5 major difference between Microwave Oven and OTG

Cake baking

Our students in the cookery classes have asked us the major difference between Microwave Oven and Oven Toaster Grill (OTG). In our last week’s baking class, we had students whose curiosity in baking developed while they were learning the basics. I remember, a young lady Surbhi, who is a software engineer said, “I would like to know the amazing thing an OTG can do for me rather than a microwave oven.” Being a food consultant, educator and journalist, I feel that it is important for me to jot down few points to help an amateur really understand the functioning of both the electronic appliances. Quickly, I described her the below mentioned five major differences between Microwaves and OTGs, which makes these devices quite portable to use. I hope the below-mentioned differences help you as well.

Ongoing Baking in OTG
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Know how these devices differ from each other:

1)In Microwave oven, the cooking is done through heat waves just like a pressure cooker does. Microwaves are a type of electromagnetic wave. On the other hand, in OTG baking is done through heating of the rods.

2) In Microwave mode, you can cook rice, and heat up food quickly. However, the microwave should have a convention mode for baking but OTG is particularly designed for baking and grilling. OTG can prepare the limited amount of food. For instance, cake, cookies, biscuits, bread, soft rolls etc., can be baked in OTG. OTG is perfect for baking and roasting but not for cooking.

3) In OTG, it takes time to heat food but in a microwave oven, the heating is faster. In a microwave oven, the heat is distributed evenly i.e., from all sides but OTG does not provide even heat. These days many OTGs are featured with a fan as well. So, purchase OTG with good features.

4) For OTG, the consumption of electricity is minimal. OTG is quite economical to use but the same consumption is higher in the microwave, which will cost you high electricity charges.

5) In OTG, you will get better leavening of the baking items and doughy cakes or breads. A microwave oven generates currents, and not the required heat to give lift in the foods.

FACTS: Do you know Percy Spencer made the invention of the microwave oven in 1945 and the oven was first designed by William Hadaway in 1896.

Author: Namrata Roy

An enthusiastic journalist, founder of Masterchef Cooking Food Blog, and an educator. I strongly believe that “We are what we eat. We should think healthy, eat healthily and live healthily.” I choose to select the quality ingredients that make a food delicious. I don’t buy anything unnatural. I don’t choose an ingredient that I have not used it since my childhood. I experiment with my food but not with the ingredients. I believe to eat natural food, not adulterated and preservatives ones. I recommend the same to all such as Kids, Men and Women in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For your information: We are a cookery school, expertise in different cuisines like Indian, International and also Baking. To know more about Masterchef Cooking at Royss Kitchen, click here

What do you know about Zulbia? Oops ‘Jalebi!’

Kesar Jalebi

Zulbia is popularly known as Jalebi especially in South Asia, West Asia, North Africa, and East Africa.  It is deep fried maida flour batter and soaked in Kesar syrup. It is crispy and tasty to have it on any occasion. It is very popular in Iran and Indian subcontinent. In India, it is consumed by people during festivals, particularly.

Holi, India’s most famous festival is around the corner. Jalebi can be the best items on the lists of menus during Holi celebration. I am preparing myself to serve the guests with this delicacy. And why not, Desi Kesari Jalebi is so yummy and delicious!

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Last year, I remember, in Kolkata, people celebrated Holi, by organising a Jalebi competition. The participants munched jalebis and had a gala time in the event. I am sure in 2018, Jalebi will add more innovation and live to the Holi season. Holi parties will bring youngsters, elders and kids together for celebration. Undoubtedly, Jalebi will add more happiness and sweetness.

Though the roots of Jalebi is difficult to trace, it is said that it has been originated from the ancient Persia where the sweet was known as Zoolabiya or Zulbia. During the 13th century, it was prepared during the Ramzan and distributed to the poor class.

In India, it became popular with the Persian speaking Turkish invaders. People started loving the sweetness of Jalebi and soon it became a popular delicacy for many in the Indian households and in the culinary culture.

There are different types of Jalebi available in India:

Jaleba: In Indore, there is a night food market, where vendors sell the popularly known Jaleba. It is also renowned in the state of Uttar Pradesh as well. People prepare such delicacies in different occasions and life events.

Paneer Jalebi or Channar Jilibi: The most popular street food and the homemade recipe are Channar Jilibi. A Bengali delight, Channar Jilipi is widely eaten with samosa in the West Bengal region of India. Paneer Jalebi is widely named in the North Indian states of the country.

Mawa Jalebi: Mawa Jalebi is sweet delicacy found in the parts of Madhya Pradesh as well. With the right flavour, Mawa Jalebi is everyone’s favourite.

Imarti or Jhangiri:  Imarti also known as Jhangiri is a dessert belonging to Rajasthan. Imarti is an Indian sweet famous among people. A traditional Indian sweet made of urad daal.

Besides India, Jalebi is widely consumed in other neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. One can take a bite of Jalebi with rabri, a popular Indian traditional delight!

I hope you will enjoy 2018 holi festivity with this sweetness and organic colour.

Author: Namrata Roy

An enthusiastic journalist, founder of Masterchef Cooking Food Blog, and an educator. I strongly believe that “We are what we eat. We should think healthy, eat healthily and live healthily.” I choose to select the quality ingredients that make a food delicious. I don’t buy anything unnatural. I don’t choose an ingredient that I have not used it since my childhood. I experiment with my food but not with the ingredients. I believe to eat natural food, not adulterated and preservatives ones. I recommend the same to all such as Kids, Men and Women in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For your information: We are a cookery school, expertise in different cuisines like Indian, International and also Baking. To know more about Masterchef Cooking at Royss Kitchen, click here