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WHAT IS PRESSURE COOKING?

Ordinary cooking takes place at the boiling point of water, which is 100 C. The temperature at which water boils rises with an increase in pressure and this the principle utilized by the pressure cooker to cook food at 122 C (1.055 KG/ CM2). Since cooking is done at higher temperature it is done much faster. The higher temperature and faster cooking can be achieved by utilizing pressure has been known for centuries but it was known how to control the necessary pressure safely for domestic use. This was achieved with the invention of the pressure cooker and its introduction for general domestic use only a few years ago. Thus science and technology have given housewives a simple way of improving the quality of living, which has not been available to earlier generations.

KNOW YOUR PRESSURE COOKER

Shown below are the most important parts of VIRAT pressure cooker. Do get to know their names and positions. You will find this very helpful in following the instructions.

1. Weight Valve (Pressure Regulator)
2. Lid Handle Bar
3. Lid Handle
4. Locking Loop
5. Main Handle Bracket
6. Safety valve
7. vessel
8. Lid
9. Auxiliary Handle
10.Gasket
11.Vent Tube

HOW TO FIT LID INTO COOKER vessel

  • If gasket is not properly fitted into the lid curl. Make sure it is properly fitted as shown in picture alongside.

 

  • Place lid on cooker vessel so lid handle and vessel handle are together. (Note: do not force lid into cooker vessel.)

 

  • Turn lid handle so it is at a right angle to vessel handle.

 

  • See that arrow on rim of cooker vessel matches arrow on lid s rim.

 

  • Slide the lid slightly away from the vessel handle and tilt that portion of the lid that has the arrow on it into the mouth of the pressure cooker.

 

  • Insert lid under rim of cooker vessel.

 

  • Place the lid handle bar on top of the bracket groove. Adjust lid handle bar on the bracket lever until the gasket on the lid rests comfortably in direct contact with the underneath of the rim of the vessel of the pressure cooker.

 

  • Gently squeeze lid and vessel handles together. And fasten locking loop to catch on end of the main handle bracket.

 

  • If necessary, to ensure lid is properly seated press lid and adjust

 

HOW TO REMOVE LID FROM COOKER vessel

  • Gently squeeze lid and vessel handles together.

 

  • Unfasten locking loop from end of main handle bracket.

 

  • Tilt the lid down slightly into the mouth of the cooker and move the lid handle bar toward the right hand side.

 

 
  • As the lid handle bar approaches right angle position, gently tilt up the position of the lid away from the vessel handle and remove the lid out of the mouth of the pressure cooker.

 

USE VIRAT PRESSURE COOKER FOR THE FIRST TIME

NOTE:

Varying degree of black staining is observed when water, especially alkaline water, is boiled in aluminium vessels. Even treated water, which may contain some regenerating salts, causes black staining. This staining is neither deleterious to food nor injurious to health, staining caused in your pressure cooker can be removed. It is advisable to boil 1 litre of water containing 2 teaspoons of limejuice, tartaric acid, citric acid or vinegar for 30 minutes. It is advisable to use the above method periodically to keep the inside of your cooker clean.


DO S AND DON'TS

Please read the following instructions very carefully to ensure that pressure cooker is always kept in good working condition.


DO S


DON'TS

SAFETY FEATURES

This cooker has three safety features: 1) The weight valve: As soon as the pressure inside the cooker reaches the normal cooking pressure the weight valve releases steam with a loud and clear whistle. For the normal cooking of food, three or four whistles are adequate to complete the cooking. The weight valve is both a control and pressure device maintaining correct pressure at all times.

2) The metallic safety valve: If for any reason the weight valve fails to function, the metallic safety valve contains the special fusible alloy pellet that melts to let out steam. This could only happen when the temperature / pressure rises beyond a safe level due to the cooker having insufficient water or food particles blocking/clogging the vent tube.

3) The interlock system: The lid cannot even be forced open until the pressure inside falls to perfectly safe level. This is because the lid is designed to close from under the rim of the cooker vessel the steam pressure keeps the lid firmly locked.

CARE AND CLEANING FOR VIRAT PRESSURE COOKER

Yours this pressure cooker is far more than an ordinary kitchen utensil. If is scientifically designed and carefully engineered to give you many special advantages and serve you for a very long time. Give it in the proper care and regular attention it deserves, and you will ensure that it gives you trouble free service for many years.

Here are complete instructions on how to clean and care for VIRAT pressure cooker. Read and follow them carefully to keep your cooker working at its maximum efficiency always.

At the end of this section, you will find instructions on how to remedy some common problems that may arise through minor causes. If the problem arises because of denting or other damage, do not try to repair your pressure cooker at home but take it to an authorized service centre.

GENERAL TIPS

STORAGE OF COOKER.

To avoid food smells, the cooker vessel and the lid should always be stored separately. Place the cooker vessel (right side up) in a safe place, on an open shelf or on a table. Hang the lid from its loop against the wall, after first removing the vent weight.

LID ASSEMBLY

The lid assembly is a most important part of your pressure cooker. The lid is specially designed to fit the rim of the cooker vessel, so that during cooking the steam pressure holds the lid tightly against the rim of the cooker vessel. The various fixed and detachable parts on the lid are each designed for a special purpose. The entire assembly needs regular care and attention to ensure the maximum efficiency of your cooker.

NEVER LET THE LID DENTED.

TO ENSURE THIS:

LID

To keep it sparkling clean, wash immediately after use, with warm soapy water. Don t use ash, mud, or other abrasives. Wipe dry thoroughly. Never leave wet, as metal can get pitted.

