For people turning vegetarian, getting an adequate amount of protein is a concern. Lentils are a powerhouse of protein besides containing a substantial amount of minerals and vitamins. India has a strong tradition of lentils in its cuisine, and lentils are a staple in the Indian diet. Lentils are to Indians what meat is to the Western diet. Indians call lentils “dal,” and no Indian home-cooked meal is complete without a bowl of dal. Contained in this book are simple, everyday lentil recipes that are a part of Indian home-cooked food.