A smashing little pressure cooker when it’s just two for tea.
A pressure cooker can shorten cooking times considerably, but for small households like mine, the average 5L-6L version is far too big.
So, if you empathise when I say there’s only so much lentil soup I can eat in a week, you’ll understand how stoked I am to have found this smashing little stovetop model.
At a wee 1.5L, the Prestige Deluxe Duo Plus holds just enough beans, rice, or soup for two portions. The anodized aluminium pot has an induction-compatible base, a stainless-steel lid for pressure cooking and a glass lid for regular cooking. Where it loses steam, though, is in the instructions, which cover the basics of pressure cooking and not much else.
As I soon learnt, cooking for two is more complicated than simply halving the ingredients in a recipe for four. I had to make a dip out of mushy beans, liquidise over-cooked veges for soup, and salvage rice by finishing it off in a normal pot, so all was not lost, but after a few disasters, I’d had enough. Then I had a brainwave: contact the manufacturer for help. Within hours, the head office in India had sent me PDFs with detailed operating instructions and recipes for two. That was great, but what I really needed was assistance on how to adapt family-sized recipes.
I’m not exaggerating when I say the correct amount of liquid, simmering time and pressure-release method are critical. My advice would be to learn the ropes with a standard-sized model. When you understand the principles of pressure cooking, you’ll have a better idea of how to tweak a recipe to suit this dinky little pot. It’s a corker, just not for beginners.