Lesson 2. Your staple lentils

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify and where to buy the five lentils I use the most. These are my daily sources of protein. (From Lesson Y in the eBooklet.)

Much of this course has the South Indian cuisine as its foundation. First you'll need to become acquainted with the five lentils I use the most. You should buy them so you can dabble with some of the recipes. These lentils are part of the Quick Start meals that can help you go vegan overnight. They don't require soaking and they cook very fast. Because these lentils are staple ingredients in different parts of the world, they often have different names. So in order for there to be no confusion, I'll put some link here where eyou can buy these lentils. But feel free to patronize your own local international/ Indian/ Pakistani stores. One common source of confusion (at least that was true for me) are the words dal (also spelled dahl) and gram. They are other names for lentil. Anyway, once you are acquainted with these lentils you'll be set to go.  

1. Black gram aka urad dal, urid dal, mapte, matpe. Buy the split hulled ones (no skin).
2. Mung beans aka mung dal, moong dal. Buy the split hulled ones (no skin).
3. Red lentils split aka masoor dal.Buy the red-colored, hulled ones (no skin).
4. Channa dal aka split bengal gram. Buy the split hulled ones (no skin).
5. Toor dal aka pigeon peas. Buy the split hulled ones (no skin). This is not a quick start lentil. But you'll need it for slightly more advanced recipes.

Here are some short tutorials on how to identify these staples.

YouTube Video





Black gram aka urad dal, urid dal, mapte, matpe. 
Buy the split hulled ones (no skin).

Webstore links:
Black gram 
https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/beans/urad-dal.html?gclid=CPvh_9fBssUCFYUTHwodsngAug





YouTube Video



Mung beans aka mung dal, moong dal. 
Buy the split hulled ones (no skin).

Webstore link:
https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/beans/mung/moong-dal.html









YouTube Video





Red lentils split.
Webstore link:
http://www.amazon.com/Spicy-World-Masoor-Indian-Lentils/dp/B000K89490/ref=sr_1_3?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1431101138&sr=1-3&keywords=red+lentils





Demoes coming soon for:

Channa dal
Webstore link:
https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/beans/garbanzo/chana-dal.html

Toor dal aka pigeon peas
Webstore link:
https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/beans/toor-dal.html

This lesson is done.

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