No matter how much you love to indulge in greasy and fried foods to satiate your cravings, you would still need healthier options to fulfil the nutritional needs of the body. Samosa may satiate your soul but it might not fulfil the protein requirement of the body. Protein, being essential for building and retaining muscle mass, is one of the most important nutrients that must be included in your daily diet. You might think a high-protein diet will be dull and boring but once you know the options and versatility of protein sources, you can experiment with as many delicious yet healthy dishes as you want.
While animal-based protein is known to be one of the best sources of protein, plant-based proteins too are excellent vegetarian alternatives. On the list of plant-based protein, dal or lentils top the list. Indian meal and dals go back a long way. One would easily find a bowl of dal in at least one meal of the day. And, why not? Light, comfortable and easy to cook, dal is something you can go back to when you've indulged too much, or when you are tired to cook an extravagant meal or simply when you aren't feeling well. It is a one-stop dish for a wholesome, healthy and easy meal. Moong dal is undeniably one of the most common dals that one can easily find in the kitchen pantry, at all times. It is not just used to make a bowl of humble dal but also a number of dishes that traverse across different cuisines and food categories. Think of moong dal halwa, pakode, soups and khichdi! And, if you're wondering what else can you cook from this wonder pulse, we've got you covered.
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Here are 3 moong dal recipes you can try at home to include protein in your daily diet:
Let go of the usual aloo-stuffed samosa and try this new recipe with the goodness of soaked moong dal mixed with a myriad of spices packed in. Quick and easy, this samosa recipe can be a perfect evening snack with your cup of tea. Find the recipe here.
Move over aloo samosa, moong dal samosa is here to steal the limelight.
Soaked and ground moong dal is mixed well with ginger-garlic, onions and spices, shaped into round dumplings and deep fried. They are then doused in tomato-onion gravy for a mouth-watering curry that you can relish with your choice of Indian bread. Find the recipe here.
Perfect for your next breakfast, moonglet is a quick and easy recipe made with soaked and ground moong dal batter, pan-fried with onions, tomatoes, chillies, capsicum and fresh coriander on top until crisp and cooked. Find the recipe here.
Moonglet is a tantalising mix of spices pan-fried and served hot.
Get your daily dose of protein by trying these recipes at home and let us know how you liked them in the comments section below.