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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
10/4/13 12:23 P

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I haven't been using my pressure cooker recently, but I did get myself a steamer insert that I can use with it or with a regular saucepan on the stovetop. I'm thinking of blanching and freezing some of the organic produce that I get every two weeks from my CSA distributor.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
6/12/13 1:43 P

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My second use of my pressure cooker was more Ayurvedic than my first. This time, I diced up some redskin potatoes and a very, very large carrot that I got through my bi-weekly organic produce box. First, for 5 minutes, I sauteed a small onion (chopped) and two garlic cloves (minced) in ghee. My pressure cooker has a saute setting that works with the lid off. Then, I added the redskin potatoes (quartered), the carrot (large slice/dice), and a teaspoon of turmeric, and a teaspoon of ginger and sauteed everything for another five minutes, stirring to get them coated with the ghee and seasonings. Next, I added 1/4 cup of vegetable stock, sealed the lid, and switched the pressure cooker to its "steam" setting. That cycle runs for fifteen minutes. When the cycle was done, I let everything sit for ten minutes while the contents cooled down. Then, I released the pressure valve, opened the lid, and served. My family liked it enough for me to make again soon.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
5/24/13 3:30 P

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The website for the local Ayurvedic clinic in metro Pittsburgh recommended cooking foods in a pressure cooker to avoid high heats that microwaves, for example, can generate. Such heat destroys valuable nutrients in our food.

So I bought a pressure cooker, one with various digital settings, such as rice, low heat, saute [used without the lid, of course].

I haven't found a non-Ayurvedic cookbook to provide Ayurvedic recipes that use a pressure cooker. I would imagine, though, that some specifically Ayurvedic cookbooks may have such recipes or others that could be easily adapted for pressure cooking.

Has anyone here been using a pressure cooker for their Ayurvedic cooking?

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