Rice cookers are quite popular in Japan. These electric rice cookers are called Suihanki (炊飯器) in the Japanese language. Nowadays they have become popular around the world, making life easier and making possible several things besides a simple rice.
To cook rice in the Japanese electric pan is very simple. Simply place the washed rice, add water using a meter, close and wait. In about 10 to 15 minutes your rice is ready and the machine automatically shuts down.
This ingenuity greatly facilitates the busy life of some Japanese. She is also able to keep rice warm throughout the day and prepare some other interesting dishes that we will mention in this article.
How did the Japanese Rice Cooker come about?
The first Suihanki was produced in 1945 by Mitsubishi. At the time, it operated with a coil, was made of aluminum and had no automatic shutdown.
The first electric and fully automatic rice cooker appeared in 1956 and was invented by Yoshitada Minami in conjunction with Toshiba. It was so successful that more than 200,000 pots were produced per month.
In the 1980s these pots were already part of almost all Japanese houses and started to expand their business in China, Korea and later the whole world. Over time, the technology of the pots has been improved, improving the taste and popularity.
The countless possibilities with a Suihanki
Many people use the Japanese rice cooker only to make rice. Few know that these pots can make countless recipes in addition to rice and derivatives. With that in mind, let's leave a list of possible recipes that you can make in a rice cooker, so you can decide to buy one.
When cooking something other than rice in the suihanki, just keep an eye on the food and see if it has cooked enough or not.
- Sweet rice;
- Hot chocolate;
- Fruit stew;
- Salted Pie;
- Boiled eggs;
- Steamed vegetables;
- Ground beef with tomatoes;
- Creamy corn;
- Chicken soup;
As you can see, the possibilities with a Japanese rice cooker are endless and can break the branch of those who are too lazy to turn on the stove and prepare a gohan (rice).
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The rice cooker is much cheaper than an electric fryer and I guarantee it is much more advantageous. Do you have your rice cooker? Do you want to buy one? Tell us your experience in the comments.