Thursday, 1 October 2009

Black Gram /Urad Bean

Black Gram/Black Lentil /Sabut Urad

English Name: Black Gram/Black Lentil

Common Indian Name (Hindi): Sabut Urad

  • These lentil-like Urad beans have black skins covering creamy white interiors. Black skin provides them rich earthy flavor. They have an uncanny ability to absorb flavors.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers discovered that the pigment in Black Lentils acts like an antioxidant and helps protect against heart disease, cancer, and the aging process in general.
  • Black Lentil provides protein and cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, as well as about twice as much iron as other legumes. It is recommended for diabetics, as are other pulses.
  • Lentils are higher in most B vitamins and folate, which is especially important for women of childbearing age because folate reduces the risk of birth defects.
  • Urad is very popular in Punjab cuisine of India and Pakistan where it is known as ‘sabit maash’.
  • In Telugu it is called as ‘Minumulu’ and in Kannada ‘Uddina Bele’.

Split Black Lentil/ Split Urad Dal

English Name: Split Black Lentil

Common Indian Name (Hindi): Chhilke Wali Urad Dal

  • Whole Black Lentil is split without removing the coat.
  • These can be used in vegetarian cooking as a meat substitute.
  • These tiny lentils are low in fat and high in protein and fiber.

Ivory White Lentil / Dhuli Urad Dal

English Name: Ivory White Lentil

Common Indian Name (Hindi): Dhuli Urad Dal

  • Ivory White Lentils are split and skinned Black Lentils.
  • These are creamy white tiny, lens shaped seeds of a small shrub with mild, earthy flavor than unskinned lentils.
  • These lentils are low in fat and high in protein and fiber.
  • There is no need to soak lentils. They are quick in cooking and versatile. They are used in soups, stews, baked beans, stir-fry, spreads and dips.
  • Traditionally these are used in South Indian cooking. They are ground with rice to make light and spongy steamed dumplings or cakes called Idli and pancake like Dosa.


I.f. said...

great info. Thanks.
Just came back from India and wanted to know about some of the Dosa ingrediants.

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Merv said...

this info came in handy