Pressure cookers are nothing less than a blessing. This kitchenware has been a revelation inside a kitchen because of their versatility and performance. Having a pressure cooker in your home means that you can replace most of the cooking utensils present in your kitchen. With all the functionalities and efficiency, pressure cooker have become a must have commodity in every home.
Why Pressure Cookers?
Well there is quite a discussion why a pressure cooker is preferred ahead of conventional cookers. The answer is pretty simple. It saves time. If you can cook your favorite meal in minutes with a pressure cooker, why use a conventional cooker to prepare the same dish in a comparatively longer time.
Firstly, the core purpose of developing pressure cookers was to reduce the cooking time and this is exactly what pressure cookers do. It’s more scientific than you think. The pressure build-up and temperature adjustment inside a pressure cooker ensures that a meal is cooked well and within a short time span.
Cooking Your Favorite Recipes
We now quickly jump to the core subject of this article today. One major reason why pressure cookers have become such a favorite for all homes and kitchens is that you can cook literally anything you like. There is no limitation as to what ingredients you can throw inside a pressure cooker and which ones you can’t.
Whether it is a simple three ingredient dish or a complex ten or more ingredients combo, a pressure cooker can handle it all provided that you know how to use the temperature and pressure for cooking. Secondly, pressure cookers are compatible with most cooking methods so there is no point worrying what technique to use and which ones to avoid. From boiling to stewing you can cook however you like with your pressure cooker. With what it can do, it can be termed as the superman of kitchenware.
From lentils and corns to soft veggies, a pressure cooker can accommodate all ingredients and cook them with the greatest efficiency one can think of. This is another reason that pressure cookers are favorites for commercial and domestic kitchen personnel.
Another major advantage that pressure cookers hold in comparison to conventional cookers is that they are just a single container with a lid. Therefore, there is not too much of dishwashing that you will have to once you are done with cooking. It gives you more family time as well as lesser effort. Most of the pressure cookers are dishwasher safe so right there is more time saved.
In this article, we bring to you some of the easiest and time saving recipes that you can try with pressure cookers. These recipes are both nutritious as well as delicious. These recipes are quick so that you can prepare a meal after you return from work.
- Colombian Chicken Stew
Pressure is key ingredient to the speed of the cooking time. In area at high altitude cooking can take quite a long time due to lesser pressure. No one can understand that better than Colombian residents who live on mountains. They rely heavily on pressure cookers which has led them to develop a delicious recipe i.e. the Colombian Stew.
This stew is a combination of just five ingredients so it can be assumed how simple it will be. All you need is chicken. Tomatoes, onions and potatoes and some bay leaf. Thanks to the pressure cooker which is able to extract enough juices out of the ingredients, there is no need for additional water in the dish.
- Pressure cooker Thai Green Chicken Curry with Kabocha Squash and Egg Plant
Since pressure cookers lock all the water content inside, stews normally end up containing more water than usual. This is one drawback that you will experience cooking with pressure cookers. To avoid this problem, adding squash and eggplant will take utilize all the water content and turn it into a thicker sauce. Hence, you won’t be troubled with watery stew anymore. Add Thai green curry and coconut milk to get more delicious flavor out of this innovative dish. Its soothing smell and taste will add great value to your dinner experience.
- Pressure Chicken with Beans
This recipe is a simple but delicious combination of chicken and beans. Chicken stew is accompanied with black beans. Addition of Andouille sausages and hot hatch chilies make it hotter and spicier. Beans can take quite a long time to cook. This is where a pressure cooker comes in so handy. With a pressure cooker, you won’t need to prep the beans before you start with the recipe so it saves quite a bit of time of you meal prep. This recipe will take you just about an hour to get done with. Hence you can even prepare it after you return from work.
- Fat Free Colombian Vegetable Soup
All you need for this recipe are a few vegetables. You have the choice of adding the ones you like. For a standard Colombian soup, we prefer corn, peas, broth, fava beans, carrots and potatoes. When potatoes start breaking down there is enough starch produced inside you pressure cooker that turn the soup into a creamy pasty food. Since you are using a pressure cooker for the recipe, the soup prepares within 30 minutes. It is just the right emergency meal and probably a great breakfast to have.
- Chicken Stew with Bacon and Lentils
This is a delicious dish to have for supper or dinner. You can use any part of chicken you like but we recommend not to use the breast because it tends to dry out quickly. We suggest you go for the drumsticks because they are tender and juicier. The stew is accompanied with carrots, bacon and lentils which bring the crunchy element in the dish adding more texture and flavor to the food. Also since you are using a pressure cooker, the lentil tends to soften quicker so the prep time for the meal is considerable reduced.
