Chana dal or Bengal gram is a staple in India. It is also known as baby chickpeas or split chickpeas. It has a delicious nutty flavour, and when ground, it is known as besan or gram flour. The flour and the dal are used in a variety of lip-smacking dishes. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘चणक’ or ‘chanaka’ which indicates that it has been in cultivation in India for a really long time. Its origins are believed to be in the eastern Mediterranean region, and it belongs to the family called Leguminosae.
It is an excellent source of energy, proteins and fibers which in addition to keeping your heart healthy, is diabetic friendly and improves insulin response.