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Black Gram Split

Also Known As : Split black lentils, Chilka urad dal, Minapa pappu, Mungo bean, White lentil
Technical Name : Vigna Mungo


Taste Profile

It has a bland, creamy and nutty taste when cooked.

Usage Tips

  1. Wash and rinse black gram split before using to remove any dirt or stones.
  2. Uncooked black gram split can be stored indefinitely in an airtight container placed in a cool, dry location. In cooked form, it can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  3. Black gram split can be pressure cooked like any other dal with some chopped onions, chillies and tomatoes, and can be served with rice or roti. It can also be cooked with chana dal or methi leaves.
  4. It can be used in South Indian preparations to make idli and dosa batters.
  5. It can be ground into flour or paste to prepare vada and papad. It can be used to make soups and khichdis as well.

Common names and forms

  1. Split Black Gram
  2. Split Black Gram (Urad Dal)
  3. Split Pulse Urd (Urd Dal)
  4. urad dal split
  5. Urad spilt
  6. Urad Split


Black gram split is a bean that originated in India and has been in cultivation from ancient times. It is a staple part of North Indian cooking and is considered as one of the highly prized pulses of India. The whole beans are narrow and cylindrical in shape that are split in half and is called white lentil. The split beans are creamy white from inside and black brown colored from outside. They turn mushy and thick when cooked. The dal retains its skin when cooked or boiled and has an unusual gelatinous consistency.

Health benefits

  • Improves digestion: Black gram split is rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre that promotes better digestion. It treats constipation, diarrhea, bloating and cramps, and is also known to be a good liver stimulant.(1)
  • Heart health: It contains magnesium, potassium, and fiber in high quantities that are beneficial for the heart and keep the cardiovascular system healthy. It also helps to maintain cholesterol levels and prevent atherosclerosis.(1)
  • Manage diabetes: Fiber regulates the amount of nutrients absorbed by the digestive tract. Being a rich source of fiber, black gram split helps to maintain sugar and glucose levels that make diabetes more manageable.(1)
  • Boost Energy: High content of iron in it helps to boost energy levels in the body. Iron also stimulates the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all body organs.(1)
  • Bone Health: It contains all essential minerals like potassium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium that improve bone mineral density and prevent bone-related problems like osteoporosis.(1)

Selection Guide

When buying black gram split, make sure it is free from dust, debris, and stones. Check for the expiration date when buying in packaged form.


Excess intake of Black gram split can increase the amount of uric acid in blood which can stimulate the calcification of stones (the accumulation of calcium salts in a body tissue) in the kidney. This over consumption may cause gallstones or gout rather preventing them.(2)

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