Induction Cooker: 6 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages

Cooking Indian delicacies is a complex process which often needs varied temperature and different point of time in the stages of cooking a dish.

So the question remains if induction Cooktop would meet the requirements of the Indian kitchen?

The induction cooktops are extremely responsive to the instructions given. It takes the cooktop less than a minute to reduce the temperature by 10 degree Celsius!

This is especially important when the ingredients are finer in size and shape, and also when ground spices are being heated, which can otherwise burn.

Induction cooker can even maintain low constant heat for cooking a dish like kheer which is simmered over a long time to get the desired result.

Pros of induction cooktops

  • Quick cooking – since the number of interface is less, the unit heats up quickly. Moreover, there is very little loss of heat as the cooktop transfer the heat generate directly to the dishware and nothing around it.
  • Safe to use – The unit itself doesn’t heat up, keeping the surface safe to touch and prevents heat related accidents.
  • Responsive – The cooktop responds quickly to the instruction and changes the temperature accordingly in no time.
  • Energy efficient – The amount of energy that’s delivered to the food being cooked compared with the amount of energy that gets consumed by the cookers is much higher. Hence, usage of induction cooktop will not show a spike in your electricity bills.
  • Easy to maintain -The cooktops are handy, lightweight and easy to clean
  • Auto-heat up -The automatic switches sense when there is nothing on the surface and automatically stop emitting heat. This conserves energy and minimizes the chance of accidents.

Cons

  • Needs dedicated utensils – Dishware that can absorb electromagnetic energy can only be used on the cooktop.
  • On flat surface vessels can be used – Vessels like wok, kadhai or any surface with a bend cannot be used as the sides do not get heated up.
  • No cooking without electricity – The electromagnetic energy is created only when current passes through copper. If there is no electricity no energy will be produced and hence one would not be able to cook.
  • Open flam dishes can’t be cooked – Dishes that are to be tossed cannot be made as, once the utensil is lifted, the heating stops. Example: chapatis, vegetables roast etc.
  • Very small/ too large sized vessel may not work – The dishware must sit right on the surface of the cooktop to be able to absorb the energy. If it is too small/ large it will not be able to absorb it and hence food cannot be cooked.

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