Lentils, known as Dal are a staple in an Indian diet, especially vegetarian. For me, dal is comfort food. 5 different dal varieties - Toor, Moong, Chana, Masoor and Urad are commonly used in Indian sweet and savory delicacies.
You can cook dal with just one kind or a mix of two or more. I generally cook dal with 1:1 Toor and Moong dals. But then, we like Panchmel or Panchratna Dal too, which is made of all five.
Whole Red Lentils or Masoor are black with the skin on, while the lentils are orange in color. Masoor Dal or Red Lentils when cooked, turn yellow in color.
Another lentil known to me is Kulith. Also known as Horse Gram or Hulga in Hindi. Like any other dal, I cook Kulith in a pressure cooker too. Kulith Sambar, Kulith Idli, Kulith Sprouts Usal are some of the recipes known to me. Soon, I'll update my blog with these recipes. For now, take a look at this nutritious vegan source of protein.