Pulses are an excellent source of protiens.Also; they are too good for diabetics’ patients. Pulses form a part of daily diet mainly in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.Well, we don’t cook dal daily. That would be boring and annoying. It’s funny when I shout and say “I am goanna cook dal ALONE for dinner tonight”, to hear my husband replying politely,”Ok dear, but wouldn’t it be nice if we had a ‘small’ piece of chicken or fish fry alongside” 🙂 I love him saying so. Basically I myself don’t like vegetarian stuff alone, as our taste buds are tuned to have all those yummy chicken and fish dishes. But having them daily is not a good choice:-(
Just have a quick read about the ingredients we are goanna use in the dish.
Cumin seed is a native from east Mediterranean to East India. The spice is native to Arabic-speaking Syria where cumin thrives in its hot and arid lands. Cumin seeds, whose scientific name is Cuminum cyminum, are a very good source of iron and a good source of manganese. .Cumin seeds may also have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Cumin was mentioned in the Bible not only as a seasoning for soup and bread, but also as a currency used to pay tithes to the priests. In ancient Egypt, cumin was not only used as a culinary spice, it was also an ingredient used to mummify pharaohs.
Garlic is an excellent source of manganese. . It is also a very good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. In addition, garlic is a good source of protein and thiamin (vitamin B1) as well as the minerals phosphorus, selenium, calcium, potassium, iron and copper.
Garlic has been regarded as a force for both good and evil. A Christian myth considers that after Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic arose in his left footprint, and onion in the right. In Europe, many cultures have used garlic for protection or white magic, perhaps owing to its reputation as a potent preventative medicine. Central European folk beliefs considered garlic a powerful ward against demons, werewolves, and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic could be worn, hung in windows or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes.
Read about health benefits of Garlic
Sorry for the above rants. I thought it would be good to mention “what is that you are eating”…
Cook dal(2 cup) in a pressure cooker, adding a pinch of turmeric powder ,diced tomato( 1 nos),slit green chilies(3-4 nos),cut onions( 1 small) and salt. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds(1 tspn),add cumin seed(1 tspn),garlic( 2 nos cut into fine pieces),dried red chilly(2 nos),and curry leaves(1 stalk).Pour hot over cooked dal .Adjust salt to taste and serve hot. The aroma and sweetness of cumin seeds makes this ‘silly ‘ dish an interesting one:-)
An interesting Dal (Moong Urad Toor Masoor Chana Mattar) Nutrition Calculator