Most of you would agree when we say that our traditional dal chawal makes for quick, comfort food almost all the time. Indian cuisine can be rather interesting because even amongst dals we have a variety—from toor(tuvar) dal to masoor to chana dal,  almost all these lentils are extremely high in nutritional value besides being a rich source of protein. Want to know more on their health benefits? Here’s a list…

Yellow pigeon peas (Toor dal)

Yellow pigeon peas<em> (Toor dal)</em>

An integral part of South Indian cuisine like sambhar, toor dal is highly nutritious. It contains carbohydrates, which the body needs for energy. It’s a great source of protein for vegetarians and the good news is that it is a low fat and low-cholestrol alternative. This dal also contains fibre, which means it cleanses your stomach and frees your body of digestive problems.


Split bengal gram (Chana dal)

Split bengal gram <em>(Chana dal)</em>

If you’re suffering from diabetes or have been trying to lose weight, including chana dal in your diet might be a wise move given the fact that this dal has a low GI (Glycemic Index), which means it has the power to control the rise of sugar levels. Moreover, it’s also a rich source of zinc, which is essential to the body since it helps the immune system fight bacteria and viruses.


Split green gram (Moong Dal)

Split green gram<em> (Moong Dal)</em>

If you’ve been looking to up your fibre intake, your body needs more of moong dal because this one contains both water-soluble fibre as well as soluble fibre. Fibre is known to keep your intestinal tract clean while water-soluble fibre has the power to reduce LDL cholesterol thereby reducing your risk of cardiovascular ailments.


Chickpeas (Kabuli chana)

Chickpeas (<em>Kabuli chana</em>)

Besides being rich in protein, chickpeas contain iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, zinc as well as vitamin K—all of which help in maintaining your bones. Moreover, they also contain a mineral called selenium, which is the reason for liver enzyme function. It also aids in the process of detoxification of cancer-causing compounds in your system. One dal, so many solutions!


Black gram lentils (Urad dal)

Black gram lentils<em> (Urad dal)

This dal is known for its iron content. It is especially beneficial for women as they often suffer from iron deficiency. It boosts your energy levels and replenishes the iron storage in the body. Since it also has anti-inflammatory properties, it can help treat joint pains and muscles pain to a great extent.