What Goes In A Delicious Dal Snack?
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.
Dal-based snacks can be super delicious and most definitely nutritious! Flavour-packed, crispy, and irresistible - these snacks made from dals can be rustled up in less than 30 minutes. They're healthy, contain many nutrients and are low in fat.
Lentil-based recipes are simple to cook, and more importantly, they are super versatile. Having a nutty and earthy flavour, dals are vegetarian protein powerhouses. They are also a good source of dietary fibre, which helps keep cholesterol levels in check and may also help prevent heart diseases. The fibre also helps in ensures that the blood sugar level remains stable and that there aren’t any fluctuations. Dals contain vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, iron, phosphorus, and zinc, too. Also, given the fact that they keep you fuller for longer, lentils are a heaven-sent for the weight-watchers.
So, if you are looking for good healthy snacks to dish up in a matter of minutes, look no further - we’ve got you covered! Remember to select unpolished dals for your recipes. Tata Sampann Dals do not undergo any process of polishing with water, oil or leather, keeping integral nutritional value of the dal intact.
3 drool-worthy dal snacks
- Moong dal tikki: A delightful amalgamation of moong dal, carrots, potatoes and spices - all worked into a yummy tikki! Full of savoury flavours, a lovely texture, and high protein, this recipe is an irresistible treat! To amp the nutritional value, you could use Tata Sampann Besan as a binder to shape the tikkis. Toss these in to the oven or stir fry them in a hot frying pan. These tikkis make for perfect starters and snacks. They taste delicious with soups and salads.
- Chana dal kebabs: Charm your family with this genius appetizer! These kebabs are crunchy from the outside and soft from the inside. Kebabs can be prepared in advance for a barbeque party as they are a huge crowd pleaser! Chana dal, onions, ginger, garlic, coriander and spices come together wonderfully in this kebab. Kebabs need to be cooked on slow heat so that the spices and aromatics mix well. Pair them with a yogurt and mint dip. You could also incorporate the kebab in a wrap with fresh vegetables – lettuce, carrots, capsicum, and cucumber to turn them into a meal.
- Chillas: Mouth-wateringly crispy and soft, crepes or chillas are made with moong dal, besan and rava. Use a lot of vegetables and you have yourself a complete meal. Add yogurt to give the batter that fluffiness. Even the children love them! Infinitely adaptable, you can have chillas for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! Make this snack easily at home by using Tata Sampann Moong Dal and Multigrain Chilla Mix. Serve them with dahi, pudina chutney, ketchup or khajoor-imli chutney.
A single cup of cooked lentils approximately provides 230 calories and 18 grams of protein, along with loads of nutrients. Unlike beans and legumes, dals do not need overnight soaking and can be prepared rather speedily. They easily absorb flavours from spices and other foods and are significantly high in nutritional value. It’s no wonder that dals are called one of the world’s healthiest foods!
- Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno
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