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Vegetarian biryani recipe

When we were in India we went on a cookery course and this is the recipe we make our vegetable biryani's great!

It's made in two stages - the masala sauce and the biryani rice.


Small cubes of carrot, green beans, cauliflower and potato (boiled)
Bit of finely chopped onion
1 green chilli
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 clove
1 cardamom seed
Tomato paste
½ spoon ginger/garlic paste

Fry spices, onion, chilli and salt. Add ½ spoon garlic/ginger paste, ½ spoon turmeric, ½ spoon chilli powder, ½ spoon garam masala, ½ spoon coriander. Add tomato paste and boiled vegetables. Heat on high until the sauce dries out. The mix finely chopped mint leaves into the sauce.


1 onion finely chopped
1 carrot finely chopped
2-3 cashews and raisins
3 cardamom seeds
1 star anise
1 pinch cinnamon
2 cloves
1 pinch fennel seeds
2 teaspoons of ghee
Julienne carrot to garnish

To make
Fry ghee, spices, cashews and raisins until brown and then add onion and carrot. Add ¼ spoon turmeric and add boiled rice, chopped mint, pineapple and salt. Add pineapple essence (3 drops) and more salt to taste.

You then put rice in a bowl and layer with sauce and rice so there are 3 layers in total. Tip out onto plate.

Apr 08, 2010
Yum Asia in Home Cooking

Best Fried Rice & Stir Fry Recipes

We posted our recipe for fried rice on Chow a while ago - you can just take the chicken out and use loads of veggies instead, we do this often.

Adding sweet chilli sauce to the fried rice gives a nice spicy but sweet flavour! Always use cold rice though...we've made fried rice with slightly warm rice it's turned out just not quite right texture wise.

Apr 08, 2010
Yum Asia in Home Cooking

tips for getting started with fried rice

We do our fried rice the same as others on here...stir fry the meat and veg first and then set aside. Then stir fry the cold rice adding a bit of soy sauce at a time (so there isn't too much, just enough to taste. Then add a huge dollop of sweet chilli sauce and make sure it coats all of the rice. Add the cooked meat and veg back in and mix with the rice, making sure it's hot all the way through.

The addition of sweet chilli sauce makes the fried rice have a nice spicy taste but not too overpowering! No egg though as one of us can't eat them :(

Apr 08, 2010
Yum Asia in Home Cooking

Rice . . .

First of all we always advise our customers to buy the very best rice they can - we usually use basmati and Thai jasmine rice for our plain white rice. When choosing packs of rice, make sure there aren't too many broken grains in there as this can sometimes cause a problem with sticky rice - make sure the majority of the grains in the pack are long.

Before cooking, measure your rice out into the measuring cup and transfer to a sieve and rinse under cold running water until the liquid coming from the rice is clear, the starch in the rice can often be the culprit for soggy rice.

Then leave the rice to drain for 5 minutes or so, to make sure all the water has run off (give it a good shake and shuffle to make sure).

Put the rice into the rice cooker and flatten the top of the rice pile down and fill the cooker up to the relevant line with fresh, cold water. We fill to the bottom of the indicated line rather than the top - the less water there is in the machine during cooking, the less sticky and soft the rice will be - a very precise way of doing things, but it works.

Once the cooker has swtiched to keep warm, open the lid, give the rice a good stir with the spatula to release any excess water and to break any clumps of rice which may have formed and then leave on keep warm for maybe 30 minutes.

This works every time in our Zojirushi. If you are getting gummy or sticky rice in a rice cooker you are definitely using too much water.

Also for fried rice it's really important that the rice you stir fry with the soy sauce is cold - don't attempt to make fried rice with warm rice it will just be gloopy and not taste very nice. Leave the rice to cool for at least 2 hours (put it in the fridge if you have to!) then add the cold rice to your wok we usually break the rice up as much as possible so there aren't big chunks of rice stuck together...another tip is don't add too much soy sauce at once, just add a little at a time and mix into the rice with a spatula. You will then get a much better result for your fried rice.

Apr 08, 2010
Yum Asia in Home Cooking

Zojirushi Rice Cooker - Which one?

Hi Birmingham, to answer your question about the capacity of the Zojirushi 5.5 cup rice cookers.

The 5.5 cup or 1 litre capacity refers to uncooked rice not cooked rice as you say. The 5.5 cup models cannot cook the full capacity of brown rice due to the fact that brown rice expands more than white rice, but they do cook between 1 and 4 cups of uncooked brown rice. For guidance the measuring cup is 180ml so the full uncooked brown rice capacity of a 5.5 cup Zojirushi is therefore 720ml (although we are not sure why the measurement is in ml!!)

