The Solar Cooker we use

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IMP: We don’t make those solar cookers.  We just use them.  Please contact Mr Venkatesh of VESAT Solar Coimbatore at +91 94433-63540. Do give our reference.

Below is a photo of the solar cooker we bought from Vesat, Coimbatore, in action on our lawn.  We have been using it for the past week to cook rice and daal.  The food is in the black circular metal boxes inside the glass case. The mirror above directs the sun downwards. The boxes are black coated to absorb as much heat as possible. Will add some photos of the food too later.


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27 comments so far


OOoOh a solar cooker. My mom used to use it back in the 80’s. It gets so hot, once I almost steamed my eyebrows off when I helped her take out the cooked food. she used it for anything she would ordinarily have put in a pressure cooker. what do you cook in it?

Does the black paint chip off your cooker thingie? Mom’s cooker had to be handled with kid gloves and it wasnt exactly usefriendly in terms of getting touch up heat retaining paint etc. But that was in the 80’s!

How much does that cost? Is it freely available? any thoughts why it hasnt caught on in rural areas? or has it?

do you follow much about the solar lantern project for rural india, mentored by Dr. Pachauri? I made a contribution to it and urge everyone to check it out. Grass roots, baby steps. That will lead to great things.

February 3rd, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Do try making baked (actually dry steamed… in thier own moisture) potatoes in that thing. They were the best I have ever eaten. Even better than conventional oven baking. A little desi strained dahi (better than sour cream or cream cheese) with snipped scallions or dill (sua)… hmmmm… heaven.

February 3rd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Thanks Kiran,
On suggestions on what to cook in solar cooker. Maybe you could send us some more recipes. So far it has been rice, daal and vegetables like beans, corn, gram (channa). Will certainly try the potatoes your style…. I love potatoes anytime. The cooker cost about Rs 3500/- and quite a few models are available I think. We got this one thru Vesat Solar Products – the people who did our solar water heating too. Will post pictures of those too.
Tina says paint chips – oh hell. Will post info on that as and when. Have heard of Dr. Pachauri’s project but not been following too much. Guess in these parts electric grid still going strong so no incentive to move to that.

February 4th, 2009 at 9:41 am

We’ve got a solar cooker too. I use it for most of our everyday cooking – daal, rice. To my surprise found that rajma cooked so soft and nice in it. ( I thought it would just help reduce the pressure cooking time needed). But the best discovery was that it baked cakes beautifully. So now I don’t have to wait to build my wood-fired oven. We’re already enjoying whole wheat, jaggery sweetened cakes from the solar cooker. Will try bread soon, although I expect it needs a much higher temperature. If bread doesn’t quite make it I think something like pitta bread or foccaccia might do better. Will report back on my experiments when I get around to doing them.

February 18th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

ooh,ooh…..forgot to mention that yes the paint is peeling off. Not doing anything about it as yet. Will have to find out what’s the best thing to do. I’m wondering if I coat some oil and let it smoulder and become sooty will it be better. Paint just doesn’t stick well to the metal surface.

February 18th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
ashok s kitta

i want solar cooker

July 16th, 2009 at 12:30 pm
Naresh Sharma

Is your product qualify for Government Subsidy throughout the country? If so, provide me your wholesale rate and minimum number of Solar Cooker for order.

January 11th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi Naresh,
We don’t make this solar cooker. We bought it and just use it. It is made by VESAT folks and you can search for them on the net.

January 26th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hi Naresh,
We don’t make those solar cookers. We just use them. Please contact Mr Venkatesh of VESAT Solar Coimbatore at +91 94433-63540. Do give our reference.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:48 am

i like solar cooker

January 18th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!
! Finally I have found something that helped me. Thank you!

February 4th, 2013 at 11:27 am

please send me price list of solar cooker box type and 4 nos cooking box set

February 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Hi Jaiveersingh, I am afraid we don’t manufacture the solar cooker. It is made by Vesat and you could contact Mr Prakash at +91 94426-45884. This is in Coimbatore but I am sure he can guide you to an outlet closer to where you live. Regards, Mansoor.

May 23rd, 2013 at 1:33 am

Hi Jaiveer Singh, we don’t make those solar cookers. We just use them. Please contact Mr Venkatesh of VESAT Solar Coimbatore at +91 94433-63540. Do give our reference.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:48 am

hi i am prasenjit mi phon no-7384698855 pliss cont me

April 24th, 2013 at 7:05 am

Hi Prasenjit, you could please send me your query at acreswildfarm@gmail.com. Thanks, Mansoor.

May 23rd, 2013 at 1:34 am

Hi Prasanjit,
You are most welcome to call me at 94432-32621.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:46 am

I am Sabharwal we are using solar cooker to save gas in 1980 when it was introduced in gujrati Ahmedabad but unluckily i am not getting the black boxes to cook th food so my solar cooker is lying unused from the last 10 year I will be thhankful. If someone can guide me from where I can get the boxes

May 27th, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Sabharwal,
Good to hear that you are have already been using solar cookers for so long. Am not sure where to get the black boxes and that too specific to your solar cooker. Maybe you can google for some info on how you could fabricate the black box yourself. Cannot be too tough. Except for to get the correct type of paint that can take that heat.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:38 am
raghunandanan K

I am interested to use solar cooker .please give supplier address,mail or tel no

September 3rd, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Please contact Mr Venkatesh of VESAT Solar Coimbatore at +91 94433-63540. Do give our reference.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:35 am
raghunandanan K

good We can save gas

I am interested to purchase one

give details

September 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hi Raghunadanan, sorry we don’t sell those solar cookers. We just use one. You could contact Mr Venkatesh of Vesat Solar, Coimbatore at +91 94433-63540. Do give our reference.

May 1st, 2015 at 9:06 am
raghunandanan K

thank you

September 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Have u checked parabolic sheffler cookers from Princeindia – dhule. They are available in domestic as well as community version.

April 12th, 2015 at 7:40 am

please send me prise of solar cooker with gov.subcidies.

April 23rd, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Hi Dipak,
Sorry we don’t sell the solar cookers but you could call contact Mr. Venkatesh at Vesat Coimbatore +91 94433-63540.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:29 am

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