Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Health Benefits of Masoor Dal- Red Lentil



Whole Masoor is one of the small and good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber from List of Indian DalsMasoor dal or Red Lentil is very important part of vegetarian diet in Indian cuisine. Masoor is sold in all forms like with or without skin, whole or split. It is very soft and cooks quickly.

After cooking it turns into soft golden color. Masoor dal is considered as an important part of diet for the vegetarians in Indian subcontinent.Always check out its color and freshness before buying, also need to see the stones or insect damages in dal. Carefully make sure that the dal which you are purchasing is not cracked and is free from debris.

Masoor Dal is always cooked in form of curry in Indian Cooking and served with roti and rice.Masoor dal can be cooked in the combination of various other vegetables such as beans, cauliflower, green peas, etc.You can make delicious and healthy khichdi recipe by adding masoor dal, rice and spices.There are lots of Masoor Dal Recipes to refer.

Its Biological name is Lens culinary. Names in different languages are:

Hindi- Masoor Dal
Tamil -Mysore Paruppu 
Malayalam- Masur Parippu 
Telugu- Misur Pappu 
Gujarati -Masur Dal 
Marathi -Masur Dal 
Bengali- Masoor 
Oriya -Masura 
Punjabi -Masoor Dal 
Urdu -Masoor Dal 

Health Benefits of Masoor Dal 


1. Masoor Dal contain high levels of protein, including essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine and are an essential source of inexpensive protein diet.

2.It also contains fiber, folate, vitamin B1 and minerals.

3.It helps to lower the cholesterol and helps in managing blood sugar levels sinc their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.

4.They are good source of potassium and iron.

5.Lentils are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants with antioxidant properties. Studies have proved that regular consumption of lentils can reduce the risk of breast cancer.


How to Use Masoor Dal:

1.Masoor dal is highly served with rice and roti.
2.It is a delicious lentil made in tomato and spices.
3.Masoor dal can be cooked in the combination of various other vegetables such as beans, cauliflower, green peas, etc.
4.Masoor dal is highly served in form of soup by adding vegetables and non-veg such as fish, chicken or pork.


How to Store:

1.Masoor dal should be stored at cool and dry place.
2.A well sealed container is the best place to store it.
3.You can store it for many months in the refrigerator.
4.If buying in bulk, then definitely store in the refrigerator.

More from List of Indian Dals

Along with Dals/lentils, seeds like Chia seeds,sesame seeds,Pumkin seeds,Hemp seeds are also very healthy option to include in our diet.Healthy seeds are full of vitamins,minerals ,essential oils and enzymes.There is List of Healthy Seeds which gives broader information on how seeds will help to improve health.

9 comments:

usatya31 said...

Poojaji!!! Your article on benefits of Masoor dal is quite good and
provides comprehensive information for all. Good job , well done.
Keep writing more like this.

Anandhi said...

Thks poojaji for the information.many people say it causes joint pains,and increases uric acid level..is it correct.how often can we include in diet ..

Anandhi said...

Thks poojaji for the information.many people say it causes joint pains,and increases uric acid level..is it correct.how often can we include in diet ..

Pooja S said...

Hi Anandhi,

I have never learnt that Having lentils and pulses in diet causes any proble.But if your bady has some specific allergy to it or some problem which aggrevates because of it, you have to check it with Doctor.

TIMES VOICE said...

ys,thnx, just i knew the value of the masoor dal, realy i dont before this article, thanx again for such a useful article....

Lucky Sign said...


wow! i found blog today. good blog ! i wil try. looks for spicy indian recipe. thankyou for shearing this information with us
!chowringhee satyaniketan

Lucky Sign said...


amazing step by step pictures..looks so good and beautiful. thankyou for shearing. chowringhee satyaniketan

Prema said...

I have heard during my chilhood that masoor dal induces paralysis and hence have been avoiding it till date. Can anyone please clarify if this is a true fact or just a myth? Also I have heard that consuming this gives lots of health problems. Will be too happy if anybody can throw light on this topic... thanx....

G.P.Latha

sushma shinde 0 said...

Hi mam my dad recently came to know he has sugar and he gone through leg surgery.everyone telling that masoor dal is not good for his health but dad like masoor dal n chapti.please mail me ur suggestion to my email id sushma0300@gmail.

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