Hope this helps

Feb 23, 2010
Yum Asia in Cookware

Tankless, point-of-use water heater for coffee & tea

The Zojirushi hot water heater/dispensers are great...especially the 'new generation' VE hybrid ones which save up to 60% electricity compared to their 'normal' water heaters. This is because of the VE technology where you can press a button and a vacuum is turned on conserving the water temperature and switching the power off completely.

We own a CV-CSQ30 (UK model), US model is possibly a CV-DSC and comes in a range of Joe above we wouldn't be without ours, hot water at the press of a button and doesn't cost too much to run either!

Jan 25, 2010
Yum Asia in Cookware

seeking rice cooker advice

Just to give a little bit more information about the voltage issue which Paulustrious mentioned above. The power supply in the UK is actually the same as mainland Europe - 220-240v and 50hz - the UK government standardised our power with Europe back in the 1990's, so we are all the same...the only difference is the plug used between countries.

The problem with voltage conversion using a transformer (as our electrician has told us) is that it's fine to use a step-up/down transformer when the hz cycle is the same, however when the hz cycle is different then this is when the problems start.

The transformer only converts voltage and if you are using a 60hz machine on 50hz power or vice versa, then eventually it will break/burn out. We have had several customers who this has happened with when they bought a Zojirushi from the US and used it with a transformer in Europe.

Anyway...back to the original question! Zojirushi's consistently gets the best reviews of rice cookers, the durability and build quality are legendary!

Jan 25, 2010
Yum Asia in Cookware

Zojirushi Rice Cooker NSZCC10 DISHWASHER SAFE?

We always say to our customers not to put their Zojirushi non-stick inner bowls into a dishwasher...there really isn't a need to do this. With the inner bowl, all you need to do is wipe with a damp cloth and then dry with kitchen paper.

If the inner lid needs cleaning (if you have cooked things other than rice in it) then we tell customers to soak the inner lid for a while in some warm water with a little bit of bicarbonate of soda. Then wash gently in warm soapy water and rinse well so all the soap residue is gone.

Jan 25, 2010
Yum Asia in Cookware

Zojirushi Rice Cooker - Which one?

As others have said, most rice cookers only have a countdown timer in the last 15-20 minutes of the cooking cycle. On Zojirushi fuzzy logic rice cookers the countdown starts at 15 minutes. No fuzzy logic rice cooker will have a countdown from when you press the 'cook' button, this is simply because each batch of rice is different and takes different amounts of time to cook.

In the manual for a TGC10/TGQ10 (for example) it lists the cooking time for white rice as between 40-55 minutes. So you add the water and rice and press cook. The rice cooker then brings the water to the correct temperature and starts to steam the rice, the micro-computer chip (ie the fuzzy logic) then makes small adjustments in the temperature to ensure the even cooking of the rice. It's only when the cooking cycle gets to the last 15-20 minutes (when the majority of the water has evaporated) that it will know when the rice will be ready. Each batch of rice will absorb water at a different rate.

If you like the idea of having your rice ready for a set time, then set the timer - all Zojirushi fuzzy logic rice cookers have a time feature - you can then have the rice ready on 'keep warm' for when you arrive in from work! Then it would take any remaining 'guesswork' away from cooking the rice.

Jan 25, 2010
Yum Asia in Cookware

Strange Rice Cooker Question

Agreed with the others, don't put a bowl in your inner bowl it will damage it. If you want your porridge/oatmeal ready for when you wake up then put everything in before you go to bed and set the timer (but don't put milk in - it may spoil overnight), you'll wake up to nice hot porridge/oatmeal which you can add dried fruit, milk, honey etc too!

We use the following recipe in our 5.5 cup Zojirushi, just scale down for the 3 cup. It's a great recipe and the rice cooker makes it very easy.

Ingredients (serves 4*)
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
1 cup half oats & half water
3-4 spoons (or more to your own taste) honey or brown sugar and dried fruit

* You may need to experiment with the amounts of oats and water, depending on whether you like thick or thin oat porridge!

Place steel cut oats and water in the inner cooking pan.
Place the inner cooking pan in the main body of the rice cooker, plug in the unit, select the "Porridge" setting and push the "Cooking" button to start.
When the rice cooker turns to "Keep Warm," open the lid, stir and add the remaining ingredients.
Using the Timer function and soaking the oats overnight will help soften the texture.

Dec 26, 2009
Yum Asia in Cookware

Zojirushi Rice Cooker - Which one?

Cooking times for a Zojirushi are as follow:

Models such as LAC05/LAQ05, TGC10/TGQ10, TGC18/TGQ18
40-55 minutes for plain white rice
27-39 minutes for quick cooking white rice setting
1 hour 40 mins for brown rice

Model such as ZCC10/ZAQ10
37-56 minutes for plain white rice (depending on what texture you have selected)
36-42 minutes for quick cooking white rice setting
1 hour 40 minutes for brown rice

Hope this helps!

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