Haybox Cooker

Recently I tried the Haybox that I had bought during AID India conference from Srikakulam volunteers. And I must say it works magically well!

(Left)Rice before transferring to Haybox, (Right)Rice after Haybox cooking

(Left)Rice before transferring to Haybox, (Right)Rice after Haybox cooking

These Hayboxes were basically designed to help the villagers of Srikakulam   cook rice efficiently and save on fuel as well as time. It also serves a means to support their livelihoods.  ‘Hay’ being an insulator is able to  preserve the heat for sufficiently long time, hence when rice is transferred to Haybox after having been brought to the boiling point, it cooks on its own. I also tried this at home with the Haybox that I bought (Demonstrated in the photograph). It took around 25 minutes to cook 1 cup of rice for me. There was no access water left and it was also possible to keep it hot till lunch time.

The detailed report from AID Srikakulam can be found here.

Haybox in Srikakulam, is primarily used to cook rice, but it can be used for most of the cooking for which we use pressure cooker such as making Khichadi, boiling vegetables etc.

Here’s a video that shows a Haybox demo given by Ravi Kuchimanchi to the villagers of  Srikakulam.


Posted on April 7, 2009, in Eco, Food and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. hi Sejal!,
    Its nice to see you using the haybox at your home. I’ve got some from Srikakulam. Will use that to do a demo in the community which we work with. Let me see what change it can bring.

    You and Pulkit are amazing and I’m so much inspired by you guys!!!…. rocking! 🙂

  2. i agree with you Selva. Both Pulkit and Sejal are amazing and they are inspiring all of us.

  3. Hi sejal,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with the “Heybox!” It is good to know you are using it and your feedback is useful to the Srikakulam group.

    Also wanted to let you know that we followed up with over 100 people in Srikakulam district villages by visiting their homes in the evenings. These are people who bought the hayboxes few months to a year ago. In almost all houses, barring one or two, they showed us hot steaming rice in their hayboxes — they were all using it and it was good to see so many people continuing to use!!


  4. What about the side effects??We all must do detail analysis before accepting any facts.

  5. Did you try cooking dal?

  6. No Surya, I haven’t tried to cook dal with this yet. Only rice, which has been successful. Sometimes it did fail when I put less water, so from then on, my advice is to put sufficient water in the beginning.

  7. @ Nitin: I can’t think of any side effects! You aren’t putting rice directly inside the haybox, it stays in the vessel. Besides, I don’t think hay has any side effects at all! It’s effectively being used for the mango/grape boxes and we have been eating the fruits for long time with no side effects right?

  8. Nice to know about this cooker. I’d probably want to try one. Interesting.

  9. Balu, I’m sorry I totally missed to give you this before I left. I had it all the time in my office for you!

  10. Stephanie Jill Rudd

    Hayboxes were regularly used here in Uk during war. They are very efficient and the bonus of lower electricity bills has to be a big plus! Am thinking of making one to try myself.

  11. How can i buy one now? Tried searching for details. Din’t get any.Please help.

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