Pulses are the seeds of certain plants of the legume family — plants that produce seeds or grains that grow within pods, such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas. Pulses are legume crops that are grown for their dry seeds to be used as food or grain. Pulses are an extremely healthy food due to their high protein content relative to other vegetables. Their other nutritional benefits include providing a source of complex carbohydrates, important vitamins and minerals such as folate and iron, and antioxidants. Pulses are most nutritional when consumed along with a grain or cereal to provide a good source of methionine, the level of which is low in pulses. For instance, rice is often eaten with dal, baked beans with bread, etc.