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Why use an Air Fryer, How good is Air Fryer, Benefits of using an air fryer

We hear a lot about Air Fryers in India now, so we will explain the benefits of an air fryer and the advantages of air fryer cooking. An air fryer uses hot air to cook the food and only very little oil is required which leads to a healthy diet. Cooking in an air fryer is easy, makes tasty food and is a healthy way of cooking. The food is being cooked by hot air circulating around the food and since the hot air is in a closed circuit inside an insulated container, the efficiency of air fryer cooking is very good. The Electricity used by an Air Fryer is only about 0.25 units for a normal cooking cycle of 15 minutes.

The main advantage of Air fryer cooking is that air fryer usage is very easy and even though the air fried food contains very little oil, the air fried food still tastes great. This is because the outside of the food is quickly fried and sealed with the fast moving hot air around the food and the food cooks in its on moisture retaining all the flavours. The air fried food is crispy on the outside and tender, soft and juicy inside.

The air fryer uses just very little oil, for example potato chips made in an air fryer contains 80% less oil than potato chips made by conventional deep frying. The air fried potato chips tastes better and contains so much less calories that you can eat as much as you want. Also making the potato chips in an air-fryer is so easy.

Advantages of using an Air Fryer

The other major advantages of Air Fryers is the convenience of use of air fryer for frying. The cooking is done in a few minutes, you do not have to stand over the air fryer like when food is being deep fried in hot oil over a gas burner with your face just over the frying pan breathing in the oil fumes and the burnt gases. You can put the food for frying in an air fryer and you can go about your other work or just relax on a sofa. The automatic temperature control and the automatic timer on the air fryer makes sure the food is fried just right and the Air Fryer offs by itself. Even if the food is left inside the air fryer for a long time after the air fryer switches off, the food will not burn in an Air Fryer. This is because the air fryer has less specific heat to transfer to the food when the electric power is switched off. To explain it simply, the Electric Air Fryer parts do not store heat because the air fryer body parts are light weight. So once the main heating coil is turned off, there is no more heat in the body parts of the air fryer to burn the food inside.

How does an Air Fryer work

How Philips air fryer Works

Here we have an official video released by Philips, the world's leading air fryer manufacturer, explaining how an air fryer works. It is a very short video of roughly one minute.

"This video explains the Rapid Air technology used in the innovative new Philips Airfryer. Using Rapid Air technology, the Philips air fryer circulates hot air around a metal mesh cooking basket, requiring little or no oil as it fries, bakes and grills.
Philips air fryer with Rapid Air technology also creates less smell than conventional fryers, it is easy to clean, safe and economical for your daily use!"

What can you cook in an Airfryer

Here in summary is what you can cook in an Air Fryer and what the advantages of cooking with an Air fryer is:

  • Air Fries, bakes, grills and roasts food using very little oil like one or two tea spoons.
  • Air Frying gives great tasting food, like deep frying without oil
  • Can cook automatically by setting the cooking time and temperature
  • The Air Fryer shuts off automatically and an alarm rings to tell you that the cooking is over.
  • The Air Fryer is a very safe way of cooking, there is no danger of oil fires, hot oil splattering over you while putting food into hot oil.
  • The Air Fryer is healthier not only with less oil, but also you do not breath in the burnt oil fumes like when your face is over the frying pan on a gas burner
  • Air Fryer tray can be washed and Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Most Air Fryers give a free Recipe Book with plenty of recipes.

How much electricity does an air fryer use

We will examine the maximum electricity an Air fryer uses. Let us take the case of the Air fryer with the highest electric power rating of an air fryer in India, which is 1500 watts. The maximum time an air fryer needs to cook a main meal is about 30 minutes. During this 30 minutes, the air fryer heater will not be 'ON' all the time, meaning that there will be intervals when the heater coil will be switched off by the automatic temperature control when the cooking temperature has reached the set cooking temperature. The heater of an air fryer consumes more than 90% of the power, the blower and other parts together consume less than 10% of the power. So it can be safely assumed that the air fryer heater coil power is 'ON' for two thirds of the time during cooking and one third of the time the power to heating coil will be 'OFF'.

Two thirds is = 0.67 and 30 minutes = 0.5 hours. So the air fryer will consume 1500x0.5x0.67 = 502.5 watt hours or approximately 0.5 Kilo-Watt Hours or half a unit of electricity per air fryer cooking cycle of 30 minutes. An air fryer cooking time with 30 minutes is only reached on rare occasions, most of the recipes for air frying takes only about 15 minutes on an average. Thus the maximum electricity an air fryer can use is not more than half a unit of electricity in a day. In case you do 2 air frying cooking of 30 minutes each, the maximum electric power consumed by the air fryer will only be 1 unit of electricity in a day. The Air Fryer in the example given above is the one with 1500 watts power, but most of the Air Fryers have a power rating which is less than 1500 watts and therefore consume much less than the half unit of electricity in a day.

