Chana dal is baby chickpeas that has been split and polished. It looks and tastes like small kernels of sweet corn, and is one of the most popular ingredients In Indian cuisine.
Chana dal is a split lentil, also known as baby chickpeas, which is very popular in Indian Cuisine. It is highly nutritious, delicious and is used in both sweet and savory recipes due to its rich taste and aroma. Moreover it can be used to make chutneys as well as be used as thickener in many recipes, showing how versatile it is.
1. Besan, a type of flour, is made by grinding up chana dal. This flour is gluten free and is mainly used to make batters for pakodas like onion pakoda or aloo pakoda, for making pancakes or chillas and to make the famous Besan ladoos.
2. Chana dal is used all over India to make dals, curries and subzis. Maharashtrians eat the simple Palak Chana Dal while Sindhis make the wholesome Sai Bhaji. The Gujaratis eat it with bottle gourd in a Doodhi Chana Dal Subzi while the Assamese make a delicacy called Booter Dal. All of these can be accompanied with roti and rice to make whole meal.
3. It used to make a very famous Sindhi breakfast dish called Dal Pakwan which is a whole meal in itself.
Nutritional Information of Cooked Chana Dal
One cup of cooked Chana Dal is 170 grams and comes from 89 grams raw Chana Dal.This Serves 3.
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Nutritional Information for 1 cup cooked Chana Dal.
18.5 grams of Protein
53.4 grams of Carbs
4.98 grams of Fat
131 mcg Folate, Vitamin B9 (FA) = 65.63% of RDA (about 200 mcg)
See here for full Nutritional information of Chana Dal. Health Benefits of Cooked Chana Dal, split Bengal gram One cup of cooked Chana Dal provides 33% of your protein for the day. Chana dal is heart and diabetic friendly, also rich in fiber. Chana dal has high amount of potassium and low amount of sodium which makes it very effective in regulating your blood pressure. Read this article on complete benefits of chana dal.