If you’re someone who has just stepped into the Indian Kitchen, the variety of lentils is good enough to confuse you, we agree. But what’s interesting is, each lentil variety holds a unique flavour and could be made in varieties of ways and be included in various dishes. How many times have we come across these dals and yet confusion never seems to go away. So, let us try to understand the basic dals you will find in your kitchen.
1. Arhar/Toor Dal
- First of all, Arhar and Toor Dal are the same things! They’re also known as Pigeon Peas.
- It is beige in colour, with a yellow interior part.
- It is an important source of folic acid, proteins, and fiber.
- It is often prepared with onions, tomatoes and rich spices and served with rice.
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2. Chana Dal
- Chana Dal comes in three variants (1) Split Chana: flat and yellow, (2) Desi Chana: dark brown and (3) Kabuli Chana: large and a light beige colour.
- Chana Dal is used for everyday meals and can be cooked as a solitary ingredient or mixed with other vegetables for a unique flavour.
- It has a unique texture that is slightly coarse.
- It is low in fat and thus lowers cholesterol. It is also an excellent source of zinc, calcium, and protein.
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3. Masoor Dal
- Also known as Red Lentil, it has a brown skin and is a vivid reddish orange colour inside.
- It is commonly consumed in Northern India and has a deep, earthy flavour.
- It is a great source of Vitamin B1, protein, amino acids and potassium.
- It is usually cooked as a spicy stew with various herbs and spices.
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4. Moong Sabut
- One of the most versatile lentils, these are small in size and are green outside and yellow inside.
- They are used in various forms such as whole, sprouted, split with skin and without.
- With the skin on, the texture of the dal is slightly leafy while without the skin, it is quite soft.
- It is known as a vegetarian superfood as it contains Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium along with small amounts of many other required nutrients.
5. Urad Dal
- Also known as Black lentil, it is a small black seed with a white interior and one of the most common everyday lentils.
- It is not just used as curry dal but used for the preparation of various other sweet and savoury dishes.
- It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin B and protein.
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Lentils are boon for vegetarians, besides being a storehouse of protein, lentils are low in calories and high in nutrition. They provide a number of benefits like weight management, digestive health, heart health and your total go-to food. What’s most important though is that what you consume must be unadulterated and clean to enjoy the maximum benefits of your favourite food.
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