A pressure cooker is more than a somewhat obscure kitchen appliance that looks vaguely like a tea kettle. If you’re looking to make filling, affordable meals that you can cook in bulk in about half the time it would normally take to cook, then a pressure cooker could be your new best friend. Normally, the process of cooking dry beans involves soaking overnight, followed by boiling them until they’re soft. But in a pressure cooker, it takes all of 40 minutes — and you can do so much more than cook beans. You can also use your pressure cooker to make soup, risotto and curry! Nice.
You can take most any risotto, chili, soup, curry, or anything that’s heavy on legumes and make them in your pressure cooker instead of the way you’d normally make it. If you’ve recently bought a pressure cooker and not sure what to make, get started by trying these 15 recipes!
1. Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto
This hearty and filling Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto is perfect for those chilly summer nights. Soft, tender mushrooms are enveloped in a creamy and garlicky arborio rice and then topped with some fresh vegan Parmesan. Flavorful and delicious.
2. Easy Pressure Cooker Barbecue Lentil Stew
This Barbecue Lentil Stew is one of those meals that improves the longer it sits, so it’s definitely wise to make a big batch and eat it throughout the week for a series of quick and delicious meals! You’ll also want to slather the homemade vegan barbecue sauce on everything.
3. Feijoada: Brazilian Black Bean Stew
Feijoada is the national dish of Brazil — it’s a savory and hearty black bean and meat stew. This version is completely plant-based! It replaces meat with soy curls, but all the flavor stays because it’s all about the spices. This recipe would normally take some time to cook, but with a pressure cooker, you can cut that time down and spend less time waiting and more time eating!
4. Restaurant-Style Mushroom Biryani With ‘Homemade Biryani Masala’
How about a Restaurant-Style Biryani recipe? Made from fresh ingredients, this is one of the best biryani rice dishes you’ll ever taste. Instead of using a regular garam masala spice blend for the herbs, this recipe includes a homemade masala, and it makes a world of difference. Every herb and spice come to life in this flavorful dish.
5. Raw Jackfruit Curry
Tangy jackfruit and Indian spices come together for this delicious and flavorful Raw Jackfruit Curry. The fleshy texture of raw fruit makes for a filling, meaty entrée. The jackfruit is seasoned with turmeric and prepared in the pressure cooker and then cooked in a pan of herbs and spices. Serve with rice (which you can make in a pressure cooker to speed up the process) and plenty of flat bread.
6. Mushroom Vegetable Broth
Having a well-stocked spice cabinet is a must for any home cook, especially those who cook with a lot of vegetables. Another easy way to enhance and accentuate the natural flavor of vegetables is using a broth. This Mushroom Vegetable Broth has a smoky, woody, and rich flavor without all the salt store-bought broths contain.
7. Onion Tomato Dal
This nutritious and flavorful Onion Tomato Dal is ready for your dinner table in just 20 minutes. This dal is made from softened pigeon peas, savory sautéed onion, and tomato that are mixed with a warm blend of spices. This dal can be served as a soup, or as a side with rice, or with any flat bread, such as roti, chapati, or naan.
8. Punjabi Chana Masala
This Punjabi Chana Masala isn’t like other recipes; it’s super special. Cooked in a slow cooker with tamarind, it contains no onions and tomatoes. It’s one of those curries which will definitely stand out in the lot.
9. Undi: Konkani Coconut Rice Dumplings
Undi or, coconut rice dumplings, is a popular dish in Konkani culture. It’s typically prepared for family gatherings and festivities in Konkani homes, where it’s served for breakfast, paired with homemade garlic chutney. These steamed rice dumplings can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to steam them. Anything that isn’t eaten for breakfast can be kept to be enjoyed as a snack for any time of day.
10. Aloo Tikki: Indian Potato Patties
These Aloo Tikki are fluffy on the outside but crisp on the inside with a blend of Indian spices giving the flavor a savory kick. Best part is, they’re really easy to make. They’re a fantastic addition to the dinner table when served alongside curry and chutney.
11. Blood Orange and Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
Oatmeal in a pressure cooker?! Yep, you can do that! The main flavor in this fruity Blood Orange and Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal is raspberry since these berries provide a much stronger taste in contrast to the citrus-y blood orange. They are added to the oatmeal immediately in the cooking process, so they break down, flavor the entire porridge, and turn the whole bowl a pretty magenta hue. This would be fantastic topped with flaked coconut, blood orange zest, or a sprinkle of chia seeds.
12. Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Black Mung Bean Curry
This Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Black Mung Bean Curry is about as creative as creative can be. This crispy crust is made from cauliflower, almond meal, and oat flour and it’s topped with protein-packed mung bean curry. The cauliflower topping is really something special — it’s spiced with garam masala and curry powder, roasted, and then spread on top of the pizza with dried apricots. Believe us, it works with all the savory Indian spices.
13. Kitchari: Comforting Indian Lentil Stew
Kitchari is a hearty stew of Indian origin. This version is filled with nutritious, filling ingredients, making it the perfect comfort food. It’s full of grains and pulses, so if you’re an athlete, this dish is a must-make. When you make this, your whole house will smell delicious.
14. Sloppy Lentils
These Sloppy Lentils are everything comfort food should accomplish several points to make it truly awesome. First, it should evoke feelings of nostalgia (which is great for your soul). It should also be quick and easy — nostalgia shouldn’t take all night to achieve! Luckily, you can make this sandwich in your pressure cooker.
15. Sun-Dried Tomato and Kidney Bean Chili
This Sun-Dried Tomato and Kidney Bean Chili is the epitome of awesome. The mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes give this dish a ton of robust, stewed-all-day flavor — but it doesn’t have to take all day to cook. It also keeps well for a while so make a batch for a week full of make-ahead lunches.
If there’s one thing we love more than food that tastes good, it’s food we don’t have to spend a lot of time making.
Lead image source: Sloppy Lentils