I have some moong dal that I bought at an Indian market a few months ago. I've stored them in a sealed tupperware container. When I opened them today (to make them for dinner tonight), they smell strongly - not necessarily bad, but pungent. Is this normal? Or have they gone bad?
It does sound strange to me. I always get my lentils and pulses for months and store but never they smelled pungent. It will have its own characteristic aroma. If it is rather pungent there should be some reason as to why. Please analyze it. Wash it and check if the smell goes off. If not, I would be hesitant to use it.