Urad dal is a type of lentil that is widely consumed in Uttarakhand, a northern state in India. Also known as black gram or black lentil, urad dal has a black outer skin and a creamy white interior. It is a staple ingredient in Uttarakhand’s cuisine and is used to prepare various dishes.
One popular dish in Uttarakhand is “Urad Dal Ki Gahat,” where urad dal is combined with horse gram (gahat) to make a nutritious and delicious curry. Another common preparation is “Urad Ke Pakode,” where the dal is ground into a batter with spices and deep-fried into crispy fritters.
Urad dal is a good source of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, making it a valuable part of the traditional Uttarakhandi diet.
Urad is used for auspicious occasions in the mountains apart for as a mixed “Dal” mountain folk use it in powdered form to make a dish called “Chaisa”
- Rich source of proteins
- Easily degestible
- Rich in Fibre