Indian Cuisine - Lentils Are Served In The Health Conscious Fast Food Joints
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Recently in an interview to one of leading newspapers of India, Krishnendu Ray, chairperson of the department of nutrition and food studies at NYU, said that the rankings of popular cuisines are linked to “culinary prestige”. He also said India is fast gaining international recognition as a country of great chefs, nutritious and delicious cuisines and diverse ingredients. For the first time in history of India, chef ImtiazQuereshi, an expert on dumpukht cuisine was conferred with Padma Shri in the year 2016. This is a clear signal that government of India has finally recognized the importance of showcasing Indian cuisine and culinary skills.

Statistics reports that 35% of the Indians are strict vegetarians while 30% of the people are non-vegetarians who feast on meat, poultry and seafood on regular basis. Talking about the Indian cuisine, it varies from region to region. However, a few things that are common in the cuisine of every region is rice, wheat and the variety of lentils.

Indians consume a dish made with lentils at least once a day either with piping hot steamed rice or with chapattis. The base of any lentil dish would finely chopped onions, ginger and garlic paste/juliennes and tomatoes (finely chopped or pureed) along with various spices.

Lentils are served not only in mainstream restaurants along with Indian breads and wholesome thali lunches but these days you will see it in the menu card of many reputed grab and go fast food joints too.

One drive-in fast food joint, Beyond 360 degree, in #Pune where you can select from a few but highly nutritious and tasty lentil dishes. Here the dishes are not only designed but the process of cooking is overlooked by an internationally reputed Indian Chef Anand. The four dishes under the take-away menu lentil-house include dal makhni, dal khurchan, dal gilafi and dal tadka.

  1. Dal Khurchan is toor dal cooked with tomato puree. Its tempered with bell peppers, chopped garlic, finely minced green chillies and cumin seeds.
  2. Dal Makhni is a dish made using black lentils that is cooked slowly on clay oven with finely sliced tomatoes and cooking butter. Its tempered with cumin seeds and combinations of various spices that is roasted and powdered to make garam masala.
  3. Dal Gilafi is a toor dal based dish brunoised with vegetables and tempered with green chillies, garlic and cumin seeds.
  4. Dal Tadka is a well-cooked toor dal tempered with whole Kashmiri chillies, chopped garlic and cumin seeds.

Lentils have nutty and earthy flavor, high in fiber, and nutritional value. It’s easy to cook and are hassle-free complement to any meal. Lentils are wonderful source of protein. It has the ability to stabilize blood sugar therefore can be consumed even by those with diabetes. Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, both these minerals aid in healthy heart.

Keeping in mind the health of its patrons, Beyond 360 degree, uses best of lentil varieties and qualities to create its dishes.


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