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8 Pressure Cooker Recipes You Must Try at Home

Pressure cookers are an amazing appliance because they can quickly tenderize meat and vegetables and prepare extremely delicious food. They not only save your time but also retain the vitamins and nutrients inside its chamber, ensuring that you are served with healthy food. One thing that I like the most about pressure cookers is that they can cook nearly any type of food. It may be fish, meat loaf, pork or vegetables. You simply put the right amount of water, add spices and get served with a delicious and appetizing meal in a matter of minutes.

You might have been cooking your regular meals in your pressure cooker. However, there are some very unique and tasty recipes that you can try out today. Below are 8 pressure cooker recipes that are very easy to cook.

Pressure Cooker Recipes

1: Colombian Chicken Stew With Potatoes, Tomato And Onion

chicken chickpea

 

As you know that most of the people in Columbia live at high altitude, especially the ones living in Bogota city. This altitude can be as much as 8000 feet and stovetop cooking doesn’t works here. So, they mostly use pressure cookers, and their most popular dish is a Colombian Chicken Stew With Potatoes, Tomato And Onion and its actually very easy to prepare. You need five ingredients that include chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, onion and bay leaf. Simply add the normal quantity of water, put all the ingredients, add spices as per your taste and start the pressure cooker. Because these vegetables have enough of their own water, you don’t need to add any additional water.

2: Fat Free Colombian Vegetable Soup (AJIACO NEGRO)

Fat Free Colombian Vegetable Soup AJIACO NEGRO

Don’t think that this is like your regular corn soup because the ingredients used in its preparation are potatoes, carrots, corn, fava beans, peas and broth that give it a whole new taste. The potatoes release starch, making the soup creamy without the use of any diary. With pressure cooker, you not only get maximum appetizing taste, but also cut down the time from 45 minutes to 30 minutes or less.

3: Pressure Cooker Chicken, Lentil And Bacon Stew With Carrots

Pressure Cooker Chicken, Lentil And Bacon Stew With Carrots

You can surprise your children preparing a rich chicken stew with a whole bird. You can stick juicier thighs and drumsticks to avoid breast meats from getting dry out. The chicken used adds tasty flavor and also gives a juicy taste to the meal that makes it appetizing.

4: Easy Pressure Cooker Chicken And Chickpea Masala

Colombian Chicken Stew With Potatoes, Tomato And Onion

There’s definitely a time and location for making elaborate curry powders to flavor Indian-inspired dishes. However, if some guest arrives all of the sudden or your train is late, then you must know that you can assemble this moderate British-Indian dish utilizing simply cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and black pepper. The key of making all the spices is to flower them in butter first, which magnifies their taste and prepares them to permeate into the dish.

5: 30 Minutes Pressure Cooker PHO GA (VIETNAMESE CHICKEN NOODLE SOOP)

30 Minutes Pressure Cooker PHO GA (VIETNAMESE CHICKEN NOODLE SOOP

A pressure cooker makes it possible to cook a 30-minute PHO GA that tastes like it’s been simmering throughout the day. The high pressure is especially adept at extracting the collagen from chicken bones, which provides the soup that fatty, lip-smacking texture that you desire from a good bowl of pho.

6: 30 Minutes Pressure Cooker Chicken With Chickpeas, Tomatoes And Chorizo

30 Minutes Pressure Cooker Chicken With Chickpeas, Tomatoes And Chorizo

Utilizing canned crushed tomatoes in stew is less time consuming than chopping up fresh ones. Using fire-roasted tomatoes in particular will add a little additional smokiness on top of the Spanish chorizo and smoked paprika. The punch of those ingredients, integrated with the power of the pressure cooker, means you can have this meal of flavor-packed, falling-off-the-bone chicken and tender chickpeas prepared in half an hour.

7: 1 Hour Pressure Cooker Texas-Style Chili Con Carne

1 Hour Pressure Cooker Texas-Style Chile Con Carne

You just need two ingredients to prepare the Texas-style chile con carne beef and chilies. Chile con carne is typically cooked low and sluggish on the stove, however you can cut your preparation time drastically by using a pressure cooker. Try not to exaggerate the ingredients or the spices, keep it simple and you’ll have one of the most delicious dishes.

8: The Best Tamale Pie With Braised Skirt Steak, Charred Corn And Brown Butter Cornbread Crust

The Best Tamale Pie With Braised Skirt Steak, Charred Corn And Brown Butter Cornbread Crust

Tamale pie is an enduring recipe.  Beef chili and cornbread are a beloved mix on your plate. Here, we upgrade the old-school dish with shredded skirt steak, charred corn, and nutty browned-butter cornbread. What’s more needed? Got a pressure cooker? Your cooking time for this just dropped from 4 hours to a little over 2.

