Thursday, 12 October 2017

Cherry Tomato Risotto in Lakeland Pressure Cooker


My childhood memories stem back to recollection of my mother cooking in the kitchen. She did not have any electrical gadgets and all the grinding, crushing and pulsing was done in the pestle and mortar or on a large stone. She would grate all her vegetables using a hand held grater there was no kitchen aid on hand or blenders either. The only gadget I ever saw that she had was her trusted pressure cooker. I would hear it hissing and steaming as she cooked her pulses and grain in it every day.

Pressure cookers if you are not used to them can appear rather frightening to use but actually they are not. Some care and attention and safety rules are required such as never use a pressure cooker with out any liquid in it, ensure the seals are not damaged or broken, the gasket is not damaged and the valves are not blocked. Lastly its important not to overfill a pressure cooker but close the lid properly before putting it on the heat. Once the cooking process is compete ensure that the steam release vent is opened and all the steam has escaped before opening. These few instructions will ensure a very happy relationship with your pressure cooker.


I recently needed to upgrade my pressure cooker which was getting old and I could not get the correct spare parts for it, so keeping safety in mind I sourced a new pressure cooker. My new pressure cooker is the  Sitra Pro Graphalogie 8L pressure cooker from Lakeland. It comes complete with silicon steam basket and a lifting tool. The pressure cooker can be operated with one hand, has a quick glance cooking times and built in safety features. I like the cooker as its easy to clean, has good heat distribution, can be used on gas cooker or hob and it preserves flavour and nutrients. It cuts cooking time of pulses by 60 percent. This is important to me as I cook with a lot of pulses since I am a vegetarian. The Pressure cooker retails at £109.00 and its available from Lakeland website and in store too.




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Cherry Tomato Risotto
Creamy and delicious risotto cook with simple Italian flavours.
Ingredients:
  • 250 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 250 g Risotto Rice
  • 500 ml Passatta
  • 250 ml Water
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium white onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon White Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli flakes (Optional)
  • 60 g Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

Method:
1. In the pressure cooker add the oil and wait for it to heat up. Once hot add onions and garlic and saute the onions until pink and translucent.
2. Add the rice and then add the pasatta, water, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and mix together. Bring the liquid to boil.Add the tomatoes, I like to keep them whole.3. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and press the regulator down and into the cook position.(This is indicated by the pressure cooker symbol) and cook the rice for 18 minutes on medium heat 4. Release the pressure from the cooker and stir the risotto, it should be quite wet and the rice should be cooked but a l dente. At this point if the mixture appears dry add a little bit more water. The risotto should be rich and creamy in texture.The rice grains should be holding shape.5. Stir in the oregano and transfer the risotto to serving bowls, add grated Parmesan cheese on top if desired.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 4


NB- This recipe can be made on the stove top instead of using the pressure cooker but the cooking time will be longer.

***I was sent the Sitra Pro Graphalogie  8L pressure cooker from Lakeland to test it out in my kitchen, all views and opinions are my own as are the photographs.

61 comments:

  1. I love risotto and since tomato is my favourite vegetable, I love this recipe.

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  2. Love the lettering on this pressure cooker! Definitely brings it from that tacky industrial look to the warm at home feel. Did you do it yourself or did it come this way?

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    1. The lettering was already on there, it's a nice touch.

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  3. It's been ages since I've used a pressure cooker. Funny, I never thought about using one for a risotto. I'll definitely have to try that one!

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  4. This sounds like a great pressure cooker. I really like the fact that you can operate it with one hand! Great recipe too, sounds delicious!

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    1. Its so easy to operate and really useful to have in the kitchen.

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  5. Cherry tomato risotto sounds very flavorful and inviting. Pressure cooker are always a life savor for me.

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    1. Me too I use my pressure cooker a lot for all my pulses.

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  6. Risotto is actually one thing I have never made before but have wanted to. I actually have never eaten it either but I know it's popular.

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    1. Its delicious and you really need to try it.

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  7. The pressure cookers of today are so much easier and less complicated to use. The Lakeland pressure cooker looks really great and your cherry tomato risotto looks so delicious!

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  8. Ever since I started to look Master chef on TV I need a pressure cooker! All those delicious food that have come out of one of these pressure cookers! Especially the porc
    belly dishes they always do!
    But your risotto recipe sound perfect for a pressure cooker! Yummy!

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  9. I love risotto and this preparation looks so delicious. Th pressure cooker looks so sophisticated compared to the Indian ones.

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  10. wow that is super fast for a risotto - think I need to get a pressure cooker in my life!

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  11. Oh yum, I've always wanted to try a risotto. This looks SO good and I had no idea you could make it in a pressure cooker.

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  12. Both my kiddos love risotto, love the striking color of this tomato risotto!

