This post is for those who want to cook lentils, but don't have a pressure cooker, or destroyed one because of excess/less water (yes, I did last month :-/).
Guess what? Cooking lentils when you don't have a pressure cooker is LESS complicated. How?
a) You don't have to worry about too much or too little water destroying the pressure cooker
b) You don't have to worry about the whistle flying off or spoiling the safety valve
c) You don't have to worry about keeping track of the number of whistles
But the major disadvantage? What you get done in 15 minutes in a pressure cooker takes 40 minutes in a pot/pan. Wasting gas energy/electricity. For those whose meals consist of dal every day, it's smarter to cook dal fast in a pressure cooker. You can click here to learn basics of cooking dal in a pressure cooker.
And for cooking dal in a pan, without pressure cooker...
1) rinse dal (1 cup toor dal/arhar dal in this case) as usual and soak in water minimum for an hour or two.
2) heat double the amount of water in a pot/pan and let dal boil in the water on medium heat. On medium/high heat if you cover the lid, foam from dal will rise and come out of the pot and make a mess, so avoid covering it unless you want to cook it on low heat. Let the dal boil/cook in water for about 30 minutes and remove the foam from top.
3) test a small amount, mash between fingers to check if it is soft. If not, boil a little longer. At this point, you can use it for cooking right away, or let cool and store in refrigerator for 3 days, or freeze in small amounts and store for months, like so:
|freeze pressure cooked or boiled dal in small quantities|
|stir fry vegetables in pan to make mixed vegetable dal without a pressure cooker|
And then mix the boiled (or pressure cooked) dal with the vegetables.
And enjoy a different kind of dal every day. Without worrying about the pressure cooker for the moment.
|Lentils Cooked without a Pressure Cooker: Pyaaz aur Palak ki Dal | Lentils with Onion and Spinach|
|Split Pigeon Peas cooked without pressure cooker: Lentils with Tomatoes | Tamatar ki Dal|
|Yellow Lentils cooked without a Pressure Cooker: Lentils with Tomato and Spinach | Tamatar Palak ki Daal|
But to save your time, money, energy, and gas/electricity - buy a pressure cooker. ASAP.
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