Indian dhals and pulses are an important part of the cuisine and culture of the country. They are rich sources of protein, fibre, iron and other nutrients that contribute to a balanced and healthy diet. Dhals are cooked lentils or beans that are often seasoned with spices, herbs and aromatics. Pulses are the dried seeds of legumes that can be used whole or split. They can be prepared in various ways, such as soups, curries, salads, snacks and desserts.