5 Top Health & Skin Benefits, Nutrition Of Masoor Dal | Red Lentils

Masoor dal | Red lentil is one of my favorite dals that I completely love. In India, we use many varieties of dal in our cooking and red lentil is one among them. Masoor dal is a highly nutritious dal that we should all try to incorporate in our daily diet often. It is a very soft dal that usually cooks very fast and needs no pre soaking.

Masoor Dal Common Names:

Red lentil is called Masoor Dal in Hindi, Mysore Paruppu in Tamil, Masur Dal in Gujarati and Marathi, Masoor Parippu in Malayalam, Masur Bele in Kannada and Misur Pappu in Telugu.

Masoor Dal Nutrition:

100 grams of masoor dal has around 345 calories, 2.2 grams of fat, 59 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of protein. It is also rich in vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6, magnesium and calcium.

Masoor Dal Health Benefits:

1. Rich In Protein:

Like all pulses it is very rich in protein and regular consumption of plant protein is very essential for keeping our body in good health as it is low in fat unlike animal protein and full of fiber.

2. Very Filling:

Masoor dal is very filling and a cup of masoor dal soup will keep us fuller for long periods of time and is perfect to include in a weight loss diet. You can also include masoor dal everyday for lunch, it will keep you fuller and will prevent snacking in between meal times.

3. Rich In Fiber:

Masoor dal is rich in fiber so it helps regulate our blood sugar levels and is very good for diabetic patients. Since it is rich in fiber, consuming it regularly will help prevent constipation greatly.

4. For Skin Care:

Masoor dal is not only good for internal consumption, it is great for skin care too. Using masoor dal on our skin as a face pack removes suntan, black spots, dark spots and also greatly helps prevent wrinkles if used along with eggs.

5. Reduces Cholesterol:

Since it is rich in fiber and low in fat, it greatly helps reduce cholesterol levels too. Masoor dal is not commonly used here in Tamil Nadu like in Northern India but we do use it a lot at home.

How We Use Masoor Dal At Home:

My aunt used to sundry masoor dal mixed with beaten egg and then use it as a face pack. It is one of the most amazing face packs I have tried.

We also make masoor dal soup and masoor dal curry for chapathi at home. I would suggest using masoor dal at home regularly to get all the wonderful benefits it offers.

Masoor dal is found easily all over the world and it also stores well. At home I store masoor dal in an airtight box in the pantry after sun drying it well for a day and it lasts well for months together.

3 Top Way to Use Masoor Dal For Health & Skin Care:

1. Masoor Dal Soup:

For the soup, take a cup of boiled masoor dal in a pan and heat in low flame. Add in 1/4 cup of homemade coconut milk to it and once warmed up add salt and pepper and serve hot. You can add veggies and herbs of your choice to the soup. I just had it plain…

2. Masoor Dal Face Pack:

 For the face pack, break an egg, beat well and mix with masoor dal. Now spread on a plate and sun dry till crisp. Powder while still crisp from sun drying and then mix it with milk and use it as a face pack. you can find the instructions for it here.

3. Masoor Dal For Chapathi:

Boil a cup of masoor dal. Now in a pan heat coconut oil and add in ginger garlic paste. Once raw smell of ginger garlic paste goes, add in 1 finely cut onion. Next add in turmeric powder and chilli powder along with 2 finely cut tomatoes and saute till mushy.

Now add the dal and salt. Once it thickens switch off. Now for the tadka, heat little ghee in a pan, add in cumin seeds, 1 red chilli broken and curry leaves and add to the dal. Serve hot along with fresh homemade rotis.

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