Beans In My Pantry II (too)

Inspired by IndoSunGod’s lovely photo of beans in her pantry, I have to share my “eleven dals” pic. I took it last summer for some reason I can’t explain. Perhaps I was just waiting for ISG! πŸ˜‰

I never tire of looking at the colorful collection of dried beans/dals in stores, and inevitably many find their way into my shopping bag. Which are in your pantry?

elevenΒ dals
colorful dals in late-summer sunlight



  1. Coffee said

    WOAH!!!!!!! Thats a neat spread!!!!!! All standing nicely in a line ready to march πŸ˜‰

    haha, Coffee!! Thanks alot — I liked the colors in the sunlight that day, I guess. Marching off to the stove, yes… πŸ™‚

  2. Nupur said

    Your bean collection looks so pretty in those lovely jars! Mine are stored in recycled yogurt containers πŸ™‚ Not nearly as pretty. I had taken this picture of them a while ago, on this post…

    Thank you, Nupur! I store alot of things in plastic as well — bought the mason jars over the summer when they were cheap and the big plastic tubs hold the overflow πŸ™‚ I saw your post way back when I was a brand-new blogger, as you can see here. So you see I’ve been learning from you for awhile πŸ˜‰

  3. Dilip said

    Great….being a daal freak…i loved the pic…~grin~…thanks dear friend

    Yes dear Dilip — I know you are crazy for daals! So when you have a moment, let us see a pic of yours too :):)

  4. swapna said

    nice collection of dals..i like the bottles..:-)

    Thanks Swapna — I got those mason jars over the summer when everyone else was making preserves πŸ™‚

  5. pelicano said

    your beans/dhals are quite lovely in mason jars! i love the earthy, muted tones of them… ask of your readers how many we have? i’m going to count my collection….32!! i admit, i’m a legume-lover..:-)

    Oh my Pelicano, 32!! You must have some interesting things in your collection. Please do share a photo when you get the camera going. I love looking at legumes πŸ™‚

  6. asha said

    Hi Linda,at last I could get in!:)

    11 beans!! Hey!! You are 5 short of 16 bean!! ;D

    I never counted my bean collection,I probably have about the same too,I love beans as well.

    Aw, Asha, I didn’t really need a count… more interested to know what “y’all” have πŸ˜‰ When I go to the store I want to buy a bag of each, even if I don’t know what to do with them! I did get another bag of 16 bean this weekend… gotta try with your yummy masala!! πŸ™‚

  7. indosungod said

    Linda that is one eye catching display of dals. I just took a pretty picture of them, mine are not displayed as beautifully as yours. Lovely.

    Hi ISG, glad you liked it. In reality now these are all over the kitchen, not set out so neatly! When I saw your photo it reminded me of this old one. I wish I had one clear spot or shelf I could dedicate to them, just to look at the variety πŸ™‚

  8. Vaishali said

    I hate it when I blog-hop after a gap of more than 10 days. There is so much to read! So is the case with your blog. I have just managed to see the pictures; God knows when I’ll get around to reading all posts. Btw, I like your bean jars…and the New England pot too. You have a nice little collection of utensils, don’t you?

    Hi Vaishali, glad to see you. I find it hard to come back after a time away too; there is much to catch up with. A year ago there were half as many blogs… so many great new places to visit now along with all my old favorites! I admit I am a kitchen utensil freak…. πŸ™‚

  9. Trupti said

    Oh cool! So nice and neat in those Mason Jars….

    Thanks Trupti! Only neat-looking for the photo though… now the jars are kind of tucked in one corner. But I do like the colors in the glass πŸ™‚

  10. Luv2Cook said

    Hey Linda –

    Am back :). Those dals look so good…I love the way you arranged them…mine are scattered everywhere..most used in the kitchen upstairs, less used in the big pantry downstairs…

    Hey Sam, stranger — happy to see you! Been checking periodically for your return πŸ™‚
    I was finding bags everywhere tied up with string and such… so was time for a home for wayward beans. πŸ˜‰

  11. RP said

    I think I should do this too..because I have so many dals in which some I don’t even use or I don’t even know how to cook with it. I think if I post the dals in my pantry, I will get some ideas of how to cook with those!
    A dal meme?

    Hi RP — a dal meme is a great idea! I have others that aren’t in jars and need ideas too. Will keep an eye out for your post πŸ™‚

  12. Ashwini said

    I loove that photograph Linda. This is the reason I love visiting your blog… you have a fresh perspective on things we (or I) tend to overlook. “Colorful dals in late summer night’ – pretty πŸ™‚
    And I am totally envious of your cookware. The bean pot is gorgeous. In India these exact two tones are used for ceramic jars. My mother still has them and always stores sour/ tangy things in them – pickles, salt, tamarind etc. Maybe they keep better? Do share more of your lovely collection.

    Ashwini, thanks so much for your nice words πŸ™‚
    After I posted the beanpot, I did remember Indira had a photo of a ghee pot that had similar coloring. These are glazed inside as well as out; I don’t know whether that is the same for Indian jars.
    Talking about envious — I just came from your egg curry post and I want that beautiful copper (?) serving dish (yea, you could leave the curry in it too πŸ˜‰ )!!

  13. sandeepa said

    Love those jars…waiting to buy some jars myself…
    And Indo inspired me to buy a lot of beans too

    Beans/dals are so much fun! Sandeepa, you can get those mason jars in just about any discount/department store; they are usually fairly cheap, especially toward the end of summer πŸ™‚

  14. Vini K said

    Hi Linda,those dals look really neat in all those uniform bottles!

    Thanks, Vini πŸ™‚

  15. sia said

    i am a big daal freak… i always have atleast dozens of different beans/lentils in my pantry:) just love ur colourful display of dals:) i can’t get enough of it:)

    Thanks Supriya, glad you enjoyed the pic! Maybe sometime you’ll share your pantry full of dals too πŸ™‚

  16. indosungod said

    Linda, for some strange reason the last time I came here I did not see the post on Baked Beans, the earthenware pot looks amazing and nice to learn how it was done traditonally. I would have never dreamed they were made in those pots. I like baked beans but they are a little sweet for my taste but there is alwasy red chilli powder. I am planning a visit to your neck of the woods just to taste the baked beans made in that pot.

    Hi ISG, isn’t it interesting how those pots are traditional here too? Please let me know when you’re coming and I’ll fix a big pot — even with chili powder! πŸ˜‰

  17. krithika said

    Looks amazing. What a neat display.Are those canning jars ?

    Thank you Krithika πŸ™‚ Yes, they’re canning jars. I may have said Mason jars somewhere but am not entirely sure that’s right. I think Mason jars might have the big wire mechanism on top where these do not. They’re economical though!

  18. Sushma said

    What a neat beautiful display of Dals.
    Loved it

    Thank you, Sushma! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  19. Manjula said

    Me too a dal and pulse lover..I have a huge collection of variety of pulses..i cook one of them every day. Is that Kulith in the 3rd from left? Do u have recipes of Kulith on ur blog?

    Manjula, I would love to see your collection of pulses! You are right about Kulith (I learned that name and several others for horsegram from fellow bloggers). It’s 3rd from left and if you’ll check here you can see what I made with it, as well as some links to other bloggers’ recipes πŸ™‚

  20. MeltingWok said

    I’ve only got the yellow chana dals I’m afraid hehe, wait till I finish that of and I’ll prolly venture into the red ones, heard they’re more flavorful ? Oh boy, you got a “scale” I see..hehe, I don’t have that either, e’thing’s an approximate for me, err that’s no good.

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