Wonderchef Nutri-Pot review: Smart electric cooker makes preparing food simpler
It is microprocessor controlled, and offers precise control over heat, time and pressure.
Smart, single pot electric cooker
Price: Rs 6,999
One of the hardest things about cooking is the constant supervision it requires. This appliance is called the Nutri-Pot and it aims to make daily cooking less of a chore. It’s also called an Instant Pot or single pot cooker and known by various other brand names in different markets. Think of it as an electric pressure cooker (it also has a pressure release valve on top). It can also double as a steamer, warmer, rice cooker and help you make yogurt at home. However – and this is the crucial bit – unlike a conventional stove-top pressure cooker, the Nutri-Pot is microprocessor controlled and offers precise control over heat, time and pressure. Plus, it won't overcook or burn food.
Apart from making cooking simpler, the main idea is to preserve nutrients which are so often lost during conventional cooking. On the control panel, you can choose from pre-set dishes like rice/pulav, khichdi/biryani, chicken curry, mutton curry, dal, rajma/chole, veg curry, soup, yogurt, cake, sambhar and baby food. As you can gather, Nutri-Pot has been specifically designed for Indian cooking. The other options include steaming, slow cooking, sauté, a full manual mode and reheating.
In the box, you get some basic operating instructions (far too basic in our opinion) and a large, hardcover cookbook curated by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Everything in the cookbook is geared towards cooking with the Nutri-Pot. Incidentally, Kapoor is one of the creators of the Wonderchef brand. What's more, if you look online, you'll find scores of recipes to help you cook with appliances like this (search for Instant Pot recipes). We tried it with everything from plain rice, re-heating and browning to cooking rajma and curry from scratch.
Overall, the Nutri-Pot gets a thumbs up from us. It takes time to master it but it's not too expensive and can do the work of multiple appliances. As a bonus, the brushed aluminium design looks rather good on the kitchen counter.