Pressure Cooker Recipes

The raised pressure and temperature inside a closed pressure cooker makes the food in it cook faster (usually 1/3 the time) and more evenly than in an open pot. You save time and conserve the precious nutrients in the food which could otherwise be lost by overcooking. Lots of Indian foods are cooked in a pressure cooker, so you'll never regret buying one. What's more is, you can choose from a range that includes the simple-with-no-frills pressure cookers to those with all the bells and...MORE whistles on!Already have a pressure cooker? Try my Pressure Cooker Recipes.

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    Yakhni Pulao
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    Yakhni Pulao gets its name from the Yakhni (meat stock) it is cooked in. I like to serve Yakhni Pulao with just a simple vegetable raita but you can go all out and add a curry dish too.

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    Green Chicken Pulao
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    This is my Mother-in-law's recipe and I distinctly remember overeating when she made it for me the first time! As tasty as a Biryani (special-ocassion rice and meat or veg dish) but far simpler and quicker to prepare.
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    Palak Ki Khichdi
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    There are numerous versions of Khichdi but this one is popular even with babies! It is a delicious way to sneak veggies into your childrens' food.

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    Achaari Methi Kheema
    Achaari Methi Kheema. Image © Manu Bahuguna/ Dreamstime.com
    Kheema Ki Khichdi combines the goodness of red meat, lentils, rice and vegetables all into one dish. Talk about convenient!
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    Anglo-Indian Stew
    Anglo-Indian Beef Stew. Image © Magdalena Niemczyk - ElanArt/ Getty Images
    Anglo-Indian Stew can be made with any meat and is a combination of both western and Indian flavors. This hearty, healthy one-pot meal can be eaten by itself or teamed with plain boiled rice.
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    Rogan Josh
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    The lovely color of Rogan Josh comes from the Kashmiri dry red chillies used to prepare it. When you read the recipe, it may seem like you will end up with a fiery dish but do not fear, these chillies have 'more bark than bite'!
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    Murg Kaali Daal
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    At a loss for what to cook the other night, I conjured up this recipe! The result was my husband and kids were full of praise! The bonus? It was super easy to cook.
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    Masala Daal
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    This tasty dish goes just as well with hot Chapatis as it does with plain boiled rice. Throw in a salad or a veggie and you've got the perfect vegetarian meal!
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    Tadka Daal
    Tadka Daal. Image © Aparna Balasubramaniam/ Getty Images
    This tasty yet easy-to-cook Daal dish is hugely popular in India. There are as many versions of it as there are cooks in India!
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    Daal Baati
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    This almost staple dish from the cuisine of Rajasthan in western India, is simple and nutritious. It is even served on special occasions!
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    Sindhi Kadhi
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    This tangy curry is traditionally made by the Sindhi community from Northern India. Since it's full of vegetables and made with tomatoes and gram flour, it's also nutritious.
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    Rasgulla
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    Sookha Kala Chana is easy to make and tastes really nice as a snack or side dish in a main meal. The Chana is also an excellent source of protein.
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    Aaloo Mutter
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    If you're in a rush but want something tasty and wholesome to eat, this is the dish for you. Aaloo Mutter is a great brunch, lunch or dinner dish and is perfect with freshly made puris, a fried Indian bread.
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    Rasgulla
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    Soft, spongy balls of cottage cheese soaked in chilled sugar syrup.... Nicely made Rasgulla melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more...always!
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    Close-up of cham cham a traditional Indian sweet made from chhena (cottage cheese) and khoya (solid milk)
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    I've heard of them being called "Pleasure Boats" and know people who use the name as a term of endearment for their loved ones! Not surprising because Cham-Chams are truly delicious and very sweet indeed!

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    Creme caramel served on a plate together with a spoon
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    This easy-to-make pudding is popular all over India but made especially well by the Parsis, Mangaloreans (both from Western India) and the Anglo-Indians.