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The parched Indian fields may not have been able to provide us affordable pulses this year. But that is no reason to despair. Farmers across the world are rushing to plant a record number of acres to feed our love for the daily dal-chawal. India has become for the global pulses market what China is for metals. In short, it is calling the shots.
Tur dal has become a status symbol - again. And that is hardly surprising. Pulses - tur, chana, lentils, moong, urad - are highly susceptible to hot weather, pests and disease. Unless we take dramatic steps to protect them from the effects of climate change and other dangers, the primary source of proteins for vegetarians in India are going to remain off the table.