Please follow the recipe EXACTLY
as stated for the first few times. Standardize your pressure cooker
before starting the recipe if you have not done so earlier. This is done to ensure that the timings work the same way as it works for OPOS recipes. Take a 2L/3L pressure cooker.
Add the butter, oil and 2 tbsp water
. Give it a good whisk until combined.
Next arrange the onions and tomatoes half and half covering the base. These cook and release additional moisture that aids cooking. So we are cooking in veggies own juice instead of watering it down thereby increasing flavor.
Next goes in potatoes.
Next layer is cauliflower and cabbage.
Bell Peppers/Capsicum and grated beets go in next. You can also add finely cubed beets as well.
Then goes in frozen green peas.
The final layer is the spices. You can vary the amount based on your preference. Start with this proportion and then adjust accordingly next time around.
Close the lid, place the weight and cook on HIGH. . The flame should cover the bottom of the cooker. Make sure it does not extend to the sides. Will cause the handles to burn. Set the timer to 6 minutes especially as a precaution so that you don't go away anywhere. You need 2 Whistles
The pressure valve will pop out around 5-6 minute mark. Keep a watch out for it.
Note: If it does not in another minute or so, check if steam is leaking out the sides of your lid. That means gasket is at fault. In that case switch off the cooker and open the lid. If cooked, proceed with Step 12. Otherwise, add some (1-2 tbsp ) water, stretch your gasket and place it again for 1 Whistle.
Switch off at the second whistle. I got my second whistle at 6:55 minutes. I was using 3L litre
You can release pressure immediately for a more vibrant color. Usually if it was just a side dish, I would release pressure. But in this case, we need nicely mashed veggies for Pav Bhaji. Hence, I let the cooker settle down. Takes around 6-8 minutes.
On opening, this is how it looks like.
Give it a good mix. - See the color coming together from the beets? :)
Now give it a good mash until you cannot discern one vegetable from another.
Squeeze some lemon juice and combine. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste. If little sour from tomatoes, you can add a pinch of sugar to balance.