Here is a detailed post which will not only guide you for the brand of pressure cooker but also have some yummy recipes to try with 🙂
History of Pressure Cooker
Process of cooking food, using some liquids or water, in sealed vessel is known as Pressure Cooker. Pressure cooking is the one type of method of cooking, in which food cooks faster than another cooking methods. Invention of Pressure Cooker brings comfort in the life of ladies. Now a days using Pressure Cookers while cooking become a routine. Pressure cooker entered in the kitchen in 1938 in the New York City. After that America & Europe starts manufacturing of pressure cookers.
As pressure cooker entered in the kitchen cooking became an easy task than before as well as it saves time & fuel too. Now a day’s Pressure cooker is an essential equipment of every kitchen, every woman want to check its durability before purchasing. And it is safe & easy to use. It’s really easy to use but also you should handle it with care.
How Pressure Cooker brings Comfort in life
I remember that my Aaji (Grand-Mother) used to woke up very early in the morning means near about 3-30am, on festivals to cook Puran Poli. Cooking puran was time consuming process, they had to soak daal for 3-4 hours to cook fast after that was cooked in boiled water. But now using Pressure cooker cooking Puran Poli becomes easy, time saving & happy process, because Pressure cooker cooks ingredient in one third of the cooking time. As like cooking Puran Poli, Idali, Dhokala, Boiling Eggs, and Cooking Chicken-Mutton become a child stuff. Even you can bake a cake in Cooker. Thanks to Pressure Cooker.
That’s why Prestige said “Jo Biwi Se kare Pyaar, Woh Prestige Se Kaise Kare Inkaar”
So friends, now we are going to take look of the two popular brands of Pressure cookers that is Prestige & Pigeon.
Which Brand Pressure Cooker is best in India ?
Prestige is well-known, popular & prestigious brand all over the world for kitchen appliances. From 75 years Prestige manufacturing highest quality material & brings modern manufacturing techniques to all cookware. The Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker is made up of with the virgin Aluminium to avoid contamination while cooking. Cookers are available in stainless steel, Aluminium hard anodized bodies & microwave friendly bodies. Stainless steel & Aluminium bodies are best for daily or rough & tough use. It has new improved handles for durability & safety. Cooker has Anti-bulge base for long-lasting use. You can choose capacity of cookers as per you requirement.
As compare to Prestige, Pigeon entered in market some decades ago but it really captured market well. Wide range of cookers available here according to the capacity Pigeon manufactures Pressure cookers from 2litres to 12liters. Outer lid & Inner lid pressure cookers are available in Aluminium Pressure Cookers. Pigeon also manufacture ceramic coated nonstick cookers & hard anodized cookers.
Pigeon Pressure Cookers are made up of with best quality of Aluminium. These are Gas Stove & Induction stove compatible. It has user-friendly handles. There is no boxes inside. The manufacturer provides best quality material in affordable price. The Pigeon Pressure Cookers are strong, sturdy & durable.
Which is the Best Pressure Cooker in India? 2018 Guide
|Product → Description ↓||Pigeon Favourite Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Cooker with Outer Lid, 3 Litres, Silver||Pigeon Favourite Al Outer Aluminum Pressure Cooker, 5 Litres, Silver||Pigeon Favourite Outer Lid Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 3 Litres, Silver||Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 3 Litres|
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|Frame Material||Aluminium, Anodised||–||Aluminium, Anodised|
|Package Contents||1-Piece Pressure Cooker (3 Litres)||1-Piece Pressure Cooker (5 Litres)||1-Piece Pressure Cooker (3 Litres)|
|Item Weight||2.56 kg||1.72 kg||1.1 kg||—|
|Advance Feature||Boiling & Slow Cooking||Four Level Safety||unique gasket release system, metalic safety plug|
|Special Feature||Gas Stovetop Compatible; Induction Stovetop Compatible||Gas Stovetop Compatible|
Are these pressure cookers Multipurpose??
These are multipurpose cooker, you can use this cooker to cook Daal, Rice, Sabzi, in some minutes. You can bake a cake in it. I have Prestige 9litre & 3litre cookers both are working fine. I have Idali stand which is adjustable in our 9litr cooker so I can make Idali in it, Puran, boil vegetables for Pav Bhaji, boil vegetables in for Paratha as well as for various soups, Chicken-Mutton will be ready in 15-20mins, lots of dishes can prepare earlier with the help of cooker. And as mentioned above its contamination rate is zero percent so we can cook various dishes without tension. This size is perfect for 2-3 members. This cooker is Gas Stove Compatible.
Here I will share my Methi Paratha recipe with you,
- Methi (Fenugreek)
- Haldi (turmeric) – ½ tablespoon
- Jira Powder (Cumin Powder) – 1 tablespoon
- Dhana Powder (Coriander Powder) – 1 tablespoon
- Salt as per taste
- Green Chillies 5-6 nos.
