Crispy Rice Cooker lets you push a button and walk away

If you’ve ever had bibimbap in a stone pot, you know the rice at the bottom of the bowl starts to turn brown and crispy as you dig your way through the meal. It turns out that tanned clump of rice is a big deal in Persian cooking. Known as tahdig, it’s an extremely popular dish. “At Iranian family feasts, tahdig is possibly the one dish that will disappear entirely from the table — there are simply no leftovers. Ever,” writes Louisa Shafia at The Splendid Table. She describes the taste as somewhere between popcorn and fried chicken.

The technique for making tahdig involves boiling the rice, frying the crispy layer, then cooking it again. Soheil Shahrooz hopes to simplify the process with his Crispy Rice Cooker. “We wanted to bring a staple of traditional cultures to the new age,” he tells Digital Trends. He and his wife, Dr. Dorsay Nia Shahrooz, started the company, and his brother, Sepehr Seeno Shahrooz, is the vice president and head of marketing.

“It takes years to perfect a recipe and the method of cooking it,” says Shahrooz. Even experienced chefs can botch the process, he said. The cooker is designed to be foolproof. Essentially, it’s as easy as adding your ingredients and pushing a button. While you can make white rice, the cooker will automatically shift to “fry mode” once it’s done cooking. You can set the timer to between 15 and 20 minutes to dictate how crispy you want your tahdig.

The cooker can make between one and three cups of rice at a time. In addition to making both plain rice and tahdig, the Crispy Rice Cooker will also steam and broil food, so you could make other dishes in it as well. Solus Brands, Shahrooz’s company, plans to include a recipe book when the cooker starts shipping.

The Crispy Rice Cooker might seem like a bit of a niche product (“My family is actually very passionate about having soft and fluffy rice,” said one of my friends when I showed the device), but that’s why it’s perfect for Kickstarter. You can pre-order one now for $40, with shipping expected in September 2016. The company has a working prototype but still is still awaiting testing and compliance with some regulations. As with all crowdfunding projects, it’s backer beware.

Smart Home

The Instant Pot Lux is a gateway drug into the pleasures of pressure cooking

The 3-quart Instant Pot Lux is one of the most affordable Instant Pots you can buy. Is it still a solid pressure cooker? Here are our thoughts on the Instant Pot Lux, a great IP baseline model.
Smart Home

The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

What is this magical mechanism? It's an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center.
Smart Home

Thinking of buying an Instant Pot? Here's what you need to know

The Instant Pot is a powerful kitchen appliance that does everything from pressure cook to to slow cook to steam. Heck, you can even make yogurt in it. Here's all you need to know about the magic device.
Smart Home

The best multicookers for 2019 for everything from sauteing to slow cooking

Find the best multicookers for your cooking ambitions. Whether you are just getting started in the kitchen or you've been cooking for years and want a device to make it easier, these are the best smart pots for you to choose from.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Busted: Facebook Portal gets 5-star reviews from company employees

It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart display received a tepid response at launch, so it was something of a surprise to see lots of glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. Turns out some were written by Facebook workers.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.
Smart Home

DS3 Clean water-free swatches could be the future of cleaning products

DS3 Clean swatches were on display at CES 2019. The small swatches come in several types, including shampoo and toilet cleaner. They're great for travel, but their real impact is in how such supplies will be shipped and stored.
Smart Home

Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols.
Smart Home

Amazon Prime members number more than 100 million in the U.S., survey says

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated there were 101 million U.S. Amazon Prime members as of December 31, 2018. Last April, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote there were more than 100 global million Prime members.
Smart Home

With focus on interoperability, is Nevo Butler a smarter home hub?

Universal Electronics is the latest company getting into the smart home market, announcing at CES 2019 that it intends to market the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub with onboard A.I. and voice control technology.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Google’s radar-sensing tech could make any object smart

Computer scientists have shown how Google’s Soli sensor can be used to make dumb objects smart. Here's why radar-powered computing could finally make the dream of smart homes a reality.