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Urad Dal: Highly rich in Vitamins, Minerals and Protein

Types of Urad dal, benefits of Urad dal, Sowing season, Nutrient information

Swati Sharma
Urad Dal
Urad Dal

Urad dal, called split Black Gram in English, is one of the famous pulses used in the southern part, mainly in Indian cuisine. Urad dal has many health benefits as it is rich in proteins and vitamins. Together with its advantages, it's excellent in taste and can make a variety of dishes. Apart from food, people use it as a face pack, and it's also used in Ayurveda Medicines.

Types of Urad Dal:

  • Whole Urad

  • Split black Gram with skin

  • Split washed white Urad

Do you know urad dal is one of the top 5 dals for daily diet?

Nutrient Information in Urad Dal:

One medium-size cup contains 210 grams that come from 105 grams of raw urad dal:

  • 364 calories

  • 25 gms protein

  • 5 gms carbohydrates

  • 4 gms fat

Which is the best time for sowing Black Gram?

If you plan sowing of a Black gram, then February third week to April first week is better for sowing seeds. In Tamil Nadu, the sowing period is from September to November.

The price of urad dal varies from Rs 60 to Rs 200 depending upon the whole, split, washed split, organic, inorganic, polished, unpolished.

Benefits of Urad Dal

  • Keeps Heart Healthy: Urad dal contains a high quantity of fibre, magnesium, and potassium that are exceptionally beneficial for our heart health. The potassium improves the blood circulation of your body and helps in preventing damage to the arterial walls.

  • Helps in Digestion: Dietary fibre in urad dal help bulk up the stool and stimulate peristaltic motion. Urad dal helps in diarrhoea, cramps, constipation. In addition to it, it is also effective in healing piles, colic disorder and is known as a good liver tonic.

  • High in Folic acid:Folic acid is a synthetic form of vitamin. Folic acid requires various metabolic processes. Pregnant women must consume urad dal; it is good if they are planning to conceive as well. It is important to maintain an ideal amount of folate before and during pregnancy. Folic acid deficiency in pregnancy can cause neural tube defects in the growing baby.

  • Healthy bones and teeth: As stated earlier, urad dal is rich in phosphorous and calcium that helps you to maintain healthy bonesand teeth.

  • Helps to maintain diabetes: Urad dal is rich in fibre and helps regulate the number of nutrients absorbed by the digestive tract. It allows you to keep sugar and glucose levels.

  • Good for skin and Hair:Urad dal is good in minerals and vitamins that reduce skin irritation. Urad dal improves marks and spots and brings more oxygenated blood that gives radiant and glowing skin. Minerals and fatty acids help in controlling dry and brittle hair.

You will find many south Indian dishes that include urad dal like dosa, idli, vada, and papad. North Indians generally make cheela, pakodas, papad, and much more out of it. Urad dal is also one of the best pulses for weight loss. You will be surprised to know that urad dal has been used in the mixture of Red Fort wall.

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