On our way to Santa Cruz, we stopped by this small store. It was very interesting because I hadn’t seen any store sell unpackaged pulses in the US, like they do in traditional grocery stores in India. By traditional I mean, the stores that have continued to sell cereals and pulses unpackaged, so that customers can pick and choose the variety they want and a quantity they prefer. Most supermarkets and retail stores have started selling packed grains. If there is such a store near you, it will be fun for you to try small quantities of different beans. If not, there is always the supermarket for you to experiment with a new bean every time you shop.
Pulses are an important source of proteins for vegetarians and more so for vegans. Besides proteins, they provide a good amount of fiber, potassium & B-complex vitamins. I think I love cooking dried peas in particular, both white and green. They taste great even with minimal spices. My mom makes ragda, a dried peas curry/soup in many different ways. This is one of the simplest ways to make this dish. You can serve this as a creamy soup with toasted & lightly buttered whole wheat bread and a side salad, or serve it with whole wheat chapatis or rice with a side salad. Hope you can try this recipe and let me know if you like it!
Per serving : 153 cals | 8 g proteins | 8 g fiber | 5 g total fat