Pigeon Peas or Toor dal has a rich history in Ayurvedic cooking, with its use dating back more than 3,000 years. A popular legume, Toor dal is also commonly called pigeon pea, and it is now widely used in culinary traditions throughout Asia, Africa, and South America. Toor dal has a deliciously nutty flavor that is sweet, slightly astringent, and pairs beautifully with basmati rice for a simple, well-rounded meal. Experiment with this yellow split pea in kitchari variations, as the base of a soup, or mixed into a rice pilaf. The warming qualities of toor dal make it most ideal for balancing vata and kapha,
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