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When I come home really tired from work, this is the recipe that comes into my mind. This is quick to make and you can add any vegetables that you have in your fridge. All you need is a pressure cooker. I find pressure cooker very handy. I use my pressure cooker a lot for making stews, dahl, soups, etc. This dish is a combination of different ingredients and is quite nutritious, full of flavour and filling at the same time.

Pressed Chicken and Rice

  • 4 pieces of chicken thigh fillet
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small capsicum, cut into small pieces (you can use different coloured capsicums to make the dish look colourful)
  • Handful of peas
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups of rice, soaked for at least 15 minutes
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Small piece of ginger, crushed
  • Paprika to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Place the chicken thigh fillets. Cook on both sides until they are lightly browned.
Pressed Chicken and Rice
  • Add onion and fry until browned.
  • Add capsicum, carrot and peas. Mix them well.
  • Add rest of the ingredients. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Pressed Chicken and Rice
  • Drain water from rice. Add rice and mix well.
Pressed Chicken and Rice
  • Put 1 and 1/2 cup water and mix with the ingredients.
Pressed Chicken and Rice
  • Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 10 minutes.
Serving suggestion:
  • You may add a dollop of plain yoghurt on top of the dish.
EDIT: Peter in the comments below asked me what pressure cooker I used for this recipe. I use Futura 5L pressure cooker. I think it has automatic pressure regulator. There is no way of selecting high or low pressure in it. If you have a pressure cooker with pressure selection option, I reckon you can try high pressure and see how it goes. If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to comment.


      claudia lamascolo said...
      I have never used a pressure cooker looks like a great way to save time for sure!
    1. ... on April 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM  
    2. Jenn said...
      My mother used a pressure cooker a lot when I was a kid... I personally don't have any experience with one... Looks like an interesting and fast way to cook.
    3. ... on April 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM  
    4. Biren @ Roti n Rice said...
      I have never tried cooking rice in a pressure cooker. It seems you used less water. I will have to give it a try. Your spiced chicken rice sounds delicious!
    5. ... on April 10, 2011 at 1:10 AM  
    6. Mary said...
      This looks wonderful. I don't own a pressure cooker but both my daughters do. I've passed this lovely recipe on to them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary
    7. ... on April 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM  
    8. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
      @Claudia, @Jenn: Using pressure cooker is a fast way to cook. It reduces cooking time and is great for busy days.

      @Biren: This is a normal amount of water I use for this recipe. The rice was soaked before cooking, which makes it easier to cook as well. So yes, that much water has worked for me.

      @Mary: Thanks for passing this recipe on to your daughters. I hope they'll like it.
    9. ... on April 10, 2011 at 5:30 PM  
    10. Anonymous said...
      This looks delicious! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I am now following you.
      Have a lovely day!

    11. ... on April 11, 2011 at 3:34 AM  
    12. Adora's Box said...
      I use the pressure cooker a lot but never knew that rice can be cooked in it. Thanks for the handy tip. The recipe is really good, too.
    13. ... on April 12, 2011 at 1:49 AM  
    14. Reeni said...
      I never used a pressure cooker but love how fast it cooks! This looks comforting and delicious!
    15. ... on April 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
    16. Victor said...
      Unfortunately I don't own a pressure cook. I know it does some amazing dishes, especially Brazilian food.
    17. ... on April 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
    18. Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane said...
      Pressure cookers are amazing - really good results without the waiting time! Your chicken looks really good too, those spices must make it smell delicious whilst its cooking :)
    19. ... on April 13, 2011 at 1:45 AM  
    20. ''Cucina di Barbara'' said...
      This dish looks absolutely delicious!
      I have to try this:) So interesting, Have a nice day,
    21. ... on April 13, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
    22. Elisabeth said...
      Hi Sel-I just had a big discussion with a friend of mine who works at Wal-Mart and said, that they can't keep enough pressure cookers on hand, because they sell out right away. I remember some thirty years ago, or more the accident my sister had with it, because she release the lid too it's back as a very frequent request!

      At any rate, they are very much in demand, and your dish looks superb!!!
    23. ... on April 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
    24. Magic of Spice said...
      I have never cooked with a pressure cooker, but the flavors here are fantastic and this is a dish my family would enjoy :)
    25. ... on April 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
    26. Jeannie said...
      Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog, I love this rice dish too but pity I do not have a pressure cooker to try this delicious looking dish!
    27. ... on April 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
    28. megi said...
      My mom LOVES her pressure cooker and she got me one too, I am planning to try this recipe on Friday. Thank you!
    29. ... on April 14, 2011 at 6:39 AM  
    30. Sarahworldcook said...
      I have a pressure cooker that I've used a few times- really need to use it more since it is so easy and fast. I'm loving your recipes, as always. So I'm passing on a bunch of awards to you. Check it out here-

      Looking forward to more good food!
    31. ... on April 16, 2011 at 2:52 AM  
    32. Ann said...
      i always wanted a pressure cooker but they seem so expensive. but that meal took only a little while? neat
    33. ... on April 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
    34. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
      Thanks everyone!

      @Victor: Didn't know about Brazilian pressure cooker food. I need to check these out.

      @Elisabeth: Yes I heard of accidents with pressure cookers too when people open the lid too soon and the contents just pop out at you. I once had a worn out lid washer or something and the liquid inside came gushing out. Gotta be careful with these monsters :)

      @Megi: Let us know how you go with this dish.

      @Sarah: Thanks for enjoying my recipes and thanks for the awards!
    35. ... on April 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM  
    36. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
      @Ann: Yes it only took about 10 minutes. All you have to do is leave everything inside, cover the lid properly and start cooking. No need to stir it in between or anything else.
    37. ... on April 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM  
    38. megi said...
      I made this last week but didn't get a chance to comment about it until now, it was fantastic, I was really impressed, the texture of the rice was perfect and the whole dish tasted great. Thank you!
    39. ... on April 25, 2011 at 2:35 AM  
    40. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
      @megi: Thanks for letting me know. I'm very happy that the dish turned out good.
    41. ... on April 25, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
    42. Peter said...
      Wondering at which pressure you cook this? My cooker (kuhn rikon) has a low pressure (0.4 bar) and a high pressure (0.8 bar).
    43. ... on April 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
    44. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
      @Peter: I use Futura 5L pressure cooker. I think it has automatic pressure regulator. There is no high or low pressure in it.
    45. ... on June 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
    46. Uma said...
      I love this way of preparing biryani. Looks so tempting. First time here. love your space.

    47. ... on August 9, 2011 at 9:29 PM  

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