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Untraditional Beef Rouladen

By , April 26, 2012

Submitted by Teresa B. G.

Untraditional Beef Rouladen 300x225 Untraditional Beef RouladenWhenever we had friends for dinner my father would attempt beef rouladen…a traditional European Recipe.  He would do it the regular way with ham, dill pickles, celery etc.  Often it was hit and miss for him…sometimes the meat would turn out too tough, he slow cooked it in the oven for a long time.  We loved it any which way. When I started to experiment with a pressure cooker I would also make the Rouladen the traditional way.  Then I started to improvise and combine and came up with a Beef Rouladen Recipe that my family just loves.  I make it in an electric pressure cooker and have not had a failed result yet!  We love it.  Quick and easy.  It takes no time at all and company thinks I slaved all day!  Here it is:

Teresa’s Untraditional Beef Rouladen – Pressure Cooked


  • Standing boneless rib roast – about 2 pounds boneless.  I buy it on sale and have it frozen on hand.  I am sure other cuts of  beef can be used as well, especially in a pressure cooker
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup raisins, preferably golden but the others work as well.  Or experiment and used  dried fruit cut up….apricots or prunes
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
  • 1 cup seasoned stove top stuffing
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste (1/4 tsp of each)
  • 2 tsps. Powdered beef bouillon (optional).  If you use the bouillon, do not use the salt.
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 – 4  carrots (depending on size and preference) peeled and cut into pieces or a cup or two of packaged ‘baby’ carrots
  • 1 cup of beef bouillon – I boil water and put a tbsp. of powdered beef bouillon into it
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme or 2 tbsp fresh thyme cut up Cooking oil Fresh parsley (optional)


Cut the roast into six equal slices (about ¾ to 1 inch thickness each).  I pound these slices to ¼ or ½ inch thickness.  Truly, I do not even measure – I just pound them flatter.

Heat up your electric pressure cooker on the sauté function.

Melt ¼ cup butter, add the powdered beef bouillon and swish around a bit.

Sauté ½ cup onion, celery, garlic, raisins until onions are translucent (few minutes) and then add the stove top stuffing and the 2 tbsp (or little more) of water. Season with a little salt and pepper.  When I use the powdered bouillon, I do not use the salt.  Mix together.

Divide this above ‘stuffing’ amongst the pounded slices of beef.  Mound the stuffing at one end of each steakette and roll it up .  You may tie it with a string or skewer it with small metal skewers to keep it rolled up.

I heat the pressure cooker again, heat the oil – amount depends on how many roll ups you have – and I brown all of the rolls.

On top of the browned rolls in the pressure cooker I put in the carrots, the other ½ cup of onions, the cup of liquid beef bouillon with the 1 tbsp of tomato puree mixed into it, bay leaves, thyme and the pepper to taste.

I secure the lid and on an electric pressure cooker I use the meat setting.  If you would rather use the timed setting then it is 15 minutes.  I let the pressure naturally release.  When done I put the rolls on a plate, place the carrots on top and remove the bay leaves.  I heat the pressure cooker and I thicken the gravy by sprinkling flour over top, letting it soak in and stir.  I pour some of the gravy over the rolls and put the rest in a gravy boat for company to use.  Sprinkle everything with fresh parsley (optional).

Absolutely delicious.

I will NEVER cook it any other way… tender, so full of flavour.  My family begs for  my rouladen.

Chholey – or Chickpea Curry – Vegetarian

By , February 27, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

This is an Indian vegetarian dish so full of flavour.  A meal on its own.  We enjoy it over rice but most of all I enjoy it as a side dish accompanying beef stroganoff that I also cook in the pressure cooker.

The pressure cooker is a wonderful cooking tool which I try to use DAILY.  I think I am eating a lot healthier because of it and learning so many ways to use it. Pressure cooking has opened my eyes as to the different ethnic dishes that can be made and enjoyed…and shopping in the various ethnic stores is a treat!



  • 2 cups of dry chickpeas – washed and soaked overnight in boiling water covering the chick peas
  • (Sometimes I want to make it and had not soaked the chickpeas overnight so then I soak them during the day for several hours)
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes ( 796 ml) with the liquid ½ – tsp of Garam Masala – which can be bought in any Indian grocery store – inexpensive
  • 2 tablespoons heaping of Chholey Masala, MDH brand also purchased in any Indian grocery store
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste – I mash and chop up 3-4 cloves of garlic if I do not have the paste on hand
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste – again if I do not have ginger on hand I will use ginger powder to taste (1-2 tbsp)
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt to taste – I only add a little as I am trying to eliminate it from my diet
  • 2-4 tablespoons lemon juice.  Adjust it according to taste.
  • Coriander leaves – washed and minced  or again just use coriander powder – a tsp or so.


  • After soaking the chickpeas overnight put your pressure cooker to heat (sauté function)  boil the chick peas in about 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes.  Skim off the frothing otherwise the pressure cooker vent may get blocked. Pour the chick peas and water into another container and put aside.
  • Heat the oil in the pressure cooker – you may add more oil if need to, becareful not to burn the spices.
  • Heat the garam masala in the oil to bring out the flavour.
  • Add diced onion and when it is transparent add the turmeric.  Cook it a bit.
  • Add the ginger and garlic, stir it a bit to cook.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook a bit.
  • Now add the 2 heaping tablespoons of chholey masala Add the presoaked chickpeas with about 2 cups of water Add salt to taste Pressure cook for about 20 – 25 minutes Let the pressure release naturally Then add the coriander leaves or powder and the lemon juice to taste.

Enjoy as a dish on its own over rice or noodles or as a side dish.

I eat it on its own for lunch.

I also have to say that when I pressure cook, I like to do the rice at the same time….I have a metal container that seals (or use another heat proof type that you can wrap with aluminum foil).

I put one cup rice and two cups water in it, seal it and place it gently on top of the chick peas in the pressure cooker, then it cooks along with the Chholey.  25 minutes is long for rice but the rice comes out the way I like it….very sticky and thick.  Perfect for the chholey.  If you like fluffy rice then cook separately or pressure cook for much shorter time.  I use brown rice mixed with white.