It is a variety split lentil without skin and is red/dark orange in colour. It is an important part of the Indian vegetarian cuisines. It is a very cooking friendly food as it does not need soaking prior to cooking and cooks quickly. Once cooked, it turns into dark orange in colour and has a unique earthy flavor.
Masoor dals are heavily rich with about 26 per cent protein. They are also extremely rich in soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract,thereby helping in removing bile from the body. Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties.
It helps in eliminating and reducing blood cholesterol levels. The soluble fiber in lentils has the property of trapping carbohydrates. It slows down the digestion and absorption process, hence preventing major changes in blood sugar level throughout the day. This helps diabetic patients.
What is inside?
On an average 1 cup (192g) of Masoor Dal contains the following nutrients.
· Carbohydrates 50g
· Proteins 115g
· Dietary fibre 59g
· Sugar 3.9g
Lentils have been consumed since prehistoric times and they have been believed to have originated in central Asia. Lentils have been mentioned in the Bible at many instances, one as an item Jacob traded to Esau for his birth right, and an other as a part of the bread made during the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish people.