The Indian Dahl, also spelled as daal, dal, and dhal is a thick Indian sub-continental dish prepared for the split, dried pulses, or legumes that is peas, beans, and lentils. Sometimes, this term is used for different soups made of these pulses.
The Indian dahl recipe uses clarified butter or ghee for its preparation along with lots of vegetables. But what makes Indian dahl one of the healthiest dishes is the different types of spices used in it. So, here all that makes it a really healthy and nutritious recipe.
High in Protein
The Indian dahl may include one or more types of lentils and pulses, all of which are high in protein and low in fat. These dals are very nutritious. The protein content in Indian dahl is so high that experts suggest it to eat every day.
It is easy to digest and light on the stomach. If you think of eating it on a daily basis, make sure you introduce new varieties so that you can avail the health benefits of every dahl.
Anti-Inflammatory and Antiseptic
The most common spice used in Indian dahl is turmeric. No matter which lentil or pulse you use, turmeric is a common spice to use. It is a bright yellow colour spice powder that is made of the turmeric root. It possesses high antiseptic, anti-allergic, and anti-inflammatory properties, which help alleviate various issues of the body and skin.
Turmeric reduces skin irritation, controls osteoarthritis, and reduces heart attacks. For this reason, it is used in various Ayurvedic medicines also. Moreover, turmeric is the only reason why Indian dahl has that lovely golden colour.
Cardamom pods or seeds are added to Indian dahl to give it a refreshing taste. It aids digestion and gives this dish a unique and lasting flavour.
Cardamom is roasted on light flame before it is added to the dahl. This helps to release the flavour from the seeds into the dish.
Another spice that makes Indian dahl very healthy and nutritious is powdered coriander. It is a rich source of antioxidants and is known to fight cancer and other severe health ailments.
Coriander holds rich antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which helps fight infections. It is good for memory, detoxifies metals, and even helps fighting cholesterol. It is a wonderful source of magnesium, iron, and fibre.
Cayenne pepper is another rich and healthy spice added to the Indian dahl recipe. This spice boosts metabolism and is great to reduce blood pressure. It aids gut health and helps relieve various kinds of pain.
Also, it may improve psoriasis, reduce cancer risks, and is easy to digest. Moreover, cayenne pepper enhances the overall taste and aroma of the recipe.
Cumin seeds are one of the core spices of all types of Indian dahls. This spice promotes digestion and is an excellent source of iron.
It helps with diabetes, improves blood cholesterol, promotes weight loss, prevents food-borne illnesses, and help with drug dependence.
This is another spice added to the Indian dahl. It has powerful medicinal properties and is loaded with antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties and improves sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Cinnamon is also great to reduce blood sugar levels.
The Indian dahl is so healthy and nutritious because of the various spices added to it. So, if you are trying preparing this at home, make sure you add all the spices so that your dish retains its health benefits and authentic flavour. If you’re new to spice blending, give our Lentil Dal Spice Blend a try.
Curry Lentil Dahl – Mild
Dahl is a mild curry made from dried lentils, peas, or beans, which have been made into a thick soup or stew. The spices are aromatic rather than hot and are added just before serving. Our lentil dahl blend is based on an authentic recipe from Southern Kerala in India. It is dark yellow in colour and is widely used in Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi cuisine. This is the go-to spice blend for any vegetarian or vegan cook. Its versatility is only limited by one’s imagination.$3.45