5 Reasons that make unpolished dal superior to polished dal

Don't chose shine over health. Learn the benefits of using unpolished dal over polished dal.

In recent a lot of focus has been on shifting to healthier alternates of the food that we’re consuming. It’s no wonder pulses (aka dal) are one of the most important ingredient of an Indian meal. I have myself grown up eating dal at the dinner almost each day, and I still do. In fact, pulses are the most important source of proteins for the vegetarians.

Furthermore, whether you’d agree with me or not, I’ve always found a bowl full of dal quite delicious. And, that’s not the end of it. Besides serving them as a curry, pulses can also be used to make several other delicious cuisines e.g. Dahi Vada, Dal pakodas, Puran Poli, Khasta Kachori, imarti and many more delicacies.

Before we proceed on to the comparison between unpolished dal and polished dal, let’s take a look at the nutritional value of some common pulses and lentils.

Pulses and legumesEnergy (Kcal)Fibre (g)Carbohydrate (g)Protein (g) Fat (g)Minerals (g)Calcium (mg)
        
 Gram 372 1.2 59.8 20.8 5.62.756
 Green gram 348 0.8 59.9 24.5 1.23.575
 Green gram whole 334 4.1 56.7 24 1.33.5124
 Kidney beans 346 4.8 60.6 22.9 1.3 3.2 260
 Moth beans 330 4.5 56.5 23.6 1.1 3.5 202
 Peas 315 4.5 56.5 19.7 1.1 2.2 75
 Red gram 335 56.5 19.7 1.1 2.2  73
 Soya bean 432 1.5 57.6 22.3 1.7 4.6 2450
 Whole gram 360 3.7 20.9 43.2 19.5 3 202
 Black gram 347 0.9 59.6 24 1.4 3.2 154

Source: Diethealthclub

Now that we know how nutritious these tiny little dal grains are, it’s time we get on with the main question: Unpolished dal vs polished dal.

If you’ve been doing your kitchen shopping, you might have noticed that the grocery stores might have several varieties of pulses, some with a shining smooth surface, while other with a rough dull luster. And, unfortunately, people tend to buy the shining dal without knowing that it is inferior to its crude version in terms of the health benefits it offers.

The process

Ever wondered how those pulses got their sheen? Well, before getting to the stores these pulses undergo a multi-step process of polishing that involves processing with water, oil, marble powder and leather. The process not only smooths the surface, but also adds a shiny coating.

[su_note note_color=”#f6f6ee”]Also read: Superfoods: Dietary Sources and Health Benefits of Antioxidants[/su_note]

Polished dal versus Unpolished Dal

Polished Dal Versus Unpolished Dal, Which One Do You Buy?
  1. Having lost its outer surface polished dal is inferior to unpolished dal in their taste.
  2. For the same reason polished dal takes longer to cook, thus adding to fuel consumption in a long run.
  3. The polishing agents used can be harmful to our health. The oil coating adds additional fat to the food, the water used comes from unreliable sources thus can contain any kind of impurities, and marble and soapstone powder are undoubtedly harmful to the intestines.
  4. Through the polishing process dal loses a lot of nutrients and fibres, thus polished is not only less nutritious but also harmful.
  5. In cases where dal isn’t sold for a long time, old stocks are usually sent back for re-polishing and then resold. Imagine what such a food would do to your health.
UNPOLISHED DAL VS POLISHED DAL INFOGRAPHIC

Presently unpolished dal might be costlier than polished dal only because their availability is rare and unaware people prefer polished dal. However if enough awareness is spread among people, the demand for unpolished dal would increase and that of polished dal would decrease. As a result availability of unpolished dal would increase, and hence lower cost.

I’m hoping next time you go out to buy some dal, you’d ask the shopkeeper for unpolished dal only.

Buy Unpolished Dal on Amazon

[su_note note_color=”#f6f6ee”]Further Reading: Whole-grain Noodles and Pasta or The Regular Maida, What to Eat?[/su_note]

5 Reasons that make unpolished dal superior to polished dal 3
Dr. Kishor Kumarhttps://kishorkr.com
Kishor Kumar is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur, enthusiast learner, and occasional web designer. He is founder of Zigverve, Zigreads, Books & Writers and PastelRed.

Related Articles

Best volunteer destinations that will change your life

Volunteer work is an amazing way to broaden your horizons and meet people with similar values. Internal reward and a sense of...

Women and protein – An essential guide

Have you ever has a successful week of clean eating only to start craving sweet snacks? Women tend in diet and nutrition...

How to use eyebrow definer and get the best results no matter your brow condition

The eyebrow definer is changing, but if you have the right one you can deliver the WOW factor to your eyebrows. Do...

Get in Touch

5,194FansLike
6,390FollowersFollow
5,461FollowersFollow
4,827SubscribersSubscribe

Latest Posts

Best volunteer destinations that will change your life

Volunteer work is an amazing way to broaden your horizons and meet people with similar values. Internal reward and a sense of...

Women and protein – An essential guide

Have you ever has a successful week of clean eating only to start craving sweet snacks? Women tend in diet and nutrition...

How to use eyebrow definer and get the best results no matter your brow condition

The eyebrow definer is changing, but if you have the right one you can deliver the WOW factor to your eyebrows. Do...

Are you following these 8 important things while gardening?

Nothing is more painful than a garden that won't grow. Regardless of whether it's difficult soil or troublesome pests, a dangerous garden...

Adorable floral arrangement ideas for your home decoration

Apart from the furniture and other home décor accessories, going for a fantastic flower arrangement will set a good mood for your...