While we were growing up, it was a ritual of sorts to pack an electric kettle for all our trips to the hills. The elders in the family needed their ‘subah ki chai’ on time, and we were just not ready to trust the room service with such a huge responsibility. In one such trip, the children in the family were up to some mischief; we snuck out the electric kettle from the cabinet, poured in a bottle of water, followed by Maggi and the masala. What ensued was a ride replete with pride, discovery (and a little bit of mess...just a little). Nonetheless, we had cooked Maggi in the hills, without even turning on the stove, and that called for a celebration! Ever since then, the electric kettle has been our closest companion, especially during those untimely cravings. But, of course, you don’t realise, that this portable kitchen equipment is more than just a machine to boil water for your tea or coffee.

Here are four ways you can use your electric kettle to fix yourself a quick meal:

1. Pasta

Yes, you heard us, making pasta is also possible in a kettle. Here's what you need to do.

Boil pasta in enough water in the electric kettle.

Drain the pasta, wash with cold water, drain again and keep it aside.

Melt some butter in the hot kettle, add chopped veggies like onions, tomatoes, capsicum.

Fry for a minute. Mix well. Add salt, mix again.

Pour this buttery-veggie mix on top of the pasta.

Mix everything well and eat.

2. Rice

Rice lovers rejoice, and try this new way of preparing rice. 

Soak rice in water for over 25 minutes. Meanwhile, you can get your veggies such as carrot, broccoli, beans and capsicum.

Add all the veggies and the rice to the kettle with some butter and salt.

Allow it to cook for about 15-20 more minutes.

Serve hot with a garnish of chopped coriander. You can also throw in some sweet corns in the mix.

3. Oatmeal

Are you too pressed for time to switch on the gas for making breakfast? Just boil some water in the kettle, transfer to a bowl. Add your oatmeal, followed by chopped fruits like strawberries and bananas; finish it off with a dollop of honey and chia seeds.

4. Instant noodles

Wondering how to power through those midnight cravings? Don’t. Boil some water, throw in the noodles, masala, salt, veggies of your choice. Cook the noodles until done and chomp away.