Solar Cooking
Last edited: 7 October 2016      
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Ravindra Pardeshi is a designer of the Parvati Solar Cooker and the Twelve-Sided Parvati cooker. Mr. Ravindra Pardeshi and his wife Mrs. Shobha Pardeshi work together on their designs.

"First of our project is "Low Cost Solar Cooker". For this we selected Funnel Cooker by Dr. Steven Jones. While our experiments were being carried out we had found out that stacking of pots works better than placing them them side by side in funnel cooker. See these results here. Hence we considered the total size of stacked cooking pots as 6 inches in diameter and 6 inches in height.

Diagram illustrates the new wider base, providing the cook pots with better solar exposure.

We decided to improve this design. From the drawing we decided on a meeting point of sunlight that are reflected from the rim of the cone. ( Point 'x' in figure1). The second cone of 900 was started from this level (the reference for this was taken from Prof. Mann's (1981) improvement to VITA design). The length of 900 cone section was taken as 6.25 inches. The base was closed and made reflective, so that any sunlight passing from sides of cooking pot is reflected back. The diagram of this with sunlight reflection is shown in Fig 2. From the diagram concentration of sunlight on cooking pot is clearly seen. This cooker is useful for unattended cooking. Reflections of sunlight with respect to position of Sun for -60 minutes to +60 minutes is shown in fig 3. We had used pressure cooker cooking pots in stacked position with plastic cover. Opening diameter of this cooker is 24 inches. Basically this is a duel angle funnel cooker. We have named it Parvati Solar cooker."

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Parvati Solar Cooker demonstration

Three stacked pots are cooking simultaneously in the Parvati cooker.

See the Construction diagrams for the Parvati Solar Cooker for direction in making one.

An interesting aspect of this cooker is the greater cooking efficiency achieved when the cook pots are stacked, rather that set side by side in the cooker. Another designer, Christopher Jordan, is working on a simple solar panel cooker, the Solar Rice Cooker, that also allows for stacking cook pots. He is also experimenting with placing blackened bricks, as simple heat storage mass, under a fewer number of cook pots. It allows the oven to maintain a more even operating temperature in partly cloudy weather, as well as, extending the cooker's usefulness later in the day. The Parvati Solar Cooker would also have this capability. Adding bricks would have the additional benefit of stabilizing the cooker in windy conditions, though the cooker may require sturdy construction materials to handle the extra weight.


  • September 2016: The Parvarti Solar Cooker is now available online in the USA and India through eBay.

Parvati Solar Cooker with new rotating metal base.

  • November 2013: Ravindra Pardeshi has annouced that a new version of the Parvati Solar Cooker will include a metal base capable of two axis rotation for easier sun orientation. The reflector is assembled from six modular pieces.

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  • August 2014:

Newest Parvati Solar Cooker

  • May 2012:

Rouelle de porc solaire avec le Parvati Solar Cooker

  • October 2011:

Parvati solar cooker

  • August 2011:

How to build the 36

Parvati Solar Oven Template 3 of 3

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See Ravindra Pardeshi.