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  13. This is so great. My husband and I have been wanting to get a pressure cooker for a while and this makes our desire even bigger now.

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  14. That looks so beautiful! Almost too good to eat!! And I bet the pressure cooker makes it so much easier!

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  15. You know, I have never made one Risotto, but have always fancied to do that. now this recipe seems simple enough to allow me a try .

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  16. That looks so good! I've been wanting to try using a pressure cooker for a while.

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  17. What a fabulous pressure cooker recipe! Love the color and presentation of the risotto too.

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  18. Such a super filling and lipsmacking risotto, completely irresistible..

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  19. That is so beautiful!!!Love the colour of this risotto!!

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  20. Lakeland are the best for cooking bits aren't they?! This risotto sounds so yummy x

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  21. Im a sucker for Italian food. And Risotto is my fav mostly because I'm an Indian and guess anything with rice is right up there on the list. The recipe seems doable too. Will give it a shot this weekend!

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  22. Such lovely presentation..I am yet to try my hands with making Risotto, your version sounds good to try..

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  23. Oh wow this looks delicious, I do love a good risotto. I have never actually used a pressure cooker but they look ace and I am very intrigued

    Laura x

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  24. Love the lettering on the pressure cooker and it definitely looks way sophisticated than its Indian counterpart. I use pressure cooker for most of the dishes. The risotto looks so good and love your serveware :)

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  25. Rissotto is my favourite and this looks so delicious. Pressure cooker is really a useful gadget in the kitchen.

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  26. Lakeland always have the best cooking gadgets, I definitely need to get me one of these x

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  27. Am in love with this dish. Awesome color and sounds interesting too.

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  28. We love risotto, but never tried making with cherry tomatoes. Yours looks so gorgeous, tempting dish actually.

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  29. Never tried ristto with cherry tomatoes! Can't wait to try this recipe as it looks so yum!

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  30. I am so used to my Indian pressure cookers.. Though I own two non Indian cookers, I always end up going back to old seeti (whistle) vala cookers . Risotto looks delicious.

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  31. I would share this recipe to my aunt in Cali. She loves cooking so much. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I have always stayed away from pressure cookers as always thought they weren’t worth the effort but glad to be proven wrong and as this risotto looks absolutely delicious

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  33. Fabulous recipe with pressure cooker... Cherry Tomato in risotto.. superb

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  34. Your pressure cooker look very chic and stylish. Tomato risotto sounds absolutely delicious and so convenient to make in a pressure cooker.

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  35. This looks so hearty and satisfying!

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  36. Haven't tried risotto with cherry tomatoes before but I would love to try this! I bet my Amore will like it too :)

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  37. I love risotto and tomatoes but have never had them together, what a fab idea x

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  38. I remember that my dad had a pressure cooker but I was scared of it! I've seen good things about them lately and I think one would really help me cook beans and pulses quicker.

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  39. I can totally relate on your post - during my early years of cooking I have some fear of using pressure cooker. Though I overcame it and became confident using when I buy high end type. Your risotto looks so tempting, I hop I can try to cook it one of these days.

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  40. So nice you were able to get a new pressure cooker just in time before old one just wore out. Chefs do love their gadgets...

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  41. My mum used to have a pressure cooker but it's not something I've ever felt I needed in my home. I can see it definitely helps with cooking time though.

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  42. Thanks for sharing the receipe, will definitely try this on this weekend.

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  43. I've never tried risotto but this sounds so yummy and perfect for the colder months x

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  44. Risotto in pressure cooker.. wow!! That’s amazing. Love the vibrant colors due to cherry tomatoes.
    I feeling pressure cooker is a blessing in kitchen.

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  45. Delicious recipe. Will try it sometime. It's difficult to get risotto rice in India.

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  46. I like the sound of this pressure cooker. The recipe looks yummy too.

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  47. oh I love risotto but have never had a tomato risotto before! That sounds delicious and also a great way of getting goodness into the kids!

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  48. I love risotto - this looks delicious. I would love a pressure cooker like this! Kaz

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  49. Oh I've never had tomato risotto before but love the idea of it. The recipie sounds easy enough to make one afternoon, I'll have to give it a shot.

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  50. I absolutely love risotto besides your recipe looks so yummy plus I have a pressure cooker hardly being used. I need to try this out for my kids!

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  51. I love my pressure cooker and this looks delicious - will have to give it a go

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  52. I have never made a dish like this before but it looks amazing. Definitely going to give it a try!

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  53. I love Risotto and the photos make it looks yum! I'll definitely be giving this a try.

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  54. I absolutely love Risotto, but I've not make it in forever x

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  55. I have to show my husband this. He was just telling me that we needed a pressure cooker!

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