Dal is often translated as “lentils” but actually refers to a split version of a number of lentils, peas, chickpeas (chana), kidney beans and so on. If a pulse is split into half, it is a dal. For example, split mung beans are mung dal. A stew or soup made with any kind of pulses, whole or split, is known as dal. Toor Dal or huskless split pigeon peas are perennial legumes. It is in fact a common food grain used widely in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They are cultivated in tropical and semitropical regions of the world as sole or as intermixed crop with cereals.