Just got a pressure cooker
You need to pre soak all beans and pulses with the exception of lentils [ and split peas]IME
Using boiling water will reduce the soaking time as will replacing the boiling water every hour
Some pulses need the scuz removing from the water prior to sealing -chick peas for example.
Be very very careful as it is a fine line between cooked and utter mush so I tend to undercook mine a tad to be safePosted 4 years ago
i also facto in just leaving it to cool naturally as part of the cooking time
Tends to work better with harder pulses like say chick peas than with say soft ones like Butter beans
Trial and error awaits youCharlieMungusMember
Well hurry up, get using it. Don’t stand around. Make sure you use it properly.Did you clean the veg first? Have you stabbed the spuds with a fork? Don’t put them in until after the meat is done. Don’t put he carrots in too early! Watch you don’t drop the lid. Make sure you don’t leave it too long!Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Particularly important with red kidney beans, they can seriously poison you.
should be fine as they need to be boiled to break an enzyme down – 5 raw ones eaten will make you ill – not that I have tried
It breaks down at boiling point and the pressure cooker will be hotter.
How do sauces reduce btw? If I cook my chick peas in tinned toms, am I going to need to add water, or reduce with the lid off later?
it sunder pressure so the liquid tends to not reduce by much
I would assume chick peas need to be cooked in waterPosted 4 years ago
I cook them and then everything else as normal – wont it all just obliterate in the time it takes the chick peas to cook?
Steam does escape, through the vent, otherwise pressure would increase to enormous levels. The vent is just controlled by a weight so it only lets out enough steam to keep the pressure at about 12psi in my case. I thought condensation on the lid would replenish the water, but the lid was >100C so I guess that didn’t happen.
I fried up the onions and chili, then dumped in raw chickpeas, two cartons of chopped toms and a bit more water than I’d usually add, it was a bit thick soupy, to avoid the sauce sticking to the pan whilst I boiled it up to pressure.
It worked a treat. It reduced a bit, the dal is on the runny side of acceptable, the chickpeas are much softer, smoother and more mellow tasting than usual, and the sauce is fruity and tomatoey. 20 mins, and the chickpeas had only been soaking for 6-7 hours.Posted 4 years ago
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