Indian Cooks Embrace the Instant Pot

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Just read the article - Indian Cooks Embrace the Instant Pot - in NYT -https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/05/d...ot-indian.html

Would like some opinions from the Indian cooks not consulted for this article. Is this really an emerging trend? Is this worth considering getting one?

We already have a pressure cooker but it has a habit of occasionally spewing off some of the lentil water along with steam which quite annoying and a pain to clean up. So, if the electric one doesn't do that - we might go for that.

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I think it would be of value in the US where there are no outages. Over here, I've actually never seen one. I use a rice cooker, but that's not the same as an electric pressure cooker. I had to google to check the price, it is available, at approx four times the price of a regular pressure cooker. I'm sure it will gain usage in the urban Indian context where people can afford backup electricity but India's power woes are far from over.

Jaffery's response in the article is surprising "I do not know when pressure cookers found such wide usage in India, but they have been firmly entrenched in Indian kitchens for at least 40 years" - the hawkins ad in the 60s started it -



and then came prestige in the 80s with the TV ad - jo biwi se kare pyaar, woh prestige se kaise kare inkaar (if you love your wife, how can you say no to prestige - the ad built on the safety gasket release system - earlier pressure cookers were prone to malfunction and bursting resulting in severe injury, or even death - those reports in the paper have almost disappeared)

You know what gadget trend has shaped indian kitchens in india in the last two decades? The microwave - every single company worth their salt has had to release a microwave cookbook specific to Indian recipes.
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Hello Vaibhav,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful reply. Very helpful. You are right - the reliability of the electricity supply makes it a dubious choice in India. Will need to get some US feedback.

Interesting history. There has always been a pressure cooker at my parentsí home and it continues to be in a daily use. So, it was good to read the history and the ad.

I am a sucker for the cooking appliances - and my wife rightly doesnít like all the clutter and the space needs of the unused appliances. With 3 pressure cookers (2 of which are in storage unless my wife has thrown them away ), bread making machine (donated), air fryer (donít know the current whereabouts), heavy duty juicer, dough maker, various food processors and a few more things collecting dust somewhere - I am trying to think before buying yet another thing that has a good chance of sitting around unused.

PS: Already have a microwave cookbook that has not been opened in a decade
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I was trying to avoid commenting on this thread .... I threw my pressure cooker, and opted for one 3 Q DUO. I love it. But be reminded it is not a pressure cooker - Forget the blurbs. Between my nearly 30 year old microwave, and DUO, I am quite happy !
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What is a DUO?

I use the pressure cooker only for cooking the lentils. It does quite well - but this cook is not smart enough to figure out how to prevent it from occasionally spewing out some of the water with the steam. And, that makes a mess - and makes me consider alternatives. [I suppose changing the cook would be better but thatís not happening in this lifefime.] The usual Internet advice - not too full (never is), adding some oil etc. doesnít seem to prevent it.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post - but this cook is not smart enough to figure out how to prevent it from occasionally spewing out some of the water with the steam..
- clean the rubber ring so it stays in place and the chamber is sealed. When you close the lid of the cooker, it should not be loose
- clean the 'whistle' and the steam outlet it rests on
- do not fill up more than three fourths of the cooker.

This is the best one can do - it's still not guaranteed that water won't come out but these steps usually suffice. this requires some practice - back in 05, I had a lot of this problem, now I dont.

Aliter - spend the $100 to get this space age tech In India it sells for the equivalent of 180, so you're still ahead. Thank God the air fryer fad is not on TV here any more (it was a lot, two years back)
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Thank you so much for your advice! I will revisit #2 once more. But the other two are already followed. It is typically between 1/4 and 1/3rd full.

I am not worried so much about the 100 dollars but the groan from my wife once she hears of me buying yet another cooker or some kind.
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Jaffery's response in the article is surprising "I do not know when pressure cookers found such wide usage in India, but they have been firmly entrenched in Indian kitchens for at least 40 years" - the hawkins ad in the 60s started it -
Wasn't the adoption of the pressure cooker in response to the shift away from cooking on open fire to kerosene? In that it is a more fuel efficient and therefore economical way to prepare food once the shift was made.
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When I read the title I thought this was going to be a thread about Delhi Belly. Instant curry equals instant pot sort of thing,
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Must be a male thing. I have four pressure cooker out of which only one is used occasionally.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post I use the pressure cooker only for cooking the lentils. It does quite well - but this cook is not smart enough to figure out how to prevent it from occasionally spewing out some of the water with the steam.
The reason it spews water is because water bubbles are trapped due to varied reasons and do not break, then they travel to the exhaust.

Simple solution is to first wash lentils thoroughly, specially the likes of red masoor and white urad as they have calcium based powder used in deskinning, and then let the water come to boil first before putting the lid.

The second step is the main one as boiling water before putting lid completes the process of bubble forming and breaking.

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The only reason was the quickness of cooking that made cooking lentils, potatoes etc a breeze. There is no other reason, and majority do not even consider economy as a part of pressure cooker cooking.
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Got one of those fancy duos. Spouse just looked at it and told me to put it in the garage. Its right beside the air fryer..
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post The reason it spews water is because water bubbles are trapped due to varied reasons and do not break, then they travel to the exhaust.

Simple solution is to first wash lentils thoroughly, specially the likes of red masoor and white urad as they have calcium based powder used in deskinning, and then let the water come to boil first before putting the lid.

The second step is the main one as boiling water before putting lid completes the process of bubble forming and breaking.
Thank you so much! This makes a lot of sense - and I think I understand this much better after reading your explanation. And, it is an easy adjustment to make.

One more question rather basic question - should one put turmeric in the lentils before cooking it in the pressure cooker or wait and add it afterward?

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