- Chicken and Chick Pea Masala
This is an Indian inspired spicy curry. You may not want to want to eat it because it looks delicious. Secondly, it is far easier to prepare and the prep time is considerably low. Other ingredients include cumin. Paprika, turmeric, coriander, and black pepper. The fusion of spices make it a lot spicier and adds to the intensity of flavor. Once you get your hands in this dish, you may just not want to stop. Addition of butter gives it a completely new direction in terms of texture and flavor.
- 30 Minute Chickpeas and Chorizo
We suggest you to use canned tomatoes for this dish. This recipe is a strong amalgamation of veggies and chicken with an essence of spices to accompany them. This dish takes as long as 30 minutes to prepare and it is extra smoky thanks to the spices and smoked paprika. When you stuff it all up in your pressure cooker, the ingredients melt down fusing into one another to give you amazing texture and flavor.
- Texas Style Chile Con Carne
This is a traditional Texas dish that has just two ingredients. It will take just one hour to prepare the food through your pressure cooker. However the end product will take you into the wild-west with its bold and smoky flavor. All you need is beef and chilies to prepare this amazingly tasty dish. The dish is traditionally cooked on slow stoves but with a pressure cooker, you can cut down the cooking time to a great extent.
- Tamale Pie with Braised Skirt, Steak
There is always something about the amalgamation of two separate dishes. Something always seems to get them together into an amazing new product. What can be better than a combination of beef chili and corn bread? This recipe is taken to the next level when you add shredded skirt steak to it. When you add nutty butter cornbread, it gives your recipe a completely new dimension in flavor and texture. If you do it in a pressure cooker, it will drop your cooking as much as two hours. It will take a maximum of two hours to prepare in a pressure cooker.
- Green Chile with Chicken
This is an amazingly simple dish that uses chicken, green chilies and of course some spices as it has an Indian background. It also uses jalapeno for spice addition to the dish. When you blend the sauce and add shredded chicken to it, the sweet fusion of the ingredients will not only taste good but it will also give it a mouthwatering texture and color. Have your curry with corn bread and the experience the magnificence of taste in your mouth.
- Pressure Cooker Enchiladas
When you cook chicken with vegetables in a pressure cooker, it will make a good sauce and filling for enchiladas. The recipe is quite simple, all you have to do is cook them together. When you have it ready, simply roll them up inside tortillas and put them up for baking.
- Mushroom Risotto
This dish is just the right one for pressure cookers. Risotto are considered difficult to make but not anymore with pressure cookers. Generally, risottos are considered to take more time which is why people perceive of them as being difficult. You can bring the risotto together with mushroom any way you like. Be it a browned fresh mushroom or a dried porcini, they all join together to give you an amazing texture and flavor for your dish.
- Butternut Squash Risotto
This dish is a quick one to make and it tastes absolutely amazing. It is a sweet butternut squash combined to a risotto as you sprinkle maple syrup and apple on the top. You pressure cooker will be quite efficient in producing the squash so it is all the making of a great combination altogether. Once you have the combo together, give it a little cooking time inside your pressure cooker, garnish it with cheese gratings and then enjoy the perks of efficient pressure cooking at the dinner table.
- Vietnamese PHO Ga
This dish is just a representative of how much power a pressure cooker holds in comparison with conventional cookers. Pressure cooked Pho Ga is a dish prepared inside 30 minutes thanks to pressure cookers. It gives a feel as if the chicken has been simmering throughout the day thanks to its tenderness and juicy state. At high pressure, the chicken bones lose collagen which adds to the fattiness and texture of the dish. It indeed helps you get just what you desire from a Pho Ga dish.
- Pressure Cooked Corn Soup
If you just want an appetizer before the dinner, a pressure cooker corn soup would be just the ideal thing to have. All you have to do is add a few corns inside your pressure cooker with some water and soup essentials. It won’t be long before you get your hands on this amazingly simple yet delicious pressure cooker dish.
So here we have for you some of the easiest yet the most delicious dishes that can be prepared simply by using your pressure cooker. You will save great time preparing these dishes because there are hardly any food prep that are required prior to making these dishes. Most of the ingredients cook within time thanks to high pressure and temperature inside the cooker. This is one reason that pressure cookers hold advantage over the conventional cookers because you are able to do so much trough just one container.
Therefore, if you are an office worker and have a 9 to 5 job, pressure cooker recipes will be just the ones suited to your lifestyle. Therefore, we suggest you should try all of these recipes one after the other. One great thing about trying out these recipes is that you might turn up with a new recipe of your own. With a pressure cooker, your kitchen experience is all set to undergo a revolution.