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Knowing Indian Pulses with Rahul Enterprises

Author: Rahul Enterprises
by Rahul Enterprises
Posted: Jun 24, 2015

Pulses are an inseparable part of Indian diet. These south-eastern Asian springs are extremely high in protein value, fulfilling and sumptuous! Are you one of them who want to increase your family’s pulses intake by educating them about health benefits and fun-facts? If yes, you have reached the right place!

Moong Dal (green gram)Green gram is also known as moong dal in hindi, pesara pappu in telugu and hesaru bele in kanada.Attributes-These are small, round olive green beans. Taste wise sweet flavor and soft textured. They are light yellow in color once the skins are removed. Health Benefit- Moong dal is a superfood loaded with vitamin A, B, C and E. It also lowers cholesterol levels and is mineral rich.Fun fact- They are used in ice cream or frozen ice pops in Hong Kong. Moong dal halwa is a popular savory in Indian cuisine. Green gram bean paste is a common filling in Chinese mooncakes in Eastern China and Taiwan.

Rajma (kidney beans)Rajma is known as barbati beej in Bengali, sigappu kaaramani in Tamil and chikkuduginjalu in Telugu.Attributes- Red beans and kidney shaped, maroon colored beans available throughout the year.Health benefits- These very strong tasting fiber rich lentils are low on post meal-blood sugar levels, have great folate levels which are considered important during pregnancy. They consist of good levels of antioxidants and are rich in iron content.Fun facts- Rajma chawal served with chutney of Anardana is famous dish of Peerah, a town in Ramban district of Jammu. Going further, the Rajma of Chinta Valley in Doda district, The combination of Rajma and rice generally lists as a top favorite of North Indians. Kidney beans are also used in Chilean recipes like Mayra Stupka, and is an inseparable part of Pasta e Fagioli.

Whole Bengal Gram (Kala Chana)Kala chana is also known as whole Bengal grams in english, kadalai paruppu in Tamil, kadale bele in kannada, samaga pappu / chanaga pappu in Telugu.Attributes- These are small, dark brown in color and very rich in protein.Health benefits- The pulses are very nutritive, rich in vitamin A, the sprouted variety are rich in C, B and E. These combinations of vitamins prove to be a source of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals accelerate premature cell aging and majorly damage a person’s DNA strands.Fun facts- In Portugal it is one of the main ingredients in Rancho, eaten with pasta. Hummus is the Arabic word for chickpeas, which are often cooked and ground into a paste and mixed with tahini.

Whole Brown Lentils (Sabut Masoor Dal/ kali masoor ki dal)Also known as horse gram.Kollu (Tamil); Ulavalu (Telugu)As the name suggests whole brown lentils are dark brown colored on the exterior and tangy orange colored once the cover is removed. These round flat pulses are soaked quickly and are cooked faster. Whole brown lentils have high levels of protein, fiber, folate, vitamin B1, potassium, iron and minerals.Fun fact- Kongu Nadu is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu which is made of masoor dal.

Black Gram (Sabut Urad Daal)Sabut urad dal is also known as ulatham paruppu in tamil and Senga Pappu in Telugu.Attributes- These slightly elongated pulses have a sticky texture and bland flavor. Black urad dals turn out as white lentils when the outer skin is removed. They have a very strong earthy flavor.Health benefit- They prove to be an immunity booster. Great supplement for skin and hair. According to ayurveda, urad dal or black grams cure men’s as well as women’s sexual health.Fun fact- There are black gram flour cake recipes available to increase your family’s intake for black gram. This annual herb is one of the key ingredient in making the Idli-Dosa batter/ udid wada. In Bengal it is popularly called kalai/biuli dal. In Rajasthan, It is used to prepare dal which is especially consumed with "Bati".

Dehusking of dals means taking off the dal covers. The shiny, smooth surfaced dals we see in supermarkets and food suppliers can actually be lesser nutritional than the unpolished ones. Polished dals go through water, oil, marble powder and leather processing. Many-a-times, the older stocks are re-sold to the suppliers that goes through re-polishing further losing it's nutritional content and taste. So, it is very important to buy health-sealed, good quality dal from authentic pulses and cereal suppliers. Rahul Enterprises is a premier wholesale distributor for all major food-brands and provision products across Nashik, Shirdi and Pune. Find out more about pulses and cereals by visiting

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