Pigeon peas / Toor Dal
Pigeon Peas is known as “toor dal” in hindi. It is also known as Red Gram, Yellow Dhal, Angola Pea, Congo-Pea. Around 3500 years ago it was domesticated in India. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B9, iron, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, proteins, lipids, minerals like iron, potassium and manganese and carbohydrates.
Why should you consume pigeon peas?
- Pigeon peas is rich in potassium which helps in lowering the blood pressure. It acts as a vasodilator and thus reduces the blood pressure.
- It is extremely rich in protein which is necessary for growth and development of the tissues and cells.
- Folate helps in curing anemia and also prevents birth defects in newborns.
- Pigeon peas have anti-inflammatory compounds which reduces swelling and inflammation thus preventing various chronic diseases like heart disease, rheumatism and piles.
- It is extremely low in calories, cholesterol and saturated fats therefore, helps in weight loss.
- Pigeon peas are energy booster due to the presence of B vitamins especially riboflavin and niacin.
- Vitamin C increases the immunity and also increases the production of the white blood cells which helps in fighting off various infection and illnesses.
- Potassium and fiber helps in keeping the heart healthy. It prevents atherosclerosis.
- Fiber keeps the gut healthy, regulates the bowel movements and thus treats constipation.
- Traditionally, it is used to heal wounds and sores.
- It effectively stops bleeding.
- It is also used to treat lungs and chest diseases.
- It cures jaundice, cough, bronchitis, diarrhea, chlorosis and abdominal pain.
- Its root is used as sedative, expectorant and anthelmintic..