Urad dal is also known as Black gram in English and Masha in Ayurveda. It is used for various medicinal purposes in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is a rich source of nutrition and helps boost energy.
Urad dal is rich in fibers which help improve digestion. It may also help manage constipation by promoting bowel movements due to its laxative property. Regular consumption of Urad dal improves sexual desire in men which in turn helps manage sexual dysfunction due to its aphrodisiac property. Urad dal is also considered to be good for diabetes as it improves insulin secretion and sensitivity.
According to Ayurveda, adding Urad dal to your daily diet helps in weight gain due to its Guru (heavy) and Balya nature.
Applying the paste of Urad dal along with rose water and honey on the face helps promote skin whitening as it reduces melanin production and promotes skin health. Urad dal hair mask can be applied on the hair scalp to help strengthen and lengthen hair as well as manage dandruff.
Avoid eating Urad dal in excess at night as it takes a longer time to get digested properly. It is also advisable for pregnant women with constipation to avoid Urad dal and dishes made of Urad dal so as to prevent stomach problems.
Urad dal : Vigna mungo, Maash, Kalamug, Urada, Udu, Uddu, Chiringo, Adad, Arad, Ulundu, Uttul, Minumulu, Mash kalaya, Mash, Mei, Muji, Maga, Udid, Uzhunn, Masha, Mash-e-hindi, Banu-siyah.