HOW TO USE AN OTG/OVEN





After buying an otg (oven toaster and grill) the first thing that most beginners want to know is how to use it. As some otg manuals do not come with a recipe book, using an otg for the first time appears difficult. To ease out this problem, I have given a brief introduction on how to use an OTG and also a few recipes. Even though there are several brands available, the basic designs and accessories that come with an otg are similar. Hence you can compare the information given below with your brand of otg.
Since we use a Prestige otg, (and are quite happy with it) the information given here is related to it.

The first thing to do after buying your otg is to read the manual completely. This will give you a brief idea about how to operate it, clean it, the precautions to be followed, the accessories provided, and other basic information.

Introduction to the otg and its accessories

An otg is usually provided with 3 shelves or racks and 3 knobs to adjust the temperature, heating positions and time.

Temperature control knob - To adjust the temperature of the oven. The maximum temperature that can be set is 250 degrees Celsius.

Function knob- There are usually 4 heating rods provided in an otg, two above and two below. (Some small sized otgs have 2 rods). The function knob is used to select one from the 6 heating options. They are upper heating, lower heating, both upper and lower heating, rotisserie with upper heating, rotisserie with lower heating and rotisserie with both upper and lower heating.

Time control knob – The time control knob is used for setting the time. The time can be set according to the dish that you are making. E.g. while cakes take 25 to 35 minutes to bake, cookies can be baked in about 15 to 20 minutes or less. The maximum time that can be set in most ovens is 60 minutes.


The regular accessories provided with an otg are a baking tray, a grill rack, a crumb tray, a tray handle, 4 skewers, a rotisserie spit and a rotisserie handle.

baking tray:



This can be used for cooking or roasting fish, chicken, vegetables, etc and preparing pizzas, pita bread and puffs. You can also use this tray for heating food. Another vital use of this tray is that you can place it in the bottom rack of the oven when you are grilling chicken or vegetables in the middle rack or while using the rotisserie mode to cook Tikkas and kababs. This will help in preventing juices from the chicken from falling on the heating rods below.



crumb tray:



This is usually placed at the very bottom of the oven to collect any crumbs or pieces that may fall off during a baking or grilling process. It can be removed and cleaned.

Grill rack:


Cake pans, cookie trays, muffin moulds can be placed over the grill rack or large slices of chicken, fish, etc can also be grilled by directly placing them over it. Alternately, the grill rack can be turned upside down so that skewers can be placed over it to grill kababs, chicken, paneer, etc.



Rotisserie spit



The rotisserie spit is a long rod which is used to grill whole chicken or make tikkas and kababs ala Tandoori style. The USP is that it rotates and hence the food is evenly cooked on all sides.



Tray holder

 This is used to remove the hot grill rack and baking tray from the oven.

Skewers

The skewers can be used to prepare kababs, tikkas, grill small pieces of chicken or cubes of paneer and vegetables. During the grilling process, the skewers have to be turned once in a while to ensure uniform cooking.

Rotisserie handle

After using the rotisserie spit for grilling, the hot rod can be removed from the oven using this handle.


With the given accessories, you can make puffs, pizzas, and grill or roast chicken and vegetables but to bake cakes, cookies, etc there are some cake pans and moulds that are necessary to be bought.

1. Cake pans, preferably aluminium cake pans to make cakes and brownies.

2. Loaf pan to make breads

3. An aluminium tray to make cookies. Even though the baking tray can be used for this purpose, an aluminium tray is best suited for baking cookies.

4. Muffin and tart moulds

The heating mode to be set and the placement of the tray

Before baking or grilling anything, preheating the oven is a must. The oven has to be preheated for at least 10 minutes.



Even though any of the three racks can be used, we always prefer to use the central rack of the otg with both the upper and lower rods ON as it provides uniform temperature and aids in even cooking. Placing the tray in the lower rack might result in burnt up cakes if you do not adjust the correct time and temperature while placing it on top will result in a roasted effect on top with the inner side not being cooked. Hence for beginners it is better if you play it safe as you do not want a disaster in your first experience with baking.

