Urad Dal- A high source of fibrous protein

Urad Dal - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

Dals or lentils are a high source of protein for people on a vegetarian diet. With so many varieties to choose from like the Toor Dal, Masoor DalMoong Dal, Urad Dal, and Chana Dal, one may be overwhelmed with which one to use. Well, each of these varieties comes with its nutrition profile.

Urad Dal - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

This blog focuses on the Urad Dal, a lentil rich in protein, carbohydrates, fats, and Vitamin B. 

Not many people know that Urad dal is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines.

Varieties of Urad Dal

Urad Dal is available in three forms and widely used in many traditional recipes. 

Urad Dal - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store
  • Whole Urad- One can make the delicious Dal makhani using the whole Urad and Rajma. Whole Urad can also be soaked overnight and used to prepare sprouts.
Urad Dal - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store
  • Split black urad with skin- This dal is well combined with Chana dal to make urad chana dal.
Urad Dal - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store


Urad Dal - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store


Health benefits of including Urad Dal in your diet

1: Helps in Digestion

Being a good source of insoluble and soluble fiber, Urad Dal aids in the digestion process. It is good for treating constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and cramps. Urad Dal is also a good liver stimulant.

2: Protects Your Heart

Magnesium and potassium found in Urad Dal are good for heart protection. The high fiber content along with these minerals balances the cholesterol levels and keeps the cardiovascular system robust. 

3: An excellent source of energy

The high iron content of urad dal health prevents anemia. Iron boosts the production of red blood cells in our body that carry oxygen to various organs. Therefore, pregnant women should consume Urad Dal as they run the risk of having anemia.

4: Enhances Bone Health

All the minerals in Urad dal like iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium improve bone density. Including urad dal regularly in your diet can prevent bone-related ailments such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

 5: Helps to Control Diabetes

Again, the high fiber content helps maintain the blood glucose levels. The fiber in the urad dal keeps you full for longer periods and aids in regulating the nutrients that are absorbed by your digestive tract. 

6: Good for Your Skin and hair

The high iron content increases the flow of oxygen in your body that directly translates to radiant skin. Consuming Urad Dal also strengthens hair because it is rich in essential fatty acids.


Because of the high protein content, urad dal can increase blood uric acid levels. It is not recommended for people suffering from gallstones, kidney stones, or gout. 


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