Try some dals with rice and rotis

Indian veg recipes are replete with so many varieties of food that it is rather difficult to put them all in words here. Indian diet is balanced with carbohydrates from rice and roti and protein from dals. Vegetables add their contribution to the health aspect which is further enhanced with additions like raitas and chutneys. So when it comes to healthy eating for the new year, one can safely resolve to include more Indian veg recipes in the daily diet.

When it comes to dals, there is a mineful of them. While split green gram or moong dal will be easier to find in many northern homes, split pigeon peas or tuvar dal is the main thing in south Indian sambar that is perfectly matched with fluffy idlis and crispy dosas. Gujaratis love their khatti meethi dal (tuvar dal) whereas Bengalis use split Bengal gram or chana dal in many varied ways.
So whether you are enjoying kidney beans or rajma in Kashmir or in Punjab, or you are dunking wheat flour batis in a luscious thick dal in Jaipur, drizzled with loads of ghee in true Marwari style, you are truly enjoying the wealth of dals and their protein content in your diet. Even a simple meal like a hot dal with freshly made rotis is comfort food for many in the upper stratas and a basic survival meal for those who are in the lower strata.
Dals, like mentioned before, not only make good accompaniments in various regions, they also make the base for many snacks like vadas and bhajis. One step ahead is the dessert range that can be created with dals. Moong dal ka halwa, when made with leisurely roasting of dal paste in lots of ghee, is delicious. Top it with nuts for a difference in texture. Or then have some puran polis: Gujaratis use tuvar dal as stuffing, and Maharashtrians use chana dal. Both versions are traditional and require a skilled hand!
Indian veg recipes and their full description will require more pages. In the mean time, do enjoy these offerings made with different dals using different techniques: Baked Moong Sprout WadasCabbage Chana DalWhite Dhokla.

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