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The Dal Is On The Boil

Pulses are falling off the poor man’s plate. Price rise may hit the middle class next.

The Dal Is On The Boil
Sanjay Rawat
The Dal Is On The Boil
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-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Pulses—all-important as a source of protein—are set to be spoilers this year in the government’s endeavour to keep a check on food inflation. Already, over the last nine months, the prices of some pulses have jumped 64 per cent in major cities. This is because of below-normal monsoon last year, compounded by untimely rain and hailstorms in Jan-Feb this year.

India is not only the largest consumer of pulses, it is also their largest producer and importer. There’s no state that does not consume pulses as a staple, be it as sambar, chana, ma-ki-dal (made using urad) and good old regular dal. Across the country, many sweets and savouries too are made from dals. And pulses are seen as a source of protein by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, what with the prices of chicken going up as a result of large poultry casualties caused by the heat-wave in May, and the uncertain supply of beef putting pressure on meat prices. Already, the jump in the prices of pulses has put them out of the reach of most poor families. The middle class too may be forced to...

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