Pulses - dried beans, split peas and lentils are a staple in India and provide protein for families who eat meat rarely or are vegetarian. (It has as much protein as a steak) They are versatile and combine beautifully with any meal. Can be had as a soup too. Though pulses can cause flatulence and cannot be stored for long once cooked this can be countered by using ginger/ asafoetida/ turmeric while cooking. (but we do not consume it after one day even if stored in the fridge - some others do but I have my own ways) They are a must atleast at one meal of the day.