A very common and nutritious ingredient in any Indian meal is Dal. Also known as pulses, they are described as the dried edible seeds of cultivated legumes. Pulses belong to the peas, beans and lentils family.
There are a variety of Dals. However, one thing is common among them. All the Dals are a rich source of protein and iron. So, it is advisable to include a mix of Dals in your daily diet.
Let us take a look at the prominent Super Five, viz., Toor Dal, Moong Dal, Urad Dal, Chana Dal and Kabuli Chana and know their health benefits.
1. Chana Dal: Also known as Bengal Gram Dal, it is one of the most popular legumes in India. Produced by removing the black outer layer of black chickpeas and then splitting into two halves, Chana Dal is very nutritious & the richest source of dietary protein. Trace minerals such as copper, manganese, etc., can be found in this Dal. Terragreen’s organic Chana Dal is also a delight for a diabetic as it has low Glycemic Index and this controls the rise of sugar level of the body. Also, it is low in fat and rich in fibres.
2. Moong Dal: Identified by their bright yellow colour, this type of Dal is skinned and split and that is why it appears to be flat. The best part about this Dal is that it cooks quickly, has almost zero saturated fat and is easily digestible. This is the reason people with digestion woes are advised to replace regular Toor Dal with Moong Dal. Since it also contains water-soluble fibres; its consumption helps in reducing LDL cholesterol and saves one from cardiovascular diseases. What’s more? Moong Dal is rich in protein, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium too.
3. Toor Dal: Alternatively known as Yellow Pigeon Peas or Arhar Dal, this Dal is very popular in India, especially in Gujarat and is the base ingredient in Sambar. This Dal is rich in complex dietary fibres which help in regularising bowel movement. Also, the folic acid in this Dal makes it a good one for pregnant women. Apart from this, Terragreens’ organic Toor Dal is also rich in protein, carbohydrates, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium and is low in saturated fats and free of cholesterol.
4. Urad Dal: Referred to as Black Dal when whole and white when it is skinned and split, this Dal is very rich in proteins, Vitamin B, iron and fibres and used for making a variety of dishes. Regular consumption of Urad Dal generates energy in the body by balancing iron levels, improves digestion and controls cholesterol. Also, you can also find good fat, carbohydrates, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium in Terragreens’ organic Urad Dal.
5. Kabuli Chana: Popularly known as Chole, Gabenzo beans or white chickpeas, Kabuli Chana is an edible legume with a nutty and creamy flavour. Terragreens’ organic Kabuli Chana is rich in natural proteins and vitamins which play a major role in …