How to Make Methi Paratha –
- Clean Methi (Fenugreek) properly
- Wash it with water
- Put it for drying for some minutes
- Take that Methi in cooker pot
- Add Haldi (turmeric)(1/2 tbsp), Jira Powder(1tbsp), Dhana Powder(tbsp), Green Chiilles 5-6nos., Some ginger garlic paste & Salt for a taste.
- Put that pot in a cooker.
- Allow it to cook for 5-7 minutes. (Now batter is ready)
- Take ready batter then add wheat floor in it also add rice floor. Allow it soak for 15 mins.
- Roll your Paratha & roast it on low flame.
- Serve Paratha with dahi (Curd) or chutney.
Try it …its really yummy.
As explained above you can make any vegetable Paratha like Spinach, Carrot, Beetroot etc. With the help of cooker. That’s why I said Pressure Cookers are multitasking partner of our Kitchen.
Safety Features of Pressure cookers
Now we will discuss about safety features, safety is really important aspect while cooking. Prestige 3-litre pressure cooker is designed with some safety features for our safety. It has unique safety feature that is gasket release system, which releases inside pressure safely outside the cooker. Also it is combined with the metallic safety plug, which is used to releases excess built up steam whenever the pressure rises beyond a safety level to prevent any kitchen mishap. The Pigeon pressure cooker comes with four level safety for better usage.
As mentioned above that are some safety features comes with cooker while manufacturing. But we should also take care of it while handling like
Do’s for pressure cookers
- Pour proper quantity of water at bottom in the cooker.
- Put plate under Cooker pots.
- Set cooker pots perfectly one above the other.
- Check ring before putting lid on the cooker for closure.
- Set whistle perfectly.
- Check time when you started gas stove.
- Allow it to cooling for some minutes as cooking is over.
- As it get cool remove whistle, open up lid.
- Take off cooker pots from it.
- Remove remaining hot water & plate
- Wash it with cool water & make it dry with cotton napkin.
- Put ring in the freezer.
- Fit handle screws tightly if it get loose.
Don’t’s for pressure cookers
- Don’t forget pour water at bottom of the cooker.
- Don’t use cooker without its ring.
- Don’t remove whistle as cooker is not properly cool down.
- Don’t remove lid before cooker gets cool.
- Don’t take face over the cooker while removing lid.
- Don’t soak anything in the cooker as it is Aluminium material it can allow acidic reaction with soak food and may be it causes food poisoning.
As if you take care of yourself & the cooker while handling the cooker you won’t face any mishap. And you will enjoy cooking with the help of your Pressure Cooker. We are using Prestige Cookers from last 15 years still it is in good condition. And one of my friend is using Pigeon Pressure cooker from last 3 years that is also working well.
Cleaning of for pressure cookers
It is easy to clean. It is not dishwasher friendly.
As it is Aluminium body you can use any type of liquid & bar soap for cleaning.
Again I am sharing one technique to clean cooker easily which I use once in a month. We are using these Pressure Cookers daily for cooking due to this it is dealing with heat & steam. Due to steam its color turns to slight grey at bottom from inside so squeeze half lemon in the pressure cooker after pouring water at its bottom before while cooking. And at its outer side directly dealing with direct flame that’s why outer bottom part of Cooker got sticky black. It is hard to wash. So follow the technique, Fill cooker half with the water add ½ tbsp. any detergent powder then squeeze lemon in it & allow it to boil for 10mins. This way it get clean from inside. After 10mins pour that boiled water in any other pot & dip cooker in it, this way it will get clean from outside. After dipping cooker 10mins in that boiled water wash the cooker with your regular method. After all this process you found your cooker looks clean & as like new.
Prestige & Pigeon both Pressure cookers are having 5-Years warranty from manufacturer side. The cooker comes with ISI Mark.
Please read instructions very carefully before use.
Final Recommendation on best pressure cooker in India 2018
My Mother, Mother in law is using Prestige 9litre cooker from last 15 years still it is working properly. My Sister in Laws are using 5litre & 3litre cookers from last 5 years they are also happy with it. So we are a Prestige family. But we all are using Aluminium body it is really good for rough & tough use. And, I gifted Pigeon 3litre cooker to one my friend 3 years ago that is also performing well.
So you can choose cooker as per your requirement if you have joint family can go with 10 litre & 12 litre & if your family is small choose 2 liters, 3 liters etc.
If you take care of it properly your multitasking kitchen partner will be with you for long time.
|Product → Description ↓||Pigeon Favourite Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Cooker with Outer Lid, 3 Litres, Silver||Pigeon Favorite Al Outer Aluminum Pressure Cooker, 5 Liters, Silver||Pigeon Favorite Outer Lid Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 3 Liters, Silver||Prestige Popular Aluminium Pressure Cooker, 3 Liters|
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