Urad dal is commonly referred to as black gram. This popular lentil forms a part of South Asian cuisine. It is also extensively used in ayurvedic medicines referred to as ‘Masha’. Urad dal is known to promote the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells that are circulated and evenly distributed throughout the body and the vital organs. It restores the iron levels in nutrition deficient women and helps provide strength and stamina in pregnant women.
Urad dal helps the healthy growth and development of the fetus within the mother’s womb and in the production of sufficient milk to feed the baby. It helps to tone and build up muscle tissues, offering pain relief against muscle spasms, enhancing the elasticity of muscular tissues. Urad dal is a storehouse of vital minerals like that of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron, restoring excellent bone density and proper functioning of the bones. This makes it a vital food for athletes, growing children, adolescents, and the elderly. Consuming urad dal daily is known to treat nervous debility, disorders, facial and body paralysis, retention of memory, and more.
Urad dal is fawn-colored, skinned and flattened in appearance which contains fat, protein and carbohydrates for the body. It helps in reducing cholesterol levels and develops cardiovascular health.