India and the International Year Of Pulses!

Hey hey hey,

Did you know that 2016 is the International Year Of Pulses?

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Yes,  you heard that right,  Pulses!
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations declared 2016 to be the International Year Of Pulses by passing the resolution (A/RES /68/231).

They have also released a video on YouTube titled “A Journey Around The World with Pulses”,  you can check it out here.

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As I watched the video and learnt about many wonderful properties of pulses,  I realised that the typical Indian diet also consists of numerous dishes whose key ingredients are pulses.

Some dishes are (click on the link to get the recipe!)

1. Channa Batura/Chole(pronounced Cho-lay) Batura :
Channa Batura is one of the most popular Indian dishes.  It comprises of a “Channa (chickpeas) bhaji or gravy,  complemented by the famous big fat batura at your favourite restaurant or good old mom made pooris!

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2. Rajma Chawal:
A typical Punjabi dish, it is made using Kidney Beans or Rajma.
A Rajma gravy is made,  used to each with steamed rice. . .
Yum Yum yum!

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3. Rasam:
A well known South Indian dish, rasam is made using tamarind paste and lentils. This light and yummy soup-like dish is eaten along with,  what else? Rice!

4. Sambar:
Another quintessential South Indian dish,  Sambar is made using lentils and many many vegetables.
There are different types of Sambar,  each classified on the basis of the various vegetables used.
Also soup-like, Sambar is eaten with rice too!

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5. Lentil:
Oh yes, just lentil is a dish too! This is for people like me who are culinarily handicapped! Also called dal, this easy to make dish is sure to fill your stomach and can be eaten with rice or roti!

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Pulses are used so extensively in India that it is not just main course dishes that use pulses, but a fair share of Indian Sweets and Desserts too use pulses!

Some lip smacking Indian Sweets made using pulses are:

1. Moong Dal Halwa :
One of my favourite desserts,  the key ingredient of Moong Dal Halwa is,  well,  Moong Dal or green gram dal.
Be sure to try to make this at home or at any Indian restaurant,  because it is one dessert no one should miss out on!

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2. Obbattu/Holige(pronounced HO Li Gay) / Puran Poli :
Known by different names,  this South Indian sweet is a fraternal twin of the roti. It looks like roti, but Surprise Surprise,  when  you bite into it,  you see that it is filled with a sweet lentil stuffing.  . .  Another sweet you do not want to miss!!

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As I write this, I realise that this list seems to be never-ending, so I’ll stop here,  but do comment and let me know what your thoughts are on Indian food and if you think I might have missed out some important food item.

Until then,
Au revoir mes amis, or should I say,
Alvida 💁👋

PS :
*If you are interested,  you can check out other International Year Of. .  .  here.

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