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Black Gram

Also Known As : Urad dal, Black lentils, Mungo beans, and Matpe beans
Technical Name : Vigna Mungo


Taste Profile

Black gram has a very strong earthy flavor.

Usage Tips

  1. Black gram can be used to cook dals, soups, stews and side dishes.
  2. It can be used in culinary preparations such as papad and curries.

Common names and forms

  1. Black Chickpea
  2. Black Gram Dal
  3. Black Lentil
  4. Black Lentil (Urad Dal)
  5. Black Urad
  6. Black Urad Dal
  7. Black Urad Whole
  8. Organic Black Gram Whole
  9. Organic Urad Daal
  10. Roasted black gram
  11. Unpolished Desi Urad Dal (Sabut)
  12. Unpolished Desi Urad Dal (Sabut)
  13. Urad
  14. Urad Chilka
  15. Urad Dal Black Whole
  16. Urad Dal Washed
  17. Urad Dal whole
  18. Urad Whole
  19. Vigna Mungo
  20. Whole Black Gram


Black gram is one of the important pulse crop grown throughout India. It is grown in rainy and summer season. It has a black colored skin with a sheen. It is cylindrical and vertical in shape. Beneath its skin is a whitish portion which is oval in shape. It is generally used in the form of 'Dal'. It has a very short­ life span ranging from 90 to 120 days.

Health benefits

  • Black gram contains dietary fiber that improves digestion.(1)
  • They contain high levels of iron which is an important nutrient for the body, as it stimulates the production of red blood cells.(1)
  • They contain minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium which boosts bone mineral density.(1)
  • Black gram helps to give relief from pain and inflammation.(1)
  • They also contain fiber, magnesium, and potassium which is good for heart health.(1)

Selection Guide

Select the Black gram that is free from insects, and pests. Black gram should be free from any inert matter i.e. dust particles, or weed seeds.


Consumption of high amounts of Black gram increases the amount of ureic acid in blood which stimulates their calcification and stone formation in the kidney. They may also lead to gall stones or gout.(2)

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