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What is "one whistle" for my pressure cooker?

GanJa786 Jun 10, 2012 06:45 AM

Hey everyone i am planning to cook this Rasmalai recipe and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=... its mentioned that i should let it reach one whistle and then turn off my stove and start timing for 5 mins. Unfortunately i have this modern electric pressure cooker so for mine does it mean i should let it reach pressure and then time it for 5 mins? I would really appreciate if someone can guide me thx.

  1. paulj Jun 10, 2012 09:03 AM

    There isn't a neat equivalence.

    On an Indian PC like this, the weight doesn't just rock (as on a Presto), it can also lift slightly and release a burst of steam (the whistle). Manufacturers intended this as a safety feature, but in kitchens without clocks it evolved into a timing method - let it whistle once, wait till the pressure again builds up and whistles, etc.

    Not only doesn't your electric not whistle, it also probably cooks at a different pressure. Most electrics control temperature, not pressure, with the target being 240 (roughly 12 psi) rather than 248 (15).

    also uses as PC, though with different times, and it isn't clear whether it is using pressure

    There should be recipes around that don't use a PC. After all these date from before PCs.

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