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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Blog Bites #1: Mixed Beans in Pressure Cooker

One of our friend, lets call her 'A', is very famous for her funny cooker stories in our friend circle. She has about 5 cookers in her kitchen but only one works (at least it did when I last spoke to her). One doesn't have gasket working, other two don't have safety valves. She forgot to add water in one and other was on stove for very long time. Fourth one is old and I am not sure what is wrong with it. All these four cookers are of different sizes and are made by four different pressure cooker companies in India. Recently one of our friend 'V' was visiting India and A asked her to get some gaskets and some valves. And on the second thought she actually asked her cousin to drop it off at V's house to save her a trip to store. Cousin left with a big package and V thought it might have some goodies like bakarwadi, pedhas etc. V had to open the package up as she couldn't fit that in her bag. All she found was various sizes of gasket, various valves, various whistles and every spare part various cookers might need! We laughed like crazy when we got together after that. And A was the first one to crack the jokes about her own cookers!

On the other hand, I did not want to carry big cooker from India so I bought Hawkins Futura from local Indian store. That cooker is with me from past few years. I typically use it once or twice a week. I have another small pressure cooker that one of my friend gave me when she left for India. I use that to cook things in it directly as it is nice and small.

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As soon as I saw Nupur's new event called 'Blog Bites: Pressure Cooker', I knew which recipe I wanted to submit. Last year Manisha posted this quick 'pressure cooker daal' for holi and I have been making vegan version of it. Recently I bought 16 beans soup mix on a recommendation of a friend. And wanted to try something Indian too with the mix. Manisha's quick daal recipe was a perfect choice for it. All I changed was use oil instead of ghee and use mixed beans instead of whole moong. As moong cooks very quickly two whistles are enough but with beans kine cranberry beans, fava beans, I had to make four whistles. As anyone can guess, results were amazing. So here is Manisha's recipe with my changes.

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1 cup from 16 Bean Soup Mix
2 Medium sized Tomatoes
1 Medium Onion
1 tbsp crushed garlic
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 red chili broken into pieces
2 green chilies,
3 cloves
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1" Cinnamon
2 tbsp Oil
a small pinch asafoetida
1 Bay Leaf
1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
1/2 tsp red chili powder
salt per taste

Procedure -
Follow Manisha's recipe as is. Just make four whistles.
I served with cooked quinoa and chapatis as well.

This nice a creamy concoction is on its way to Nupur's 'Blog Bites #1: Cookers'

Tips -
  1. I had this daal for two days. I enjoyed left over version than the fresh.
  2. I think the spice mix works very well with all the beans in the mix.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for a really lovely entry!

    The 16 bean mix looks so pretty. Great way to get a medley of flavors in one dish.

    So did your friend open a pressure cooker repair store, now that she has spare parts for all possible models :D I wish I knew about her a week ago, I packed up 2 of my non-working cookers and gave them off as scrap metal.

    The Futura certainly is a sleek cooker!

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  2. A yummy, healthy and a nutritious bowl of Soup!!!!! lovely clicks as well:)

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  3. You didn't soak the beans mixture? I always soak this for 5-6 hours before cooking, now wondering if that's unnecessary!

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  4. such a healthy and nutritious soup..totally power packed..

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  5. Nupur, I should tell my friend to open a repair shop. It will save her own and lot others :)

    Rachana, Deepa - Thank you.

    Priya, no I did not soak it. I was lazy :D

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  6. I'm sorry I missed this when you posted it in March. It's one of my favorite go-to recipes for moong dal. I love how you used all manner of beans for this. Very cool!

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