Dals of India – International year of Pulses - 2016

In lieu of 2016 being the International year of Pulses let’s take a look at why something dals, which are nothing but pulses split in half are such an indispensable ingredient in a health freaks diet chart

  • High in Protien
  • Gluten Free
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes
  • Heart friendly – controls cholestrol
  • Promote digestion
  • Energy Booster

Check out the individual benefits and some fabulous recipes with 6 of our favourite dals! 

Toor Dal / arhar dal

Toor dal is an excellent source of energy for the body in the form of complex carbohydrates. High in dietary fibre, with negligible cholesterol and good quantities of folate and iron toor dal is a healthy meal option especially for pregnant women.

Tur Dal Amti

This simple Maharashtrian staple is as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Just serve it along with some steamed rice and this flavorful dal requires no other accompaniment. 

Moong Dal / Mung dal

When the green skin is removed from moong beans what you get is tiny yellow moong dal grains and this kind of dal does wonders for your skin and hair. A paste of moongdal and milk applied on the skin for a couple of minutes can effectively heal dry skin, prevent acne and get rid of unwanted tans. Moong dal is also a dieter’s best friend because of the low calorie content in it. 

Baked Moong Dal Gujiya

This delicious recipe brings together two favourite mithais. Moong dal halwa and gujiya in a brand new baked avatar - this is festive food. 

Chana Dal

It is one of the richest sources vegan proteins and the high folate content helps keep diabetes at bay and promotes effective digestion. Nothing but young chickpeas that have been split and polished, chana dal is also ground to make besan or gram flour which is a very important ingredient in the Indian kitchen.

Pineapple and Chana Dal Strudel

This recipe is by Chef Ranveer Brar and we love the fabulous combination of pineapples and chana dal and the Indian flavours of this firang looking dessert. 

Urad Dal

With and without the skin, split and whole there are more than a couple of ways you can eat this lentil. With a slight sticky texture once cooked, urad dal causes the production of highly valuable short chained fatty acids in the digestive tract which help in the breakdown of food better. This is also the dal that goes into making scrumptious south Indian delights like idlis and dosas. 

Urad Dal Parantha

Whole wheat flour dough stuffed with a cooked spiced urad dal filling and pan fried with a touch of ghee. Can  be eaten any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.

Masoor Dal

Part of an inexpensive protein rich diet masoor dal or red lentils not just add plenty of gorgeous colour to your plate but loads of nutrition too. High fibre content prevents rise in blood sugar levels and antioxidants in it help build up immunity and prevent certain types of cancer.

Masoor Dal Keema

Full of flavour from fragrant Indian spices this mixture of masoor dal and mutton mince tastes equally great with rice as it does with any type of bread.

Rajma / Red Kidney Beans

High in manganese, folate and calcium rajma or kidney beans help in keeping your bones strong and in better absorption of nutrients form food. Ramja also contains insoluble fiber that is useful to regularize the bowel movements and promote effective digestion.

Rajma Galouti Kababs

Yes rajma chawal is amazing and an all time hit, but these kababs are equally good and definitely worth the try. Served with a yogurt dip these kababs can get pretty addictive.

Celebrate this International year of pulses with the fabulous recipes on Sanjeevkapoor.com

Recommended Recipes: Achari Amritsari Urad DalMoong Dal HalwaKashmiri DalRawa Dal TikkiDal MakhaniMoong Dal aur Til ke Vade

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