Tips for using Air Fryer

These are some the important Air fryer usage tips

  • When air frying smaller food items like French fries you should shake the air fryer basket once or twice during cooking. This ensures even cooking and prevents the food from sticking together.
  • Should not overfill the air fryer basket, because this prevents hot air from circulating evenly over all of the food and will increase the cooking time. You will get better tasting food if the food is air fried in smaller batches.
  • Try to get a sprayer which can spray oil all over the food before air frying. This way less oil will be used, the food will be evenly coated with less oil and you get better tasting air fried food.
  • When air frying food on which you used bread crumbs, be sure that the bread crumbs are wet enough to stick to the food so as not to come off in the fast air flow around the food. If too dry, then bread crumbs can become airborne and may become burnt and cause excess smoke and may blocking the air filter in the air fryer. Wetting with beaten egg white liquid, the parts being coated with bread crumbs, is a good solution.

Best air fryer recipes online pdf

We have a list of the best free air fryer cook books available for download online as pdf files. These Airfryer recipes include airfryer vegetarian recipes. Please make use of them:

These are some of the best Recipe books on Air Fryers that is available for purchase from Amazon.in

How many types of Air Fryers are there?

There are three types of Air Fryers:

  1. Static Air Fryer in which the food stays stationary and the hot air circulates around it.
  2. Dynamic Air Fryer in which the food is gently stirred by a rotating paddle while the hot air circulates around it.
  3. Halogen Air Fryer where a special halogen light bulb is used as the heating element instead of normal heating coils. The Halo fryer, as it is commonly known as, can be of either the static or dynamic type. The static type Halogen air fryer is also known as the Halogen Oven. The efficiency of the halogen heating element is supposed to be better than the regular heating coils, but I would say the difference cannot be much. One major advantage with the halogen air fryer is that with the bright light inside the cooking chamber and a transparent glass cover, the food being cooked inside can be seen very clearly and it helps in knowing the end point of cooking like how brown the food has turned.

Best Air Fryers in India 2015

Here are some of the best Air fryer brands in India with their best model airfryer this year 2015. The air fryers are given in the order of the cheapest air fryers in India first, and then, at the bottom are the more expensive type of airfryers with a stirring paddle to stir the food while it is being cooked.

The best way to buy air fryer is by doing an online shopping on the leading three online sellers of Air Fryers in India. These are the links for:

Bajaj AFX7 Air Fryer
Bajaj AFX7 Air Fryer

Bajaj Majesty AFX7 Air Fryer

Power: 1230 Watts
Timer: 60 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: ??
Temperature Control: 80 to 200 degrees C
Frying Basket Volume: 2 Liters
List Price MRP: ₨.12,999
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




Kenstar Aster Oxy Fryer
Kenstar Aster Oxy Fryer

Kenstar Aster Oxy Fryer

Power: 1500 Watts
Timer: 30 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: ??
Temperature Control: 80 to 200 degrees C
Frying Basket Volume: ? Liters
List Price MRP: ₨.8,490
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




Havells Prolife Air Fryer
Havells Prolife Air Fryer

Havells Prolife Air Fryer

Power: 1230 Watts
Timer: 60 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes, with Auto Power off
Temperature Control: 80 to 200 degrees C
Frying Basket Volume: 2 Liters
List Price MRP: ₨.14,995
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




Philips Air Fryer HD9220-Black
Philips Air Fryer HD9220-Black

Philips HD9220 Air Fryer

Power: 1425 Watts
Timer: 30 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes, with Auto Power off
Temperature Control: 60 to 200 degrees C
Frying Basket Volume: 2.2 Liters
List Price MRP: ₨.14,995 (Black); ₨.15,995 (White)
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




Prestige Air Fryer PAF
Prestige Air Fryer PAF 1.0

Prestige Air Fryer PAF 1.0

Power: 1400 Watts
Timer: 30 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes, with Auto Power off
Temperature Control: 80 to 200 degrees C
Frying Basket Volume: ? Liters
List Price MRP: ₨.12,995
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




DeLonghi Model 1130 Airfryer
Delonghi Air Fryer model FH1130

Delonghi Air Fryer 1350 Watts, model FH1130

Power: 1350 Watts
Timer: 75 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes
Temperature Control: Automatic thermostat control
Frying Basket Capacity: 1.5 Kg fresh potato chips (before frying)
Tecnology: Dynamic Air fryer with paddle to gently stir food.
List Price MRP: ₨.25,075-
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




DeLonghi AirFryer Model 1163 with 1550 Watts power
DeLonghi AirFryer 1550W Model 1163

Delonghi Multicooker Classic Air Fryer FH 1163 (Grey and Black)

Power: 1550 Watts
Timer: 75 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes
Temperature Control: Automatic thermostat control
Frying Basket Capacity: 1.7 Kg fresh potato chips (before frying)
Tecnology: SHS (Surround Heating System) an exclusive De'Longhi technology with dual heating elements and a fan on the top heater, gives heat from top and bottom for surround cooking of the food. Also has a mixing paddle to stir food while cooking
Demo Video: YouTube demo video of Delonghi Multi Air Fryer
List Price MRP: ₨.27,820
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




