Pressure-cooked delights


If you do not have an oven, there’s no need to worry, there’s always the pressure cooker to help you prepare these delectable desserts.
(1) CARAMEL CUSTARD (with a twist)  :
Caramel_CustardIngredients: 450ml milk, 75gm sugar, 2 eggs, 75ml cold water, 1tbsp castor sugar, 1tsp vanilla essence.
Method : Beat the eggs together with vanilla essence.  Add milk while stirring. Strain mixture.  Dissolve sugar and water together until caramelized.  Line a serving dish with the caramel.  Pour the custard over the caramel.  Cover with foil.  Take some water in a pressure cooker, enough for it to last the length of your cooking time (40 minutes).  Now place a ‘katori’ in it and then a perforated metal plate over the ‘katori’ (cookers usually have metal plates)  The plate should be “above” the water, not touching it.  Close the pressure cooker and cook without the pressure for 20 minutes.  Take the pudding out of the cooker, turn it upside down into a dish and serve.
 (2) VANILLA CAKE (classic, but eggless) :
VanillaCake_lzIngredients: 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar (powdered), 2 1/2tsp. baking powder, 1/2 cup water, 3/4 cup yoghurt, 1/4tsp salt, 9inch round or square tins —- 2
Method : Line the base of the tins with butter paper or grease the bases and dust either with refined flour or sugar till well coated.  Sift flour and baking powder and transfer into a mixing bowl.  Add salt, sugar, butter, water and vanilla essence.  Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon or a beater till well blended.  Add the yoghurt to the cake batter and beat till smooth.  The batter looks almost glossy when done.  Transfer the batter into the 2 tins.  Heat the pressure cooker (empty), covered but without the pressure for 3-4 minutes on high heat, then place one cake tin in it.  Cover again without pressure, lower flame and let it cook till done (about half an hour).  Repeat with the other tin.  Serve.
(3) CHOCOLATE CAKE : A keeper for days when you are craving cake, but there’s no current.
chocolate cakeIngredients: 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 1/4tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup sugar (powdered), 1/4 cup water, 2eggs, 1/2tsp vanilla essence, 1/8tsp salt, 6inch round greased baking tin.
Method : Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, butter, sugar, water, vanilla essence and beat together,  Add eggs and beat the batter till it is smooth.  Transfer to the baking tin.  Heat pressure cooker covered but without the pressure for 3-4 minutes on high heat, then place cake tin in the empty cooker (do not add water in the cooker.  Cover without the pressure, lower flame and let it cook till done (about half an hour).  Remove from cooker and serve.
—————-Niru Gupta.
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