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What is "one whistle" for my pressure cooker?

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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).

    http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2007/1...
    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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