Necessity is the mother of invention. That is why I am posting a slow cooker technique for making dal (Indian-style lentils), something I normally cook in a stovetop pressure cooker, for you today. The whole story behind why I wound up making slow cooker dal is a little ridiculous and frankly will have an effect on what I post on this blog for the foreseeable future (possibly months). I don’t have gas in my building right now because of some repairs that need to be made, and so… my stove is out of commission except for when I stack dishes on top of it.
Quite a quandary for someone with a food blog to be in. And of course, this actually happened the weekend I was having my cousin and his wife over for lunch (the same day I made the kachumber recipe I posted last month). And I had a ton of food in the fridge and had full intentions to cook dal, which wouldn’t spoil in my cabinets like the refrigerated food would, but it was supposed to be part of a big meal.
Luckily for me, I had friends across the street that let me use their kitchen for everything that required gas. (It was an interesting adventure and I’m sure I’ll be laughing about it all someday). The meal was saved. But I also didn’t want to carry every single thing I needed to make across the street, so I busted out my slow cooker, which was the only other electric cooking tool I had on hand at the time. (I have since added an Instant Pot to my kitchen — there will be recipes for that coming soon, perhaps months of recipes)….