Chana dal is baby chickpeas that has been split and polished. It looks and tastes like small kernels of sweet corn, and is one of the most popular ingredients in Indian cuisine.
Chana dal is delicious, nutritious and easily digested. Apart from being used in soups, salads, curries, dal preparations, savouries, sweets and rice dishes, the legumes are also roasted and powdered into chickpea flour (besan), another ingredient that is widely used in almost every province of India.
• Chana dal is high in fibre and helps to lower cholesterol.
• Apart from having a great taste, it also has a very low glycemic index, which is important for those with diabetes.
• Chana dal is a helpful source of zinc, folate, calcium and protein.
• It is low in fat and most of it is polyunsaturated.