Lentils make frequent appearances through different forms in the traditional Indian diet. While dietitians of the west are only recently beginning to discover the health benefits of this wonder food, Indian households have been making use of it for years. Whether it is blended in our warm khichdis and crispy vadas or served as gravy, lentils (commonly known as daal) are a popular addition to every meal of the day.

But have you ever wondered what these little kernels of goodness do for your health?

Lentils are an excellent source of nutrients such as protein and fibre.  This helps lower the cholesterol in your blood, keeping your arteries nice and clean, but most importantly, far away from any risk of heart disease.

They are also a great source of iron and complex carbohydrates. While the mention of carbs usually sends people running for the hills, it’s necessary to understand that small doses of healthy carbohydrates are essential to provide your body with enough energy to power through a busy workday.

Stay tuned and keep an eye out for our next blog post to find out how you can increase your lentil intake by trying some new, delicious dishes!