Rajma – Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove and bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Cover the bowl and let that sit for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. After 6 to 8 hours, drain and rinse the beans, just leave in the strainer for now.
  3. In your pressure cooking, without using the lid, heat the oil and butter on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, then add in the ginger, cloves, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Cook for a few minutes then add the tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the drained beans and water to just cover the beans then add 1 more cup of water. Stir in the sugar and salt to to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the pot and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing for 8 minutes and turn the heat down to low or medium low to just maintain the jiggler moving and pressure releasing.
  6. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid.
  7. Serve as a side dish or a main dish over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. For a non-vegetarian, add in sliced sausage at Step 4 (this is what I do). 2. Add a spoon or two of lime juice and mix that in before serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds really good, you can prepare all of this in your pressure cooker with the starting steps keeping the lid off. Your pressure cooker is essentially a heavy duty pot, use it as such and make your life a little easier. I will use my 9 1/2 quart stove top pressure cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds really good, you can prepare all of this in your pressure cooker with the starting steps keeping the lid off. Your pressure cooker is essentially a heavy duty pot, use it as such and make your life a little easier. I will use my 9 1/2 quart stove top pressure cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the flour in a zip lock bag, working in batches, coat the beef with flour and shake off excess.
  2. Without using the lid, heat the oil in pressure cooker on medium heat, when hot add the onion and beef, season with salt and pepper to your liking. Brown the beef, and when the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes or so, remove the beef from the cooker.
  3. Now add the beef stock, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, and basil, stir to mix.
  4. Place the steamer rack if your cooker has one (it is not required), then layer the potatoes, carrots, and finally the beef, season again with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the cooker and lock in place, add the weight on top and bring the heat up to high. Once the weight (jiggler) is moving and venting pressure, you are at full pressure, reduce the heat to low or medium low to maintain pressure venting and the jiggler moving. Start your timer for 8 minutes.
  6. When 8 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and place the cooker on an unused burner to release pressure naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  7. When safe to open the cooker, remove the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl and pour the liquid from the pot over the meat and vegetables.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some more beef. For now I will say fair cost as it depends where you source the beef from.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a non stick pan, when melted and hot, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, and jalapeno pepper (if using) and cook and stir for a few minutes, you are not trying to brown them, just heating them all through, remove from heat and pour it all, butter and all, into your slow cooker, there, you just made a mirepoix 🙂
  2. Drain and rinse the beans, add to the slow cooker, then add diced ham, sliced sausage, bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of Creole seasoning.
  3. Here I added the mirepoix after I added beans, ham, and sausage. The order in which you add it does not matter at all.
  4. Add the stock and 4 cups of water, add more water as needed to make sure everything is covered by the liquid, also take into account the beans will expand some during cooking so do not overfill the slow cooker. Stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and cook for 8 to 10 hours for the consistency of beans you prefer.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the remaining Creole seasoning, serve over cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

I will say Low cost for now based on 8 servings and using homemade sausage (which I will be doing). I did buy some ham to dice up just for this but forgot the price. I will price this when I get accurate numbers.

Shortcut: Creole Seasoning Mix.

Variants: 1. Use a ham hock in place of the diced ham. 2. Sausage can be Andouille, smoked sausage, kielbasa, or any sausage you prefer. 3. For creamier beans, tilt the lid on the slow cooker for the last 1-2 hours. 3. Use Cajun seasoning instead of Creole, they are nearly the same.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Beef Stock
Beef Stock
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand. When I order beef next time in the village I will have to order some cut leg bones to try this out, sounds like excellent stock.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand. When I order beef next time in the village I will have to order some cut leg bones to try this out, sounds like excellent stock.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 quarts 45 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). Oil a roasting pan and add the marrow bones, onions, carrots, and celery. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are browned, turn the veggies occasionally.
  2. When the veggies are roasted, transfer the bones and veggies to a large stock pot add the water. All the contents should be covered with water.
  3. Now with the roasting pan, pour out any fat and discard that. Add 1/2 cup hot water to the pan and scrape up any bits stuck to the pan, then pour that water into the stock pot.
  4. To the stock pot, now add the tomato paste, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Bring the pot to a simmer and maintain a simmer for 4 to 6 hours. Check the pot once in a while and skim off any foam and fat. Add water as needed to keep the contents covered.
  5. Once simmered, turn off the heat and allow the pot to cool. Remove the bones and discard or for a treat for your dog. Strain the stock and discard what you strained out.
  6. Can be used immediately or stored in the fridge for several days, or even frozen.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
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Whole Duck (Pressure Cooker)
Whole Duck (Pressure Cooker)
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Using the same idea that the pressure cooker produced an outstanding juicy and tender chicken, my wife suggested using it for duck. We sent our brother in law to a local duck farm two days ago and he brought back 2 small ducks, yesterday, 18 Feb 2018, he slaughtered the ducks, plucked them, and sort of cleaned them, and delivered the two ducks to us. I did the final cleaning and prep for the pressure cooker. And oh my, what a tender and juicy duck as well, absolutely delicious! Follow the safety precautions for you type of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Whole Duck (Pressure Cooker)
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Using the same idea that the pressure cooker produced an outstanding juicy and tender chicken, my wife suggested using it for duck. We sent our brother in law to a local duck farm two days ago and he brought back 2 small ducks, yesterday, 18 Feb 2018, he slaughtered the ducks, plucked them, and sort of cleaned them, and delivered the two ducks to us. I did the final cleaning and prep for the pressure cooker. And oh my, what a tender and juicy duck as well, absolutely delicious! Follow the safety precautions for you type of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For those in Asia, any fowl will have feet and head still attached.
  2. Prep the duck by cutting off the feet, head, and neck. Clean the inside and out with running water, clean the inside well. Make sure the heart and liver are removed as well, and clean the gizzard as well if that is not done.
  3. Beat the lemongrass with a pestle or meat tenderizer, make two bundles and tie each into an overhand knot, place a bundle in each duck, then place a handful of lime leaves in each duck.
  4. If using the feet, use a cleaver and chop off the toes, and if using the head, chop off bill, yes, I know that sounds weird. Wash the feet, heads, necks, and gizzards. These will go in the pressure cooker. For the hearts and livers, set those aside, those do not go in the pressure cooker. (I boiled the hearts and livers for a snack while cooking the ducks.)
  5. Place the ducks in the pressure cooker along with the heads, necks, feet, and gizzards. Toss in the chopped onion. Add water as need, it does not need to cover the ducks, but keep the pot 2/3 or less full.
  6. Add the lid and lock in place, place weight (jiggler) on the top and turn on heat to high. Once the jiggler starts venting pressure and moving, start your time for 25 minutes.
  7. At 25 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner and allow to release pressure naturally.
  8. One duck ready to serve. This was enjoyed with just a simple chili sauce for dipping and rice on the side. Figure 4 servings from one small duck.
Recipe Notes