I hope you enjoyed these recipes a lot! Do try them at home. You can also add some toppings as per your taste and have a great time with your family enjoying the tasty flavors.

 

8 Interesting Pressure Cooker Facts You Didn’t Know About

Pressure cookers are a few hundred years old, but they have become a popular means of cooking in households. The first ever pressure cooker was invented about four centuries back. Although at that time people preferred the traditional methods of cooking. However, with time, especially in the 20th century, pressure cookers gained much popularity. Today, there isn’t a kitchen without a pressure cooker. This appliance proved to be very helpful in cooking the food fast as compared to regular cooking. It stores the steam inside that prevents it from vaporizing into the atmosphere, thus causing the food to boil in less time.

With the advent of this smart kitchen appliance, there was a big argument that whether or not pressure cooking is healthy for the human body. Anyhow, with time, science finally proved that pressure cookers preserve nutrients by using less water, thus, they provide you with more healthy food that is rich in nutrients and other vitamins. Well, that being said; here are eight interesting facts about pressure cookers you didn’t know so far. I’m quite sure these facts will amaze you!

8 Interesting Pressure Cooker Facts  

8 interesting pressure cooker facts

1: Invention

The first ever pressure cooker was invented in May 1689 by Denis Papin. Denis was a French physicist. He demonstrated his invention “STEAM DIGESTOR” at the Royal Society in London for cooking bones. Initially, the appliance was termed as a steam DIGESTOR, and if we ever had a chance of seeing that object now, we may not recognize it. Of course, people at that time lagged technological advancement. Today, we even have some latest pressure cookers with a digital control panel and many other functions.

2: Pressure Cooker Retain More Vitamins and Nutrients

Researchers have proved that pressure cooking retains more nutrients and vitamins from vegetables and meat as compared to boiling or steaming. When the pressure cooker is running, much of the steam generated remains inside the container. This steam converts into liquid containing the nutrients and vitamins. In this ways, it is retained back into the food.

3: Pressure Cooking Doesn’t Produce Acrylamide

When you cook starchy foods like potatoes at temperature above 120 Degree Celsius, it produces carcinogenic compounds. Cooking in pressure cooker can easily go beyond this temperature, however; it doesn’t produce any acrylamides due to the pressure cooker’s moist environment. So, you always get safe, healthy and delicious food.

4: Bringing Pressure Cooker to Pressure Doesn’t Sterilize its contents

The pressure cooker is so manufactured that it possess the ability to sterilize. But this requires time! To achieve the clinical sterilization, you have to run a pressure cooker to 15 PSI for about 30 minutes. In case you have an electric pressure cooker, that does not reach 15PSI, will require more time to get sterilized.

5: Pressure Cookers Can Be Canners Too

Well, if you didn’t know about this, then let me tell you that there are a lot of pressure cookers that can be used as a canner. Such pressure cookers have the ability to process up to 5 quarts jars at a time. These are the multi-purpose pressure cookers, and handy as well.

6: You Can Cook Anything

Pressure cookers are such an appliance in which you can cook nearly any type of food. Whether it be a vegetable, piece of meat or even pork. You can also boil rice, beans, corn, etc. However, when cooking any food, you have to be careful about the quantity of water required. If you pour in too much water, it may spoil the taste. On the contrary, if the amount of water is less, you may end up with a burnt piece of meat.

7: Old Pressure Cookers Are At A Risk Of Exploding

It has been found that pressure cookers that are over five years old are at a high risk to explode. The metal that is interlocking the lid and deals with the pressure inside the chamber becomes weak over the time. The three four main parts of a pressure cooker, rubber ring, pressure indicator and rubber overpressure plug are responsible for maintaining a safe level of pressure inside the chamber. Of course, as any other appliance would malfunction after several years, these parts of the pressure cooker also become weak. So, you should consider changing your pressure cooker as soon as it’s four years old.

8: The Plastic Handle Of Pressure Cooker Doesn’t Melt! Why?

The plastic that is used in the handle of the pressure cooker is made from thermoset material. This material has a very high melting point. Even if you run the pressure cooker for more than 2 hours, this plastic handle would still not melt. Another plastic known as thermoplast was used several years before, but due to its low melting point, it easy melts. This was then replaced with the thermoset plastic.