CALO­RIE CRUNCHER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - — NIDHI SIN­GAL

On our wish­list for a long time, the Philips Air Fryer can fry food with 80 per cent less oil in com­par­i­son to con­ven­tional meth­ods. OP­ER­A­TION

The Air­fryer is a so­phis­ti­cated cook­ing ap­pli­ance—al­though with just two knobs for con­trol­ling tem­per­a­ture and time—but it can be op­er­ated even by chil­dren. The fully ad­justable tem­per­a­ture con­trol al­lows you to pre-set the tem­per­a­ture up to 200 de­grees Cel­sius for up to 30 min­utes. The LED turns from green to red as soon as the de­sired tem­per­a­ture is achieved. You can open the food com­part­ment while cook­ing to check and flip the food over if needed. CON­CEPT

Philips says its fryer uses patented Rapid Air tech­nol­ogy to fry food us­ing only a frac­tion of the nor­mal amount of oil. The hot air cir­cu­lates in the com­part­ment and helps cook food placed on the grill. As it only uses air to fry snacks, cook meats and bake cakes, no smoke or smell is gen­er­ated. COOK­ING

Well, we could fry fresh potato fin­gers with less than one spoon of oil. The re­sults proved bet­ter if the fries are evenly sliced. With other veg­eta­bles and cottage cheese, the fryer en­sured they re­tained the juices and tasted good. How­ever, like with con­ven­tional and mi­crowave ovens, you will re­quire some time to per­fect the cook­ing time and tem­per­a­ture. But un­like in ovens it is not nec­es­sary to pre­heat the fryer (though we would add it still is a bet­ter idea to do so). The de­vice comes with a food sep­a­ra­tor, in case you want to cook two sep­a­rate dishes at the same time. The cook­ing com­part­ment vol­ume, how­ever, is re­stricted and you can cook only small por­tions at a time.

PHILIPS AIR FRYER Price:

` 14,995

Specs:

Tem­per­a­ture con­trol; Time con­trol; 2.2-litre ca­pac­ity; 7 kg weight, 1me­tre cord length.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Good for oil-free cook­ing, but health comes at a price.

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