Cook's Hideout: Pressure Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Risotto

November 25, 2012

Pressure Cooker Curried Butternut Squash Risotto

Hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving had a good time this weekend. 4 day long weekend flew right by. We spent most of the weekend at my cousin's place and returned home in the afternoon today. We were hungry from the long drive and I wanted to make something real quick with minimum effort. So I made this one pot pressure cooker risotto with butternut squash from Nupur's blog.

I know when we think of risotto, the first thing that comes to mind is the constant stirring of hot liquid into the rice at regular intervals to get the characteristic creamy consistency. But pressure cooking arborio rice makes the dish equally creamy and delicious with minimum effort (or practically NO effort). So with 5 minutes prep and 15 minutes cooking we had our piping hot risotto for lunch that tasted as tasted almost as tasty as the traditional risotto. I added some curry powder for a little kick and to give the risotto from Indian flare.

Arborio Rice - 1cup
Butternut squash - 3 cups, peeled and diced
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely minced
Curry Powder - 1tsp
Nutritional Yeast - 3tbsp
Vegetable Stock (or water) - 3cups
Salt & Pepper- to taste

  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pressure cooker; add the onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions turn translucent.
  • Next add the rice and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add butternut squash, curry powder, nutritional yeast, vegetable stock, salt and pepper. Snap the lid and cook for 2 whistles. Perfectly al dente risotto is ready to enjoy!!
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for BM# 22.


  1. That looks like a warm and comforting meal, Pavani.

  2. nice risotto!!! can i do this with regular rice?

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  3. Wonderful looking risotto, never thought of making them through pressure cooker, with minimum efforts.cant wait to make some.

  4. Thanks for trying the recipe, Pavani! It looks delicious!

  5. I have not cooked with Arborio Rice, looks so good..I am sure as you say pressure cooker really makes this job easy.

  6. would never have thought of risotto in pressure cooker - that really is a novel idea

  7. I have not cooked with this rice.The dish lloks very comforting and yes, using teh pressure cooker makes it all the more easier na...

  8. That's realy a healthy dish lovely one pot meal...

  9. This sounds so good. I love the fact that it is cooked by a pressure cooker

  10. Congratulate, the pressure cooker is a good choice, I use it every day and I am extremely happy with it.

  11. healthy...tasty...just amazing! and all done with a pressure cooker! Nice
    LisaAnn from


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