Also known as Bengal Gram. This is the most popular legume in India. Chana dal has a very low glycemic index.
Chole also known as Chana Masala is a chickpea dish cooked in a spicy tomato gravy.
Dahi Vadas are lentil dumplings topped with a spicy savory yogurt and tamarind chutney. These are great as a side dish for a formal dinner or served as a chaat. Dahi vadad are made using wash urad dal or moong dal or with a combination of both dals using different proportions of dal.
Dal Makhani is a popular north Indian dish; it is rich and hearty. Dal Makhani is a combination of whole urad and red kidney beans. It goes great with Naan or Tandoori Roti.
Green beans and peas is healthy side dish with mild spices, which nicely compliments kadhi or any dal.
Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans are a good source of protein, manganese, dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, and iron. Eating chickpea can lower “bad” cholesterol, give you energy, stabilize blood sugar, and provide antioxidant effects. Chickpea seeds are also eaten fresh as green vegetables.
Lohbia are black-eyed beans and also called black-eyed peas. They have a smooth texture. Like most beans, black-eyed beans are rich in fiber and as a high-potassium, low-sodium food they help reduce blood pressure.
Lentils are dark brown to greenish brown in color, and a good source of iron and protein. Lentils also contain dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and minerals.
Moong dal is rich in protein and used in a variety of traditional vegetable dishes. They have a nutty flavor and are easy to cook. Moong is relatively easy to digest.
Naan is Indian flat bread, traditionally cooked in a clay oven or “tandoor.” This recipe uses a regular home oven. Serve Naan with Daal, Chola, Palak Paneer or any vegetable dish.
Punjabi cholas are best compliment with baturas. The combination is known as chola batura. This is a mouth-watering dish.
Kidney beans are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most beans. Kidney beans also slow the rise in blood sugar after a meal, help memory, provide antioxidant effects, give you energy, and provide fat-free high quality protein.
Rajma chawal (kidney beans with rice) is a great combination. This is a complete meal in it self.
There are many varieties of rice and everyone has their favorite. My favorite is Basmati rice; I like the aroma and texture of Basmati rice. Rice can be very plain or very colorful. Rice is easy to cook and can be served as a side dish or a main dish. Plain rice is served with lentils, dal, or a gravy-based dish.
Indian recipes uses several different dals (lentils) witch are more native to India. Toor dal, also known as Arhar, is a popular dish in almost every household.
Toor dal has a mild, nutty flavor and is cooked as a routine Indian dish and served with bread & rice. Toor dal is highly nutritious, high in protein, and contains vitamin A and vitamin C.
Urad dal has black skin, while the inside is creamy white. This white lentil is rich in protein and the iron content is good for improving hemoglobin count. Urad dal is great for vegan and low fat diets.