Make a 5 mm cut on the bottom of each chestnut.
Put the chestnuts in the pressure cooker and add enough water to cover.
Bring the pressure over high heat. When the pressure comes up and you can hear steam escaping, turn the heat to low and pressure cook for 1 minute.
Wait until the pressure drops naturally. If you're in a hurry, pour cold water on the pressure cooker. The pot and chestnuts will both be hot, so be careful!
Soak the chestnuts in a bowl of cold water. Use your hands or a spoon to peel the outer shell and inner skin.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to make the bothersome job of peeling chestnuts easier. I experimented with the pressure cooker until I settled on this recipe. The pressure cooked chestnuts will still be on the firm side, good for making chestnut rice.
Pressure cooking the chestnuts for 2 minutes softened them too much that some crumbled when I tried to peel them, so about a minute is good!