Oster Halo Airfryer
Oster Halo 1300W Air Fryer

Oster Halo 1300W Air Fryer

Power: 1300 Watts
Timer: 75 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes
Temperature Control: Automatic thermostat control
Frying Basket Capacity: 1.5 Kg Fresh Potato chips (before frying)
Includes: Air Fryer, Lid, Paddle, Oil Measure Spoon, Roasting Rack, Non Stick Bowl, Detachable Bowl Handle and Drip TrayList Price MRP: ₨.15,295
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here




Oster Halo Airfryer
Oster Halo Air Fryer

Oster Halo Air Fryer

Power: 1100 Watts
Timer: 99 minute timer
Timer Auto Shut off: Yes
Temperature Control: Automatic thermostat control
Frying Basket Volume: 2.3 Liters
List Price MRP: ₨.13,995
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here


What is special about Oster Halo Air Fryer

The Oster Halo is different from the normal Air fryers. Normal air fryers are of the static type, meaning the food is not moving during the air fry cooking. For example, when frying potato chips, the potato chips are not moving and stay one on top of the other, and this could result in the potato chips getting stuck together. The Oster Halo is a dynamic Air Fryer, the food is gently stirred while it is being air fried. The pan of the Oster Halo fryer rotates and with the paddle being fixed, it gently stirs the food while being air fried. This results in a more even cooking.

For foods like Cutlets and Samosas, static air frying is a better choice, and for this the Oster Halo Fryer can be used without the paddle, so no stirring of the food takes place. Oster Halo Fryer also has a special stand which allows grilled food to be made in an air fryer and for the oil to drain away while air fry grilling of fatty foods like bacon or chicken drumsticks/chicken legs.

The other specialty of the Oster Halo Fryer is that it uses a powerful Halogen lamp as the heating element. Halogen cooking is the latest technology, which is popular in modern day ovens. With Halogen heating technology incorporated in a dynamic air fryer results in an air fryer using the best technologies. The Halogen heating lamp in the Oster Halo Fryer is advantageous in two ways: one, there is a bright light in the cooking area which enables to see what is being cooked inside the air fryer very clearly through the transparent cover. This is very helpful, for example, to know how brown the food has become inside the air fryer. Second, the halogen heating element is more efficient than the normal heating coils in ordinary Air fryers.

I own a more expensive Air Fryer, the Tefal Actifry described below, but in my opinion the Oster Halo Fryer is better, even though it is cheaper air fryer at about half the price. You can also make meat or vegetables currys in this Halo air fryer as described in the Tefal Actifry description below.

To see a demo of a Halo fryer similar to the Oster Halo Air Fryer see this YouTube Halo Fryer video



Tefal Actifry Air fryer cooker
Tefal Actifry Air fryer

Tefal Actifry Air Fryer

Power: 1400 Watts
Timer: 60 minute digital countdown timer with buzzer
Timer Auto Shut off: New models may have
Temperature Control: New models may have
Frying Basket Capacity: 1 Kg.
Made in: France
Price on Amazon.com: See Amazon Ad here
Website:Tefal Model FZ700251 ActiFry web-page on Amazon.in


What is special about the Tefal Actifry Air Fryer

The Tefal Actifry Air Fryer is also a dynamic air fryer as explained for the Oster Halo Fryer above.

The Tefal Actifry Air Fryer is very good for making semi dry curries. For this chopped onions with all the oil required for the curry are air fried first till the onions turn transparent or brown to your liking. The Tefal Actifry Air Fryer is then stopped and the lid opened to add the required spices and masalas and then air fried for under a minute till the masala raw smell has gone. Then again open the Tefal Actifry Air Fryer and add vegetable cubes or meat pieces with required salt. The Tefal Actifry Air Fryer lid is now closed for the final time and the ingredients allowed to cook for about 5 minutes for vegetables or about 15 minutes for raw meat. The juices from raw meat is usually enough to cook the meat. In case the vegetables or meat requires more cooking, they can be pre-cooked in a pressure cooker and the air frying time adjusted accordingly. This is just a general guide line to use an air fryer to make a semi-dry curry in a hurry. I have owned a Tefal Actifry Air Fryer for almost 2 years and use this air fryer cooking method to make delicious curries whenever the wife goes on holidays.

To see a demo of a similar model Tefal Actifry fryer in action see this YouTube Actifry Air Fryer video



Buying Air Fryers online from Amazon.in

The advantage of shopping for Air Fryers online is that you get to see all models of Airfriers available in India, with their best dicounted prices, on a single web page. Also buying from the worlds leading online retailer, Amazon, you are sure to get genuine products and the best of service, including, if necessary, installation and training by the actual manufacturers representatives.

Click on this link to see all Air Fryer models available in India with price on Amazon.in