Dals, The International Way
Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
19 February 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Low in calories, high in fibre, loaded with nutrition, and budget friendly, dals are absolutely perfect in every way! Prepared well, lentils make for hearty, healthy and satisfying meals. All dals are packed with quality proteins, healthy carbohydrates, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and loads of fibre. What’s more, they are flavourful, filling and have a host of health benefits – they lower cholesterol, effectively managing diabetes, boosting immune mechanism and regularizing bowel movements.

Internationally, red lentils or masoor are frequently used in mushy soups and curries. The masoor dal health benefits are outstanding and incorporating them in to the diet plan is highly recommended. Black lentils or urad dal are one of the most flavoursome lentils that we have around.

3 creative lentil recipes

3 creative lentil recipes

We’ve listed 3 continental lentil dishes for you. These innovative recipes will make you want to cook lentils every single day!

  • Tacos: Try a twist on bean tacos by using masoor instead. Make tacos using cooked masoor which is savoury and hearty. Vegetables like bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and lettuce, along with the tangy salsa elevate the dish significantly. Include corn in your dish to keep it healthy. Green cabbage and cilantro give it an appealing, vibrant green colour. Garnish with a dash of yogurt for that extra protein punch! And garnish liberally with cheese.
  • Shepherd’s pie: This outstanding dish uses whole masoor and requires a bit of prep time. Parmesan potatoes seasoned with rosemary and thyme spread over a bed of cooked lentils such as whole masoor and seasoned vegetables such as carrots, peas, and mushrooms. Filled with nutrition, vegetarian Shepherd’s pie is a perfect way to fuel up for your day. This pie is a crowd pleaser making it the ideal dish for any occasion!
  • Ethiopian Spicy Lentils: Giving lentils an Ethiopian flair, this recipe is truly satisfying. Made as a comforting curry, it uses spilt masoor, onions, tomatoes and spinach. It is flavoured using an Ethiopian spice blend which includes pepper, cardamom, ajwain, coriander, and methi seeds. It is absolutely splendid for a cold winter day. This wholesome curry is served on a bed of white rice.

Sincerely appetizing, and oh-so filling, lentils are great when a dinner party when you want to serve something exciting while keeping it healthy. They’re beyond doubt the most ideal high-protein, high-fibre food which ought to be integrated in to your menu. When buying lentils, make sure that you opt for organically grown and unpolished ones. Tata Sampann lentils – moong dal, masoor dal, urad dal and chana dal are unpolished. They do not undergo polishing procedures that use oil, water and leather and contain lower moisture levels, giving you more dal per kg and thus, more nutritional value. Lentils are most definitely a great wait to sneak in oodles of nutrition without sacrificing flavour.


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