The right microwave for my cooking

Many people are wary of using microwave ovens because they believe that it changes the chemical nature of food or leads to tumours because of radiation. However, these facts have been refuted by many researchers. Radiation can only leak if the oven door is damaged or doesn’t seal properly. Even in such a case, the leakage will be too small to cause any health risk.

In fact, the food cooked in a microwave is considered healthier as it uses less oil. Also, a microwave oven is energy-efficient as it cooks food faster and uses 70-80% less energy than a traditional one. So, you can save on power bills and LPG gas.

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Which microwave oven suits your needs?

Solo: These microwave ovens are usually small (19-23 litres), simple to operate and cheaper than the other two variants. They can perform all basic cooking functions besides defrosting and reheating. Most models come with a full suite of features mentioned above. It’s preferable to opt for one that has automatic sensors and multi-stage cooking. However, such microwave ovens cannot be used for grilling or baking.

Price: Rs 4,000-8,000

Grill: The devices with this feature offer microwave cooking, as well as grilling, toasting and broiling. Their size varies from 18-28 litres. At times, they are incorrectly labelled as microwave/convection ovens, but a true convection oven has a heating element and a fan to push the heated air into the cavity. Also, don’t expect all grill ovens to work as fabulously as your barbeque or tandoor. You won’t get the same quality of roasting and certainly not the smoky flavour.

Price: Rs 5,000-15,000

Convection: These products offer both microwave energy and heat. They are the most versatile and can perform all cooking functions, including baking. This is why they are more expensive than the other two variants. They combine a convection heat cycle with microwave energy for rapid baking, so baking time can be cut in half. You can opt only for the convection mode to bake, which takes as much time as a traditional oven, but allows you to use metal containers. –