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If you remember to soak your beans the night before, I salute you. This recipe is for the rest of us. On their own these rice and beans are bland as all get out, but after cooking you can spruce them up by stirring in some olive oil and a few dashes of Tabasco, or some sesame oil and soy sauce, or some recaito, or whatever you like. I've used black beans instead of kidney beans, and once made this with azuki beans and brown glutinous rice, all with equal success. Using a small metal bowl covered with aluminum foil inside your pressure cooker is recommended to prevent the foam that is produced by the cooking rice and beans from blocking the vent tube, which could be very, very bad. If you're tempted to forgo this saftey precaution, I urge you to check your owner's manual for recommendations on cooking rice and beans. Me, I'm lazy, and like having the bowl with its foil cover ready for storing leftovers.
- Combine rice, beans and 3 cups of water in a metal bowl that will fit inside your pressure cooker, and cover the bowl with aluminum foil, crimping the edges tightly.
- Place the bowl inside the pressue cooker on a rack, and add 1 1/2 cups of additional water to the cooker outside the bowl.
- Put the pressure cooker lid on, close securely, and bring up to pressure.
- Cook for 40 minutes.
- Either allow the pressure to come down on its own, or releive the pressure using the quick-release method (see your pressure cooker's manual).
- Stir thorougly and season to taste.