An oven alternative

When we first moved into our apartment here, I was stunned to discover that we had no oven. I was even more surprised to learn that many Indian kitchens do not have ovens. This caught me off guard big time. After all, I am the girl who brought yeast over here in bulk thinking that I would bake my own bread.

Yeah, not so much. This whole no oven thing led to a complete overhaul of my cooking repertoire.

For several months I walked past the cake mix aisle of the grocery store without giving it a second thought, then, a few days ago, it suddenly struck me as odd.

Wait a minute. How are those cakes being baked anyway?

Upon further examination:

They are not being baked at all.

The microwave cake sounds horrible in my opinion, like something I might have experimented with in my dorm room in college. The cooker cake, on the other hand, has some potential. I bet it ends up being a fairly moist cake. If I had a pressure cooker, I would probably give that one a try. Maybe I’ll see a rice cooker cake mix that I can try. Well, as long as it is eggless, I can’t bring myself to buy or eat the room temperature eggs that are sold here.

An aside: Notice the green dots at the upper right hand corner of each box. All food in India is clearly labeled as either vegetarian or not using a red or green dot. This type of notation is fairly common on restaurant menus as well. Pretty handy in a country where such a high percentage of the population is vegetarian!

  1. A cake in a pressure cooker? Interesting…. I think?
    And I can’t blame you for avoiding the microwave option!

  2. Kier said:

    Eeewww – making a cake in the microwave? I agree, that sounds pretty nasty. But this is coming from a girl who doesn’t even own a microwave!

    Interesting that there are no ovens…I clearly would not survive in such a place.

  3. We don’t have an oven here in Korea either. We purchased a fairly large toaster oven and my wife does her baking with that. It does the trick, but we won’t be baking for a lot of people as we can only bake 6 muffins at a time. HA!

    • Brit said:

      That’s a pretty good idea. If I had known beforehand, I would have requested a toaster oven in our apartment.

  4. jen said:

    Most people in India use the toaster oven as their oven of choice…for a few years we didn’t have a regular oven, either and I suffered. I just wasn’t confident enough to use the toaster oven for baking – but I do know lots of folks who make really amazing and delicious baked goods using one. 🙂

  5. Dana said:

    I am intrigued….. who knows, maybe the microwaved one is fabulous and you’re missing out LOL! You gotta try it — PLEASE????

    • Brit said:

      Maybe. I need to see what type of container is required for ‘baking’ it. We have like zero equipment in our kitchen.

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