Temperature to be set while baking/grilling

The temperature depends on the size of the oven and brand; it is only with practice that we can gauge the correct temp of our oven. It took us several burnt cakes and biscuits to come up with this list. It works best for our Prestige Otg and might work for yours as well.

Cakes: between 150 to 180 degrees C depending on the recipe
Cookies/ Biscuits: Generally 180 degrees C
Pizza: 200 degree C
Grilling/ Roasting: Maximum temperature 250 degrees C

For baking, roasting and grilling we always use the central rack of our oven and use both the upper and lower rods to get uniform temperature.

General Tips:
  • Follow the recipe accurately
  • Take care while setting up the time and temp for the oven as it varies from oven to oven.
  • Always keep a close watch when you are making it for the first time.
  • Always use a thick hand glove and do not touch the surface of the oven as you can easily get burns if you do not handle your trays and cake pans with caution.
For more tips related to baking cakes visit the cake baking tips page...

This is just a brief outline, more information on how to use an otg oven will be added soon. I have tried my best to give clear information, but I am not an expert in this. Hence it is advised to always use your discretion while following the information provided here and while trying out any of the recipes mentioned below.

Click on the links to get the recipes...






 


For more recipes of cakes, biscuits, cookies, pizzas, etc that can be cooked in an Otg, visit OTG recipes page.





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45 comments:

  1. Lovely post,Amina..Though we don't require it here as we have the conventional oven in every apartment,once am back to India,this will surely be required!!

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  2. wow very useful post dear..thnks for sharing!

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  3. Wat a useful post, definitely helpful for many of us.

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  4. such an informative post...im sure itl be of immense help to others who own an otg

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  5. very nice and informative post

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  6. very informative post for beginners ....

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  7. Very good information....Thnx for sharing...

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  8. Informative and very useful post. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. dear amina, thank you for giving simple instructions.i can now be more confident.

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  10. dear Amima

    Thanks very much for such a useful post for which you have taken time and effort to click related pictures too. Just need a feedback, how do you find prestige otg and how many litres is the one that is shown on the screen. What is the model number of this otg ?

    Regards
    Vidhya

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    1. Thanks for your comment... Prestige products are found throughout the country, alternately you can visit their website ttkprestige... There are totally 3 sizes of otg available in this brand, 9 ltr, 19 ltr, and 28 ltrs... Regarding the otg shown in the picture, it is 19 litres and the model no. is POTG 19 PCR....

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    2. Dear Amina,

      I am a first time baker and also completely new to OTG. the info you have posted is so useful to people like us staying in small cities. Just happy and delighted to share that I baked my first bread in my OTG and its come out just perfect.. Thanks to you again..

      Regards

      Rashmi

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    3. Hi Rashmi.. I am very happy that it came out perfect... :)

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  11. with so many accessories, i was really wondering how to use. but your post really helped me a lot. thanks a lot.

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  12. Hi Amina,thank u for this post.the tog manual

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  13. Hi Amina,the post was very useful to me as the otg manual was not informative enough.ur clear and simple explanation has got me started!thank u

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  14. Hi Amina, wonderful post it is very useful for all those are looking to buy an OTG.

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  15. Thanks Amina, buying an OTG tommorrow , your post helped a lot

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  16. hi amina,even i bought prestige otg can u tell me how should i set function knob for baking cakes.am waiting so that someone can answer.vino

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    1. you can turn the function (selector power) knob to the right as shown in the image that i have added under the The heating mode to be set and the placement of the tray. This will set ON both the upper and lower rods of the OTG which is ideal for baking cakes....

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  17. Very useful post Amina. thanks a lot......

