Urad Dal known as black gram, black lentil, white lentil the same lentil with the black skin removed. Black gram originated in India, where it has been in cultivation from ancient times and is one of the most highly prized pulses of India and Pakistan. It is nutritious and is recommended for diabetics, as are other pulses. It has been historically used as cementing agent along with other ingredients in the construction of several historic buildings.
The product sold as "black lentil" is usually the whole urad bean or urad dal. The product sold as "white lentil" is the same lentil with the black skin removed.
White gram originated in India where it has been in cultivation from ancient times and is one of the most highly prized pulses of India. It is an erect, sub-erect or trailing, densely hairy annual herb. The tap root produces a branched root system with smooth, rounded nodules. The pods are narrow, cylindrical and up to 6 cm long. The bean is boiled and eaten after splitting into dal.
White urad like other lentils and pulses are good source of protein and dietary fibre. They are low in fat and rich in B complex vitamins, calcium and potassium.
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