If necessary, polish occasionally with any silver, chromium or non-abrasive polishes.

GASKET AND LID CURL

Don t remove gasket for cleaning every time the cooker is used. For daily cleaning, wash and dry the gasket on lid itself, without disturbing the seating of the gasket on the lid curl. In case food particles or grease are stuck inside the lid curl the gasket may be removed only if the lid is cold. If you remove the gasket from the hot lid, you may stretch it out of shape. The gasket may be removed from the lid curl only about once a week for thorough cleaning, as daily removal of the gasket may disturb its setting in the lid curl. Whether the gasket is removed from the lid curl or not, wash with warm soapy water, rinse with clean water and gently wipe dry.

SAFETY VALVE

Clean the safety valve thoroughly from inside the lid. Never allow a firm of grease food particles to remain on the safety valve, as this can affect the valve s functioning.

VENT TUBE

The entire tube (both inside and outside the lid) should always be kept clean. Clean out the food particles by passing a needle through the vent tube. After each time that you have cooked in your cooker, check if the vent tube is clean by holding lid unto light and making sure there is no particles of food inside the vent tube. If there are food particles, clean at once.

COOKER vessel

The cooker vessel of this pressure cooker is sturdily built of special metal and processed for EXTRA STRENGTH. A product for skilful designing and fine workmanship, it is far more than an ordinary utensil and deserves special care. Complete instructions are given for the care and storing of the cooker vessel and for cleaning both the outshine surface and the inside.

NEVER LET THE COOKER vessel GET DENTED

To ensure this:

OUTSIDE SURFACE OF COOKER vessel

To keep it clean, wash immediately after use, with warm soapy water, do not use ash, mud or other abrasives. Wipe dry thoroughly. Never leave wet, as metal can get pitted.

If necessary, polish occasionally with any silver, chromium or non- abrasive polishes.

INSIDE OF COOKER vessel.

Clean with warm soapy water and wipe dry occasionally polish with fine steel wool and cleaning powder, taking care not to rub too hard. After using your cooker for sometime, the inside of the cooker vessel may lose its shine and become darker. Varying degree of black staining is observed when water, especially alkaline water, is boiled an aluminium vessels. Even treated water that may contain some regenerating salts causes black staining. This staining is neither deleterious to food nor injurious to health. Staining caused in this pressure cooker can be removed. It is advisable to boil 1 litre of water containing 2 teaspoons of tartaric acid, fresh lemon juice, citric acid or vinegar for 30 minutes.

It is advisable to use the above method periodically to keep the inside of your cooker clean.

When not in use, leave cooker vessel open (right side up) on table or shelf. This will prevent food odours from clinging to it

IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS

COOKING TIME TABLE

FOOD ITEM PREPARATION COOKING TIME
Rice Wash Rice 3 Minutes
Tear Dal or Mong Dal Wash Dal 5-6 Minutes
Kabul channa / Rajma Soak overnight 5-6 Minutes
Dehydrated Peas Soak overnight 2-3 Minutes
Potatoes Whole/Medium sizes 3-4 Minutes
Onions Slice/Quarter 2-3 Minutes
Tomatoes Whole 1-2 Minutes
Carrots Slice/Dice 2 Minutes
Cauliflower Separate into flowers 2 Minutes
Cabbage Shredded 2 Minutes
Green peas/broad beans Shell pods 2 Minutes
French beans String & cut 2-3 Minutes
Spinach Wash 1 Minutes
Pumpkin Cut into small pieces 2 Minutes
Radish Slice cross wise 2-3 Minutes

The above cooking time commences only after the requisite pressure is reached. This time should be taken as a guide. The cooking time varies, depending upon the heat source it is being cooked on, and the quality and the quantity of the food being cooked. Please ensure that sufficient quantity of water is in the pressure cooker. Water should be hot before putting in the food items to be pressure-cooked.

Please note that the equivalent of 1 cup of water is 200 ml.

Please follow the instructions as given in this manual and this pressure cooker will serve you for years to come.

PROBLEM SHOOTING CHART

In case you have done something you shouldn t and your cooker does not work satisfactorily don t worry. You can remedy some minor complaints yourself at home or you can contact your nearest service center or dealer.

But Remember:

Never attempt major repairs at home- it s a sure way to cause further damage to your cooker.

PROBLEM PROBLEM CAUSES POSSIBLE CORRECTIVE MEASURES
Leakage of Steam Around lid
  1. Lid not adjusted and gasket not seated properly
  2. Dented rim of lid or dented rim of cooker vessel.
  3. C. Gasket is worn out or expanded.
  1. Take cooker off stove and place on firm flat surface. Protecting hands with cloth  (remember cooker is hot) hold cooker vessel and carefully adjust lid with thumbs, pressing down slightly.
  2. Open lid check the position of the gasket in the lid curl and seat properly if necessary.
  3. Don t try to repair at home take both lid and cooker vessel to your nearest authorized service centre.
  4. Replace with new gasket. Make sure you get a GENUINE GASKET.
Safety valve fused
  1. No water or too little water was poured into cooker vessel before cooking.
  2. Vent tube was clogged with particles.

 

Unscrew the fused safety valve and replace it with a new one. Make sure you get a GENUINE SAFETY VALVE.
Bulging of cooker bottom A. Too close contact with heat source or uneven heating.

B. Spurious safety valve function

 

Do not try to repair it at home. Take the cooker vessel to nearest AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTRE.