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Pulses are part of the legume family, any plants which grow in pods basically, but the term pulse refers only to the dried edible seeds within the pods. Pulses include all beans, peas, and lentils such as baked beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc. Pulses are very popular in developing countries but are increasingly becoming recognized as an excellent part of a healthy diet throughout the world. Pulses have a rich and colorful history of nourishing cultures all over the world!
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Indian cuisine has widely adapted and incorporated pulses, lentils, etc as an active variety of ingredients when it comes to our home cooking styles, most of us are fond of rajma Chawal, chauli masala, vatana ka usal, and the list goes on for the favorites with the pulses! Looking at a broader perspective of pulses too we have seen that various countries have also included a few of them in their soups, salads, stir fry recipes, curries, stews, dips, and even for baked dishes.
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Pulses are also an important part of human diet due to their robust nutritional profile, pleasant flavor, comparatively reasonable costs, and cooking versatility. They rate up pretty well on the gain scale. Foods based on pulses are prepared with a wide range of recipes and with a host of different methods of pre-preparation and cooking starting from sprouting, grinding, boiling, steaming, mashing, roasting, saute and stir-frying, and also milling to make it into flour forms.
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One of the challenge we usually face at times with pulses is the length of time taken with a few of them with which we need to adjust with and manage time accordingly. One of the other aspect attached to pulses is that it has also been widely used in the food processing industry and also canning versions where we export pulses that are pre-cooked and ready to use available at the store shelves across the globe.
Health Benefits of Pulses:
- Pulses are a rich source of proteins, high in fiber and have a low glycemic index.
- Pulses help in weight loss and are also heart-healthy foods provided they are made and consumed correctly.
- Pulses are also energy-boosting foods and are good to be added in various forms to our day-to-day diets.
- Pulses help in optimal brain functioning and are also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals.
- Pulses aid in digestion and also boosts our metabolism.
- Pulses help to control diabetes and also lower blood pressure.
- Pulses are a helpful sources of zinc as well for our body, and also help lower cholesterol.
Here are a few Simple- Healthy and Nutri-Rich Recipes with Pulses to add to our Menus and Meals!
Recipe-1] MASALA BAKED BEANS WITH CHICKEN & POTATOES
Recipe-2] BLACK EYED PEA SALAD WITH GARDEN VEGGIES
Recipe-3] CHICKPEA TIC – TAC – TOE
Recipe-4] BEAN TO BENEFIT SALAD
Recipe-5] ONE POT BEAN MEAL
Recipe-6] PULSE IT UP TOSS BOWL
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.