Monday, January 12, 2009

Pressure Cooker - Chilli Con Carne recipe

Here is my Chilli Con Carne & Rice recipe which I've adapted for the Pressure Cooker. The rice is cooked using a 'Pan in Pot' approach, which involves placing the rice in its own bowl, balancing it on top of the meat mixture and then pressurising the pressure cooker.

IMPORTANT: Be careful not to overfill your pressure cooker. Refer to your manual for further information.

Chilli Con Carne

(modified from recipe on tin of Masterfoods Red Kidney Beans)
Serves 4

Meat mixture:
440g red kidney beans, drained
2 tablespoons oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons freshly crushed garlic
500g minced beef
425g can crushed or diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 beef stock cube (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder

1 cup white rice
1 1/2 cups water

Prepare the Meat Mixture:
  1. Heat oil in pan of pressure cooker, then add onion and garlic and cook until lightly browned.
  2. Add meat and cook until brown. Drain fat.
  3. Add remaining 'Meat Mixture' ingredients and stir.

Prepare the rice mixture:
  1. Rinse the uncooked rice under running water. Then place the rice in a
    bowl which will fits in your pressure cooker with clearance of a few centimeters between the bowl and pressure cooker. (I use a Pyrex dish).
  2. Add water to the rice.
  3. Make a 'sling' from aluminium foil. This is used to lower and raise the rice bowl from the pressure cooker. To make the sling, cut a long piece of aluminium foil, then fold it in half and then fold it in half again. You'll end up with a long, skinny piece of aluminium foil.
  4. Place the bowl on the 'sling'.
  5. Carefully lower the bowl into the pressure cooker, fold down the ends of the 'sling' so that they are out of the way.
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Cook the meat and rice:

  1. Bring the pressure cooker to pressure. Once at pressure, turn the cooker down to the lowest possible heat whilst maintaining the pressure. Keep at this setting for 8 minutes.
  2. After 8 minutes, turn off the heat and let the pressure cooker depressurise naturally.

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