By: Chef Laura Bonicelli
Slow Cooker Cauliflower Dal is a thick and creamy Indian stew that combines lentils and split peas with nutty grains and spices to deliver a healthy, hearty, satisfying, and nutritious meal.
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about Slow Cooker Cauliflower Dal
I love my slow cooker. There is great comfort in putting everything in one pot and leaving it to cook unattended while you go on about your day. Although, I learned early on that some recipes don’t adapt well to slow cooking. Even if a stew recipe may say you can put the potatoes in right away, they dissolve after seven hours. Since I believe the biggest benefit of using a slow cooker is to “set it and forget it,” I was curious to see how all of these Slow Cooker Cauliflower Dal ingredients would fare together. The result is excellent, perfectly cooked – everything!
putting Slow Cooker Cauliflower Dal together
Typically Dal is made with lentils. I started with them in the Slow Cooker Cauliflower Dal recipe but added split peas, steel-cut oats, and barley. I wanted to add heartiness and chewiness. And it’s in keeping with my quest to include more legumes and whole grains in our diet. I added an apple for sweetness, the parsnip for earthiness, and an Anaheim pepper and ginger root for a little peppery heat.
The spices I’m using are typical of Dal, cumin, coriander, and turmeric. I finish it off with some mustard and caraway seeds. Due to the spices, even the cauliflower in the Slow Cooker Cauliflower Dal has the same beautiful uniform color. I love to serve the dish garnished with a dollop of Greek Yogurt and cilantro leaves.
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