Fire is undoubtedly the most essential ingredient in modern day cooking. It helps in enhancing the taste of several dishes.
Interestingly, the first human civilizations didn’t even know how to light the fire in their times. Researchers believe that ancient humans survived on raw vegetables and fruits, but I think they must have had their own cooking without fire recipes at least in some form.
Well, it certainly is a fascinating thought, as we are now entering into the world where innovations like oil-less cooking are looking to take over the traditional food making processes.
Hence, I am going to share a few useful recipes that do not require fire at all. You can also make use of these basic Indian recipes to prepare for the fireless cooking competitions.
If you’re looking to teach kitchen lessons to your kids at home, the following fireless cooking dishes can be a great way to introduce them to this new world.
Cooking without Fire Indian Recipes
No heat! No fire! Let’s see what magical recipes you can create in such tricky situation –
Chutneys are probably the most simplest and oldest form of fireless cooking recipes. For these accompaniments, you just have to use mortar & pestle to make the coarse paste of available sweet, spicy and tangy ingredients.
If you don’t have these tools, you may grind the ingredients in regular grinder as well.
Here are a few popular varieties that can be tried at home –
- Vada Pav Chutney
- Mint Chutney
- Coriander Chutney
- (Dates) Khajur Chutney
Tip for Competitions :- In order to impress the judges, add secret ingredients like peanuts, cashews, walnuts, grated pineapple, grated cheese etc. during the preparation of your chutney.
These unusual and interesting ingredients can help you score more, so do add them as per dry and wet chutneys.
This is what you need for a perfect milkshake – Milk, Yogurt/Fresh Cream, Sugar and your favorite fruit.
Grind them together and serve! Isn’t it so simple?
Now, explain this recipe to your kids in same fashion, and watch them making the delicious milkshake.
For your reference, here is a list of popular Indian milkshake varieties –
- Mango Milkshake
- Dry-fruit Milkshake
- (Sapota) Chikoo Milkshake
- Sweet Lime Milkshake
Tip for Competitions :- Since there isn’t much that can be done with its preparation technique, experiment with garnishing items.
For example, garnish it with chocolate curls (if allowed) and orange zest. This combination works every time!
Lassi is very much a desi version of Milkshakes. So, you don’t have to deal with fire here as well.
The only difference between these two types is that you will have to add more Yogurt than Milk while making Lassi.
Some people also like to enhance its flavour with traditional Indian spice powders, such as Cardamom Powder, Nutmeg Powder and Cinnamon Powder.
Tip for Competitions :- Apart from trying different fruit flavors, there is a lot of room to play with various spices. For instance, fresh Vanilla gives absolutely awesome end result with Lassi if used in limited proportion.
Biscuit Cake –
Yes, you can prepare biscuit cake without fire. Follow the easy steps below and enjoy it with kids and family.
- Crush the chocolate Marie biscuits (10 nos.) in a grinder till you get the fine consistency.
- Take a bowl and add the powdered biscuits, milk (1/2 cup), sugar (5-6 tablespoon or as per your taste) and butter (2 tablespoon) in it.
- Mix these ingredients with a whisker.
- Pour this mixture in the baking tray and set it properly. Garnish with slivered Almonds & Pistachios.
- Now, place the tray in the freezer for 20-25 minutes, and then transfer it to refrigerator section for an hour. When it’s done perfectly, cut into pastry pieces and serve.
Tip for Competitions :- Twist this cake in different flavors like Fresh Fruit, Dark Chocolate, Cocoa, Vanilla, etc.
If you’re going to make fruit flavored cake, don’t use chocolate Marie biscuits. You may add low-cal or regular biscuits in this cake’s recipe.
Kulfi, the hot-selling popsicles in India, can be prepared with or without the use of fire. Many of us know the traditional way of making these Kulfis at home, but it does require heat to boil the milk and other ingredients.
Here’s how to make Kulfi without fire –
- Get a bowl and add condensed milk & evaporated milk in equal quantity.
- In this, add some cashew powder and pistachio powder. Mix well.
- Pour this mixture in the Kulfi moulds and freeze it for 5-6 hours.
- When you want to enjoy it, take out from the freezer and remove gently.
Tip for Competitions :- In fruit Kulfi variation, add small chunks of fresh fruits while making the mixture. These pieces bring quite refreshing touch to the Kulfis.
Doodh Poha –
Doodh Poha, the mix of milk and flattened rice, is one of the easiest and tastiest Maharashtrian delicacies in India. For its recipe, you should soak the flattened rice in water for half an hour or so.
Once the rice absorbs water and becomes soggy enough, mix it with milk, sugar and cardamom powder. Serve it as a breakfast dish.
Note – Generally, people add warm milk and grated coconut in this recipe, though it doesn’t make much difference to the taste.
Tip for Competitions :- Just like you prepare cornflakes for the breakfast, throw in some of your favorite fruits in Doodh Poha and you will have a new delicacy in front of you. It will completely transform the original recipe.
Sun-Dried Tomato Chat –
Chat is a popular snack item on the streets of India. Each seller prepares this snack differently in order to attract more customers to the shop, but there is not much difference in the basic preparation of chat.
You can also try many versions with your own creativity. Here’s my healthy version of chat –
- Mix the sun-dried tomatoes with chopped onions and Mung bean sprouts.
- Sprinkle some salt, chat masala and lemon juice on top of it.
Did you notice something?
I have simply used sun-dried tomatoes in this snack, which helped in bringing a bit of crunch as well as tart flavor to your preparation. I have also replaced the traditional Channa with Mung beans so that you can score more on health points.
Note – In case your kids don’t like it, mix some Sev or Farsan in it.
Tip for Competitions :- If you’re not interested in making chat, tweak the same recipe with few tablespoons of yogurt. The final outcome will be nothing but a sour and spicy raita.
Shrikhand is an excellent example of man’s imagination skills.
Want to know why? Check the recipe below.
- In a bowl, add hung yogurt (4-5 tablespoon), sugar and cardamom powder.
- Whisk these ingredients together till you see no lumps in the mixture.
- Transfer it in a small bowl and set inside the refrigerator.
Now, that’s truly a genius innovation as far as desserts are concerned. I can’t even think of any other dessert that has so easy preparation steps.
Tip for Competitions – Don’t make many changes in the recipe. Simply garnish it with some slivered nuts and Saffron strands.
The concept of cooking without fire may seem really cool, but I don’t think we can live with it for long. It’s just good for fun learning experiences and occasional competitions.
Fire has improved our food cultures in many ways over the years. It also helps in getting rid of the harmful bacterias that may be present in raw food items. So, there is no reason to entirely adapt the fireless techniques in modern kitchens.
What’s your take on this style of cooking? Would you prefer food prepared with no fire at all?
Do let me know your thoughts on this topic.