Wonder Pot (Hebrew: סיר פלא, sír péle, Hebrew
pronunciation: [/siʁ ˈpe̞le̞/]) is an Israeli invention for
baking on top of a gas stove rather than in an oven. It consists of
three parts: an aluminium pot shaped like a Bundt pan except
smooth-sided rather than fluted, a hooded cover perforated with
venting holes, and a thick, round, slightly domed metal disc with a
center hole that is placed between the pot and the flame.
Wonder Pot can be used to bake cakes, casseroles, rice, potatoes,
apples, and even meat and chicken.
2 How it works
3 See also
5 Further reading
6 External links
Wonder Pot (right) in use during Passover.
Wonder Pot gained popularity during Israel's era of national
austerity in the 1950s, when most citizens did not own an oven. The
concept was based on models from Germany and Eastern Europe, and was
first manufactured by the Palalum company (the company name was a
contraction of the words pele (wonder) and aluminium). Later the
Wonder Pot was manufactured by other companies in the Haredi sector,
including the Matlum company, which continues to produce the item
Wonder Pot retained its popularity through the 1970s, especially
among new immigrants who did not have ovens. During its heyday, the
Wonder Pot spawned its own bestselling cookbook. The introduction of
the microwave oven and a national desire to dissociate with the
austerity mentality put an end to its widespread use. However, the
Wonder Pot is still used by Israeli Haredi families for baking kugels,
and it is also popular in this sector on the holiday of
those who do not have a kosher-for-
Wonder Pot is considered a nostalgic Israeli kitchen item.
It is still sold in traditional housewares stores, via marketing
outlets, and in Haredi communities such as Bnei Brak and Jerusalem.
In the late 2000s decade, a housewares store calling itself Seer
Peh-leh ("Wonder Pot") opened in the
Talpiot neighborhood of
How it works
Metal disc placed between the
Wonder Pot and the flame
Wonder Pot is effective at baking on top of the stove for three
reasons: its aluminium material, its hole, and the metal disc
separating it from the flame. The aluminium material allows heat to
spread uniformly. The center hole of the pot focuses the flame and
creates heat dispersion around the inside of the cake. The metal disc
lifts the pot off the fire, reducing and focusing the flame.
Wonder Pot without the metal disc will produce a cake that is dry
on the bottom and thick and wobbly in the center. The metal disc is
sold in different thicknesses and diameters to accommodate different
baking times and larger flames. The lid of the
Wonder Pot is
perforated with small holes to release steam.
Baking time in a Wonder
Pot varies from 40 to 50 minutes.
Wonder Pot produces high and airy cakes. In addition to baking,
Wonder Pot is an effective medium for cooking vegetables, legumes,
and rice in layers. It can also be used to cook kugels, casseroles,
pasta dishes, meat, and chicken.
Israeli inventions and discoveries
List of cooking vessels
^ a b c d e f Shmueli, Sarit (23 October 2008). כשבסיר היה
חור [When There Was A Hole in the Pot]. Derech HaOchel (in Hebrew).
Retrieved 17 May 2012.
^ "Roast in the Wonder Pot", The Kosher For Pesach
Jerusalem: Yeshivat Aish HaTorah Women's Organization, p. 58.
^ Neiman, Rachel (2008-06-15). "
Nostalgia Sunday". 21c Israelity blog.
^ Holtzman, Yaara (2012). מתכוני פסח מיוחדים לסיר
Passover Recipes Especially for a Wonder Pot]. Kan-Naim (in
Hebrew). Retrieved 17 May 2012.
^ סיר פלא - מבצעים, הנחות , הצעות מחיר
[Wonder Pot: Specials, discounts, recommended price] (in Hebrew).
dstudent.co.il. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
Zimmerman, Sybil, illustrations by Marion Alderman The Wonders of a
Wonder Pot, or cooking in
Israel without an oven (1973) Jerusalem:
Jerusalem Post Press.
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