"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Cookware
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-31-2016, 03:40 PM   #1
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Hȝelshām, Sūseaxna Rīce
Posts: 118
Best vessel for steaming

I am trying to perfect the method of a Persian tahdig, steamed rice with a crispy base. I used to make it in a teflon saucepan, but then I reasoned that having effectively dry teflon on the heat for a long time is not good.

So I moved over to a type of ceramic saucepan, but it seems that the oil used in making the base formed a sticky layer over the base of the pot (which I cannot get rid of, no matter how much I try :( )

Now I've gone back to stainless steel: I burnt it the first time (cooked faaar too long). The next time I used more oil. Then the crust was too oily. However, I have noticed that the bottom of the pot does not stick as much now, which leads me to....

...can I season stainless steel? I feel like I've inadvertently done so.

I also have another teflon saucepan with a heavier base. Having this on the heat for a while may be better, but do I run the risk of ruining the coating again?

__________________

__________________
Suthseaxa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2016, 04:32 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,923
It sounds a lot like paella. If you can get an enameled steel paella pan, like this, I would use that.

http://www.paellapans.com/Enameled-Steel-s/33.htm

Olive oil in the pan, then seasoning, rice, and liquid. Cover and put in the oven to steam. The indirect heat of the oven will help prevent scorching the rice on the bottom.
__________________

__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
Sous Chef
 
Silversage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Florida
Posts: 863
Fine Cooking magazine just did an article on tahdig a couple months ago. They recommended a heavy dutch oven, and didn't specify non-stick. Non-stick would probably reduce browning, which is counter-prodictive to the recipe.

Here's the article:
Persian Saffron Rice
__________________
In our house, dog hair is a condiment!
OMG! I decided to blog!
Silversage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2016, 04:51 PM   #4
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Hȝelshām, Sūseaxna Rīce
Posts: 118
I have recently had a reply from an owner of a Persian cooking site who told me this:

"Making a successful tahdig in a stainless steel pot is very tricky. Although not impossible. However, I wouldn't recommend it. Not only is it hard to turn out a good tahdig, but can damage your pot, as well.

I like to use a well seasoned cast iron pan, or a non-stick pot. I also make rice and tahdig in my cast enamel Dutch oven style pots, like Le Creuset. But, cast enamel can be temperamental when it comes to tahdig, too.

A couple of tips: 1- Grease the bottom well (sounds like you're already doing this). Use a combination of butter and oil. 2- Use a heat diffuser. 3- When ready to serve fill your sink with a small amount of cold water, or wet a kitchen towel, place pot in sink (or on wet towel) for about a minute. This should help with the release of the tahdig. "

Many of those on youtube also use non-stick pots. I'm just afraid of making my non-stick...stick!
__________________
Suthseaxa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.