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Toor Dal

Toor Dal
Toor dal, also known as Arhar dal, is an important legume crop which is mainly used for its edible seeds. It is a rich source of various nutrients including proteins, complex carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins.
Apart from its nutritional value, it also has many health benefits. It is useful in diabetes as it helps to lower blood glucose levels due to the presence of antioxidants. It aids in weight loss by lowering the cholesterol levels. According to Ayurveda, it is Grahi (absorbent) in nature due to which it helps to manage diarrhea.
Toor dal is beneficial in wounding healing due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It also helps in managing skin infections as it has antimicrobial properties.
Consumption of Toor Dal is generally considered safe. However, it might cause cause allergies in some individuals[1][2][13-15].

What are the synonyms of Toor Dal?

Red gram, Tuver, Toor, Pigeon pea, Arhar, Ruharmah, Togari, Thuvara, Thuvarai, Tuvarai, Adagi Tuvari, Adhaki, Kakshi

What is the source of Toor Dal?

Plant Based

Benefits of Toor Dal

Diarrhea
Diarrhea is known as Atisar in Ayurveda. It occurs mainly due to improper food, impure water, toxins, mental stress and Agnimandya (weak digestive fire). All these factors are responsible for aggravating Vata. This aggravated Vata brings fluid in the intestine from various tissues of the body and mixes with the stool. This leads to loose, watery motions or diarrhea. Taking Toor dal soup helps to control the symptoms of diarrhea and makes the stool thick due to its Grahi (absorbent) property.
Tip
1. Cook the Toor dal by adding more quantity of water.
2. When properly cooked, strain the dal and take out the liquid.
3. Add a pinch of salt to it.
4. Take it once or twice a day as a remedy for diarrhea.

Weight loss
Toor dal, when taken regularly in the diet, helps in managing weight because of its Laghu (light) nature. It also helps to remove Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) from the body which is the main cause of weight gain.
Tip
1. Take 1/4 cup Toor dal or as per your requirement.
2. Soak it in water for 1-2 hours.
3. Cook it in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes.
4. Add turmeric and salt as per your taste.
5. Have it with roti for lunch or dinner.

High cholesterol
High cholesterol is mainly caused by an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This results in the accumulation of bad cholesterol as well as a blockage in the blood vessels. Toor dal helps manage cholesterol levels by improving Agni (digestive fire). It also helps to remove Ama and cleans the clogged vessels. Thus, controlling the high cholesterol levels.

How to use Toor Dal

1. Toor Dal
a. Soak ¼-½ cup of Toor dal for 1 hour.
b. Put the dal in a pressure cooker and add 3 cups of water to it.
c. Add turmeric and salt as per your taste.

2. Toor Dal Soup (Dal ka pani)
a. Cook the Toor dal with more quantity of water.
b. When properly cooked, strain the dal and take out the liquid.
c. Add a pinch of salt to it and take it as the best source of nutrients in case of jaundice and diarrhea.

Benefits of Toor Dal

Wound healing
Toor dal leaves helps in wound healing, decreasing the swelling and bringing back the normal texture of the skin. Applying a paste of Toor dal leaves along with coconut oil on the wound helps in quick healing and reduces inflammation due to its Ropan (healing) property.
Tip
1. Take a few fresh leaves of Toor dal.
2. Make a paste with water or honey.
3. Apply this paste on the affected area once a day for quick wound healing.


Stomatitis
Stomatitis is a condition of painful swelling inside the mouth. It is referred to as Mukhapaka in Ayurveda. Mukhapaka involves all the three doshas (mainly Pitta) and can also lead to bleeding in some cases. Chewing fresh leaves of Toor dal improves the healing process and reduce the inflammation due to its Ropan (healing) property.
Tip
1. Take a few fresh leaves of Toor dal.
2. Wash them and chew once or twice a day for quick healing of stomatitis.

How to use Toor Dal

1. Toor Dal Paste
a. For Baldness
i. Soak the Toor dal for 2 hours.
ii. Crush the dal in a pestle mortar to form a fine paste.
iii. Apply the paste evenly on bald patches.
iv. Leave it for 1 hour.
v. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
vi. Use this remedy twice a week to control baldness.

b. For Swelling
i. Soak the Toor dal for 2 hours.
ii. Crush the dal in a pestle mortar to form a fine paste.
iii. Apply the paste evenly on the affected area.
iv. Use the paste twice a day to control swelling.

2. Toor Dal Leaves
i. Take a few fresh leaves of Toor dal.
ii. Make a paste with water or honey.
iii. Apply on the affected area once a day for quick wound healing.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Do you need to soak Toor dal?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal needs to be soaked for 20 minutes. Soaking Toor dal prior to cooking decreases the cooking time and enhances the taste of the dal.

Q. Q. Is Toor dal good for diabetics?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal is good for diabetes. It might help to lower blood glucose levels by increasing the production of insulin. This is due to the presence of certain constituents which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties[1][16].

Q. Is Toor dal good for cholesterol?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor Dal is good for cholesterol. It might help to lower the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This reduces the risk of developing cholesterol-related complications[4][5].

Q. Does Toor dal have a role in cancer?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal might help in cancer as it contains certain constituent (cajanol) which has antiproliferative property. It prevents growth as well as the spread of cancer cells and can be used as supportive in cancer management[2][17].

Q. Is Toor dal good for weight loss?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal might help in weight loss as it has antioxidant properties. It helps to lower lipid levels in the body and helps manage weight[3].

Q. Q. Is Toor dal good for uric acid?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal might help lower uric acid levels. It contains certain constituent (anthocyanins) which might be responsible for decreasing uric acid levels. Thus, preventing gout as well as inflammation related to arthritis[9].

Q. Is Toor dal good for constipation?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal leaves juice is good for constipation as it has a laxative property. It helps to loosen the stool and promotes easy passage of stools[10].

Q. Q. Is Toor dal good for acidity?

scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Toor dal in acidity.

Q. Q. Is Toor dal good for gastritis?

scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Toor dal in gastritis.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Toor dal is good for gastritis. It helps to improve digestion due to its Laghu (light) nature.

Q. Can Toor dal be used in stomatitis?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal leaves might help in stomatitis due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains certain constituents which helps in reducing the inflammation related stomatitis[8][11].

Q. Can I use Toor dal on hair?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal can be used on hair as it is a rich source of protein , minerals and vitamins that improve the quality of hair and promotes hair growth[12].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Toor dal helps to control hair fall caused by excessive oiliness along with dandruff on the scalp. It has Ruksha (dry) property which helps to manage excessive oiliness and problems related to it.
Tip
Apply a paste of soaked Toor dal or Toor dal leaves along with rose water on the scalp to control hair fall.

Q. Can I use Toor dal on wounds?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Toor dal might help in the process of wound healing by promoting wound contraction and closure. It contains certain antioxidants which prevent further cell damage at wound site caused by free radicals. It also prevents infections in the wound due to its antimicrobial property[6][7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Toor dal leaves can help in quick healing of a wound. This is due to its Ropan (healing) property. It also helps in reducing the swelling and bringing back the normal texture of the skin.

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