There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
We love it when the slow cooker goes global. Here it offers up a take on an Indian classic, with tender bites of pork bathed in a fragrant sauce that’s highly spiced with garam masala (a spice blend available in most supermarkets), mustard seeds, cumin, and red pepper. Do make sure you've bought your dried spices recently; past a year, their flavor becomes too muted to deliver the punch you want. To stick with the Indian vibe, we serve over basmati rice. A side of toasted whole-wheat naan flatbread wouldn’t hurt, either.