl, stir well and cover it and let it rest for a few minutes. Your healthy meal is now ready.
This small step is super simple; all you need to do is fill up the kettle water, peel and drop potatoes in the kettle. Make sure the water is not above the maximum line. Allow the water to reach the boil and after 10-15 minutes, switch it off. Prick the potatoes with a fork to see if it was done. If they are soft and well done, take them out and they are ready to be mashed. Read on to find out how to fry or boil an egg while boiling the potatoes.
Boil or Fry Eggs
This is as simple as putting eggs in a water kettle and adding water. Place the eggs in the kettle and fill it up with water so that it’s a level above the eggs. Let the eggs boil for about 10-15 minutes then pour out the water and carefully move the eggs into a bowl of cold water. Remember not to stick your hands in the kettle. And your eggs are ready to be served.
If you want a full meal, boil some beans in the heater or some potatoes. You can’t go wrong with boiled eggs and it doesn’t even take long to prepare it.
Now if you want a fried egg, it may take a little more work. Make a flat plate or a bowl with kitchen foil. By raising the piece of foil in the ends. Place it on top of the kettle while the water is boiling with the potatoes. You can also add a pinch of salt or a dab of butter in the center of the foil. Break the egg in a separate bowl, in case the egg has spoiled and pour it on the foil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now stand back and let the egg sizzle.
If you cover it with a foil, your egg will be steam fried now while your potatoes are being boiled. This same method can be used to steam fry sausages and veggies!
Most dorms allow an electric kettle and an iron. If they don’t provide one, you will need to smuggle one in as the staple food for every dorm student or anyone living on their own, is instant noodles. It is a life saver especially if you want to save up on food cost. Just use the water kettle as you would on a normal stove.
Just like with the potatoes, add the rice to the kettle and add water. The amount of water will depend on how much rice you put in. Leave the kettle on for between five and 15-20 minutes, and your lunch/dinner should be ready.
Add Some Flavor and Spice in Your Rice. And no we’re not hinting for khichdi here. Make a rice meal with some exotic spices. All you need to do is soak rice for 20 minutes in water. Chop up a bunch of veggies you like and gather some simple spices like ginger, garlic, fresh chili, and coriander. Add all the ingredients in the kettle with some salt to taste. Turn the kettle on and get about 20 minutes of cook time. Enjoy your hearty rice meal hot.
If you want to enjoy some steamed cauliflower, cabbage, or spinach, use your kettle’s filter or a filter paper. Place the veggies in the basket or the paper and turn on the kettle. The steam should be enough to cook your vegetables to a crunchy tasty flavor.
Sweet Corn Pasta
Something as awesome as sweet corn pasta can also be cooked in a kettle. All you have to do this is to add sweet corn and butter in the kettle. Let it cook for a few minutes till soft. Stir the kettle after short intervals so that the butter does not get burnt. Then remove the sweet corn and add instant pasta in the kettle with adequate water. After the pasta boils drain the water from the kettle & add corn, olive oil, salt, pepper & pasta to it. Stir in some herbs such as parsley, coriander, oregano & chili flakes as per your taste. And voila, homemade sweet corn pasta.