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moong dal in a white bowl garnished with raw red onion and cilantro with a side of rice and naan

Moong Dal

Moong dal (also known as mung dhal or mag ni dal), the mung bean split into half, is a staple across the Indian subcontinent and other parts of Asia. In fact there is evidence of the lentil being widely cultivated in India over 3,000 years ago. Now, that’s one… Read More

Khichdi recipe by Indiaphile.info

Rice and Lentils with Yogurt Drink (Kichdi Chaas)

Kichidi and chaas is my all-time favorite comfort food. My mom used to make kichidi for me whenever I felt a little under the weather. The combination of steaming hot rice and lentils with a cold glass of chaas always made me feel better. Chaas is a simple combination of yogurt, salt, water and cumin. It's sort of the Gujarati version of salty lassi and holds a special place in my heart. It pairs perfectly with kichidi, another staple in a Gujarati household. Read More

Assortment of Dal, Beans, Pulses and Lentils by Indiaphile.info

A Guide to Indian Dal, Lentils, Beans, and Pulses

So many different Indian foods are made with lentils. From kichidi (simple rice and lentils) to soups, flat breads and even some Maggie noodles (think Ramen noodles) are made from lentils. Beans and lentils are a primary source of protein for many vegetarians, and India is full of vegetarians. When I was a kid, I didn't like lentils very much. I especially hated cooked mung beans. For some weird reason, I loved snacking on sprouted mung beans but wouldn't touch them the second they were cooked. My mom used to try to get me to eat mung dal (soup) by calling it "French soup" and trying to convince me I would like it because I liked Western food. As an adult, lentils are more of a comfort food for me and I even like mung dal now. Read More