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  18. Hi Amina, a doubt. Is there a pause button to stop cooking in between while we have to turn the kabas n such items? Also how to set the OTG to grill/bake mode? i am planning to buy the same model. pls help - Navya

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    1. There is no pause button in an otg... you can just open the door, turn the kababs using tongs and close it again and continue cooking.. And unlike a microwave, there is no grill or bake mode in an otg... For grilling,grill rack and skewers have to be used and the temp and time have to be set according to the instructions in the recipe. And for baking cakes aluminium pans are used and for puffs, etc the black baking tray is to be used and temp and time have to be set accordingly..

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  19. Hi Amina, thanks for such a useful post. i have a doubt regarding POTG. can we line the baking tray with aluminum foil, before baking chicken? is it safe to do so ? pls advice .

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    1. You can line the aluminium baking tray with aluminium foil for baking chicken. (I am not very sure about lining the black baking tray) Make sure you add a few drops of water to the pan before placing the foil. This will help the foil to stick to the pan. And lightly grease the foil with oil before placing the chicken.

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    2. update: You can line the black baking tray with aluminium foil and use it to roast the chicken. More details are available in this post.
      Baked chicken/ Roast chicken

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  20. Thank You Amina, for such a beneficial post. Can I share my doubt with you pls . While baking/grilling non veg or mushrooms on the grill rack, wont the liquid/oil ooze out from them? is the crumble tray sufficient to hold it? wont that flow from the crumb tray and be messy? can we keep the baking tray just below the grill rack to collect the oozing liquids? is it safe to do so? Pls Help

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    1. While grilling the juices from the chicken or mushrooms would indeed ooze out and hence it is better to use a greased black baking tray. Place the grill rack in the central shelf and the black baking tray in the lower shelf. The oozing liquids from the shelf will be collected in the baking tray and your oven and heating rods will not get messy...

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  21. Hi Amina. need to clear a doubt. can we use vazhayila/plaintain leaf in oven? is it safe? i wanted to bake a chicken covering it with plantain leaves. Pls help - Navya

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    1. plantain leaves are generally used while steaming chicken or fish... i am not very sure about using it in an oven... For baking chicken, i think an aluminium foil is a better option...

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  22. Many thanks for this Amina. The booklet accompanying the purchase of a Prestige OTG gives hardly any detailed information. Well done!

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  23. Could you please tell me how to remove the black and burnt splotches of drippings that have fallen on my crumb tray while grilling? I tired using normal dish washing detergent and scrubbers, but the black stains are not going :(

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  24. Lovely job!! Am sure to return to your blog every now n then! very useful n liked the detailing! kudos :) keep up the good work and keep posting more.

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  25. Hi Amina,thanku for the useful post.It will be a big help for beginers like me.

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  26. Thnks Amina!! I didn't really know how to use it but with the help of ur article, I can use my OTG effectively now...
    Thnks Alott!!
    :)
    Keep It Up!! :)

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  27. Hi Amina Di, I bought a prestige otg could you tell me how to grill chicken in it.

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    1. you can grill chicken by placing it directly over the grill rack. And make sure to place an aluminium or baking tray lined with aluminium foil below to prevent the juices from the chicken from falling on the rods below... you can set the temperature at 200 degree C and keep both the upper and lower rods on... the chicken cooks fast so keep a watch over it... the timing would vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and your oven... you can also check out these links for more info...

      http://aminacreations.blogspot.in/2013/01/baked-chicken-roast-chicken.html

      http://aminacreations.blogspot.in/2010/10/grilled-fish.html

      http://aminacreations.blogspot.in/2010/10/tandoori-chicken.html

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  28. This information will increase more and more people to know about all this electric appliances.Very Nice Post.it is very nice blog and this is very useful for me thanks.

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  29. hi ..amina... quite useful info indeed

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  30. very much informative. Thank u madam.

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  31. Quite a Wonderful Explanation!!thanks a lot.

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  32. Wowww....wonderful post dear this was wat i was looking for
    Now i can confidently use my otg

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