Each small duck cost me 100 Baht, so 200 for both. for 8 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving, outstanding value for a very good meal!

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

“I Don’t Care” Casserole
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), get out a baking dish (I will verify the size when I make this).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, pour into your baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes, serve to your ungrateful family 😉
  5. Maybe next time when you ask, they will be more specific. Now if you ask what would you like for dinner and the family says "Kobe beef, Maine lobsters, and King crab" then fix this casserole, they will learn 😉
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get ham again, right now I will say high cost and will calculate this after I gather the supplies.

Shortcut: Condensed Cheese Soup.

Variants: 1. Substitute ham for cooked and cubed chicken or turkey. 2. Omit the meat and just make a vegetable casserole.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes or so, until onion is translucent.
  3. Now add the rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and salt to the pan, saute for 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Pour the contents of the pan into your slow cooker, then add the chicken and broth, stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and let cook for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
  6. The soup is done when the chicken is cooked through, rice is fluffy and tender, and thickened a bit.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Ragu
Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Trash Hash
White Trash Hash
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This sounds very good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
White Trash Hash
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This sounds very good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Hash
For the Sausage Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Hash
  1. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet, when hot, add the hash browns and cook undisturbed for 5-10 minutes, then flip and cook 5 minutes more, until golden and crispy. Add onions and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper as desired and mix together. Cook until onions and bell pepper are tender, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and jalapeno and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  2. Sprinkle on the cheese and let that melt then mix in well.
  3. Use the back of a spoon and make for nests in the hash brown mixture, and crack an egg into each one and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until the whites are set and yolk is still runny, about 8 minutes.
For the Sausage Gravy
  1. While the eggs are cooking, make the gravy. Cook the sausage in a medium size non stick skillet until browned and cooked through, sprinkle the flour on the cooked sausage, mix and cook one minute, then add the milk and bring to a boil then reduce to heat to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
To Serve
  1. Scoop up some hash with an egg and place on a plate, pour over some gravy, garnish with chopped chives if desired.
Recipe Notes

Over all, low cost.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Hash Browns.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Crawfish Etoufé
Crawfish Etoufé
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Crawfish, Crayfish, or Crawdads, regardless of the name they are farmed in Thailand but are hard to locate as there is only a few farms. For those that have not enjoyed these little bites, they are small, and the tails taste very much like lobster, which they are related to. When I was growing up, we lived about 1 mile from Lake Michigan, we gathered them up each year and just boiled them, tasty. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Crawfish Etoufé
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Crawfish, Crayfish, or Crawdads, regardless of the name they are farmed in Thailand but are hard to locate as there is only a few farms. For those that have not enjoyed these little bites, they are small, and the tails taste very much like lobster, which they are related to. When I was growing up, we lived about 1 mile from Lake Michigan, we gathered them up each year and just boiled them, tasty. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. This can be made with shrimp or crawfish. For shrimp just peel, remove heads, tails, and de-vein. For crawfish use the tails only, peeled. For those of you new to making stock, save either the shrimp heads and peels or for using crawfish retain the rest of the crawfish, freeze for latter use to make a stock or to make your stock for this recipe.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot, then add the onion, spring onion, and carrot. Cook until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the soup and mix, let the soup heat up to bubbly for a few seconds then reduce to a simmer and stir in the stock, then mix in the tomato paste. Add the Thai chili powder and salt to taste, stir to combine. Bring to a near boil then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Add the crawfish or shrimp, simmer until the sauce is to your desired consistency.
  5. Serve over rice or in a bread bowl, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The shrimp, large whites from Tesco would cost about 140 Baht/500 grams. Local in a village would be about the same cost for larger prawn. For 4 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Collins.
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