Pulses are seeds from pods of plants belonging to the leguminous family. Even before we talk about the health and nutrition aspect of pulses, we must talk about the environmental benefits of growing pulses. There are hundreds of varieties of pulses grown in more than 170 countries around the world. Pulses are ideal for the need of the hour – Sustainable agriculture- because they use very little water and greatly improve soil health. Not only this but growing pulses is also known to reduce greenhouse gases.
Some of the big advantages of pulses are that they are versatile and easy to cook with, and they are also very nutritious and healthy. One of the important reasons you must include pulses in your diet is because they are a very healthy source of protein and also contain high amounts of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The soluble fibre found in pulses is a great way to manage body weight, manage blood sugar and also lower cholesterol. Pulses are widely used in vegetarian diets and in the Mediterranean diet too.
Pulses are a must-have in vegetarian and vegan diets. They are versatile and can be used as flour to make a variety of rotis (flatbread) or used whole in soul-satisfying dishes like “kichdi” or “hummus”, they add substance, taste, flavour and aroma to any dish. Pulses have a wide variety of tastes and flavours ranging from nutty to grainy, and mild to strong. These also lend themselves to both traditional recipes and modern fusion dishes. Go ahead, use pulses to your best advantage and enjoy the taste and health benefits!