Wednesday, November 2, 2016



2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses by the sixty eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 20, 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has been nominated to declare a year for pulses.

An International Year designation provides an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness and to celebrate the role of beans, chickpeas, lentils and other pulses in feeding the world. Even more importantly, it will be a galvanizing moment to draw together key actors to further the contributions pulses make to health, nutrition, and sustainability

The FAO intends to make people more aware of the nutritional value of pulses, of their contribution to sustainability, and more reliable food. The year should facilitate cooperation within food production systems to use protein in pulses better. Also the year should promote production of pulses worldwide, improve crop rotation and improve trade in pulses.[4]
The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

We know you love pulses, which is why we want to give you 10 ideas for ways you can help promote the 2016 International Year of Pulses.
  1. Eat more pulses! Include pulses more often in your daily diet and in your weekly meal planner, but also choose pulses at restaurants and at the take-away counter.
  2. Bring pulses into gatherings with family, friends and colleagues - as many people did last January 6th for Pulse Feast!
  3. Have you created a recipe? Donate it to the global collection, and we will feature it on once it launches. Send your recipes to
  4. Be social and talk about us! Post your pulse dishes, use the hashtags #IYP2016, #Healthyeating, #Recipe or #Pulses and follow us on TwitterYoutubeFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.
  5. Do you have a blog? Include a link to our website in it. Include links to iyp2016.organd in your social media posts!
  6. Contact your favorite local restaurant, your children’s canteen, and office or campus cafeterias and tell them about the International Year of Pulses. They may want to offer new pulse dishes or propose promotions on pulse dishes in their menus.
  7. Tell your local grocery store about IYP!
  8. Donate pulses to your local food bank.
  9. Contact local youth groups and ask them to promote pulses by including them in their activities!
  10. Get creative with pulses by working them into dishes you already know or invent new recipes. Have you tried pulses for dessert? Chocolate and beans are a great combination, like in these Black Bean Brownies. Have you thought about using pulse flours? Add some extra protein to your cakes, breads and cookies, or add pulse puree for extra moisture.

We know you all love pulses, which is why we want to give you 10 ideas on what your National Committee can do to help promote the 2016 International Year of Pulses.
  1. Include a link to on your website, and the future Consumer facing site
  2. Donate your recipes to the global collection, and feature the recipes on your web site. Send your recipes to
  3. Be social and talk about us! Follow us on Twitter @LovePulses and use the hashtags #IYP2016, #LovePulses, and #PulseFeast
  4. Launch new conversations by talking about different uses for pulses through your social media platforms.
  5. Share your news. Send us your pulse related news to include in the News pages of
  6. Sign up to the Brand user guideline agreement for your country, please refer to the Pulse Brand Usage Page available here for more information. 
  7. If you haven’t submitted your National Signature Dish yet, please do so and we will feature it in the World’s Greatest Pulse Dishes on our website.
  8. Submit your event to to include on our Event Calendar.
  9. Translate materials on into your national language.
  10. And finally… to welcome the Year, eat pulses!

How to get kids to eat pulses

Pulses are a highly versatile ingredient to cook with—as either a main meal or a side dish, they are the perfect complement to even the boldest of flavours. But just like any new ingredient, convincing the pickiest eaters in the family to try these nutritious beans, peas and lentils can sometimes prove difficult. Below you will find some fun and creative suggestions for getting your kids excited about eating their pulses.
Start with the familiar
Hummus is a widely popular dip made of chickpeas and many children love it. But did you know you can make it with almost any kind of cooked pulses? Using your favourite hummus recipe, simply replace the chickpeas with cooked lentils or beans. Try serving with toasted pita or sliced veggies, or spread on a sandwich.
Burgers and meatballs are also a popular food with children, and lentils, beans or a mixture of the two can be substituted for meat to make delicious, homemade veggie patties and meatless meatballs.
Eliminate mushiness
Many kids hate the “mushy” texture of beans. This can be eliminated by cooking with dried beans instead of canned beans, which produce a much more palatable texture. Dried beans should be soaked overnight before cooking.
Take the hands-on approach
Getting kids involved in the cooking process can make them excited about trying the dishes they helped create. Take a trip to the market together and let your children choose the pulses that they want to eat.
When making veggie patties with pulses, let kids help you mix and shape the patties. You can also let kids build their own burritos or tacos using beans as an ingredient.
Play with your food
Beans, peas and lentils are easy to arrange on a plate to create different designs. Shape your beans into happy faces or your lentils into shooting stars—or let your children design their own plate of pulses.
Mix into your favourite soups and sauces
Cooked lentils, beans and peas can easily be pureed and stirred into soups, stews and even sauces. They not only add depth and flavour, but also help thicken your soups and stews to make them heartier and more nutrient-rich.
Save room for dessert
Many desserts incorporate beans, as they have a mild flavour and can add richness and moistness to baked goods. In East Asian cuisine, sweet bean pastes are used often in desserts such as mooncakes and steamed buns. You can easily add beans into your own desserts by making a sweet bean paste from pureed red beans and brown sugar. Cooked black beans can also replace eggs in many chocolate cake and brownie recipes—and your kids will never know the difference!