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.
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.
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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