By 2016, the United Nations (UN) will be celebrating the International Year of Pulses*. This is UN's way of highlighting the importance of leguminous crops in human nutritional consumption. The UN wants to increase the awareness to these dry seeds because it can cut nutritional deficiencies in many countries without relying too much on those traditional sources of protein. Pulses include lentils, navy beans, kidney, pinto beans and dry peas.
Dal also refer to the thick stew which is a common dish in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Antilles and Lucayan archipelago.