Last week we added a new equipment to our lovely kitchen, The Instant Pot. Heard a lot of good reviews about this device, how it can be used without worrying much about the food getting overcooked.
Earlier, we had a pressure cooker that mostly households have. We decided for an upgrade to replace an old one. We bought the model: “Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker“. As we start using it, I can surely share its advantages or review it after making a couple of recipes.
To start with, here are few simple recipes that we tried in its first week of use:
First thing we tried to make were rice. Its pretty easy & quick.
Take 1 cup unsoaked rice.
Take water in 1:1 ratio.
IP has a default mode for rice. It takes 12 mins. (or)
We can also use the pressure cooking setting: 4 mins (Unsoaked, 1:1)
1 cup chickpea flour, 1 tbsp semolina flour,1 1/2 tsp white sugar, salt to taste, 1/8 tsp turmeric powder, 3/4 cup water, 1 tbsp oil, 1 1/2 tsp Eno fruit salt.
Mix the ingredients. Whisk it till its fluffy.
Grease the container (preferably steel). Put it on the IP steel rack.
IP mode: Steam, 10 mins (or)
IP on high pressure cooking: 4 mins
Soaked red beans over night.
2 tbsp oil, 1 cup red beans, 1/4 cup onion & tomato puree, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 3 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tbsp garam masala, salt to taste, 1 tsp haldi powder, 3 bay leaves, 3 cups of water.
IP saute mode: add oil, cumin seeds, bay leaves, coriander powder, haldi podwer & onion tomato puree. Saute till brown.
IP mode: bean/chili mode, 30 mins cook time (or)
IP high pressure cook mode: 7-8 mins
A table to show 2 ways of cooking the above recipes in Instant pot.
Rice (12 mins)
Bean/Chili (30 mins)
Steam (10 mins)
Pressure Cooking Time (High)
2 IP modes
Do try the recipes in your Instant pot. Any suggestions of what to try next?
Mumbai! The city famous for its marine drive, Gateway of India, monsoons and street food. When I was back in India, Mumbai was among the top 5 places left I wanted to visit. Someday though. Talking about monsoon I remember, we always used to have pakode (Chickpea potato fried snack) with some coriander chutney back at home.
Vada pav, its one of the most popular instant street food loved by all. It’s like a sandwich made from two buns with fried potato coated in chickpea flour with garlic sauce. What is special about it is the sauces that go inside & the dried chilly.
Growing up in Delhi, I was not fully aware of this authentic Mumbai street food. I experienced my first vada pav very late, but it was worth every word. I remember eating a lot that day! Living here in USA, I crave for that similar taste every time.
On a rainy day here tried recreating the exact taste. Step by step recipe is below: