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Published 1 February 2018

Ingredients (for two people)

  • Rice - 1 cup - For this recipe I use white bastmati rice (not very traditional I know but it cooks super quick and means the timings work well for the pressure cooker)
  • Spanish chorizo - Approx 5cm medium sliced (optional - you don't need to include this but I think it adds a nice flavor to the rice)
  • Onions - 1 Chopped (or onion powder - I take this when camping in case I can't get any onlions)
  • Garlic - 1-4 cloves (depending how much you like it) Chopped (or garlic powder - again, I take this when camping in case I can't get any fresh)
  • Carrots - 1 Chopped (optional -  I like to try and include extra veggies in a recipie whenever I can)
  • Tomatoes - Approx 2 cups - Any will do, big, small, tinned (if you are using tinned reduce the amount of water by a bit to offsett the tomatoe juice and if using very large tomatoes roughly chop them)
  • Chicken - 1 breast - Chopped small (optional - again you don't have to include this but I think it works well)
  • Paprika - Sweet or spicy - 2 tsp
  • Stock - 1 stock cube (veg or chicken) or 2 tsp of bouillon
  • Saffron - add a pinch of saffron if you're feeling fancy
  • Water - 2 cups


If you are using Chorizo add this first and gently fry for a minute or two, it should release some oil, if you don’t get much oil out you can add a little more.

If you’re not using the chorizo then add a little oil in the bottom of the pan.

Next fry the onions and garlic for a couple of minutes.

Then add the chicken if you’re using it and continue to fry for another 3-4 minutes.

Next add your rice, carrots and tomatoes. Then add the stock cube or bullion, paprika and saffron if you're using it. And finally add the water and stir well.

Remember to use a little less water if you’re using tinned tomatoes in juice. You want the liquid to just cover the top of all the ingredients.

Cook at pressure for 2 minutes, remove from heat and allow to remain at pressure for a further 5 minutes.

Open the pressure cooker and enjoy!

Check the instructions for your pressure cooker model on how to get it to full pressure, I’ve included instructions below for the Hawkins Futura Pressure Cooker.

Tips for cooking with a pressure cooker

The right amount of liquid is key to pressure cooking.

Too much and when it boils the pressure cooker will spurt and liquid will come out the steam vent, too little and it will boil dry and ruin the food.

Until you get the hang of pressure cooking, keep and eye on the steam during cooking to make sure it is remaining steady. If steam stops coming out gently tap the valve to see if it’s just got a bubble but if the steam is still dwindling remove it from the heat as you might need to add more water.

Getting the pressure cooker to full operating pressure.

Put the lid on the pressure cooker (without the pressure regulator) and cook on full heat until steam comes out the vent. Once steam starts to steadily come out the vent then add the pressure regulator and continue to cook on high for a minute or two until steam comes out again with a constant level of intensity. This is the point at which to reduce the heat and start timing the recipe.You want to lower the temperature to the point where steam is still coming out steadily but it need not be higher.

Cooking instructions will vary slightly from cooker to cooker.

You might need to make some fine adjustments and check the instructions for your model. This is the pressure cooker that I use.

Hawkins Futura 2 Litre Anodised Pressure Cooker

Hawkins Futura 2 Litre Anodised Pressure Cooker

I love the look of this design classic. It’s easy to use and brilliantly compact for camping.

Here is a link to the instructions for this model (1.2 MB pdf).

You can buy the Hawkins Futura 2 Litre Anodised Pressure Cooker here on Amazon

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